- Kieran Darcy, ESPNNewYork.com
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Here are three things to watch for when Seton Hall (19-9, 8-8 Big East) takes on Rutgers (12-16, 4-11 Big East) on Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Tip-off is at 5 p.m., and you can watch the game on ESPNU, or via ESPN3.
SENIOR NIGHT: This will be the last home game for Seton Hall's two leading scorers, point guard Jordan Theodore (16.2 ppg, 6.7 apg) and power forward Herb Pope (15.3 ppg, 10.4 rpg). They have the carried the Pirates all season long, and are on the verge of taking them to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006. They should get a wonderful reception from the crowd.
Also, senior walk-on Peter Dill -- who has played just seven minutes this season -- is expected to start, and that will have the fans going wild as well. More on Dill here.
MORE DRAMA? Any time these two intrastate rivals get together, it's intense. Rutgers will be looking to get revenge for its 59-54 loss to Seton Hall in Piscataway on Feb. 8, and try to spoil the Hall's prospects of making the Big Dance. If the Pirates lost their final two regular season games, to Rutgers and DePaul, they might land back on the bubble.
In the previous meeting two and a half weeks ago, there was an altercation between the two teams late in the second half, which resulted in three technical fouls. Don't be surprised if the teams mix it up again on Saturday.
DESPERATE TIMES: Rutgers has lost six games in a row, a very rough stretch which has included four games against Top 25 opponents. Coach Mike Rice admitted this week that he has had to change his approach with this team -- read more about that here, and here.
Keep an eye on Rutgers' three freshman guards -- Eli Carter, Jerome Seagears and Myles Mack -- who are three of the top four scorers on the team. To win, Rice will need a big game from at least one of them.
Here are three things to watch for when Seton Hall (19-9, 8-8 Big East) takes on Rutgers (12-16, 4-11 Big East) on Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.