Here are three things to watch for when Rutgers (12-10, 3-8 Big East) plays Seton Hall (13-11, 2-9 Big East) on Tuesday at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
Tipoff is at 7 p.m., and you can watch the game on ESPN2.
GLOOM AND DOOM: It's always fun when these two New Jersey teams tangle -- 12 of their last 13 meetings have been decided by six points or less, or in overtime. But both are really struggling right now. Rutgers has lost six games in a row -- the Scarlet Knights' last win came against South Florida, way back on Jan. 17. Seton Hall has lost its past five -- the Pirates' last win was also against South Florida, on Jan. 23. Which team will play more desperate?
This is the first of two meetings between the teams this season. They'll also face off in the final game of the regular season -- Friday, March 8, at the Prudential Center. Enjoy it while you can, folks -- these two teams won't be conference rivals much longer, with Rutgers' impending move to the Big Ten.
THE SCARLET KNIGHTS: Rutgers is coming off a 69-63 loss to No. 20 Georgetown on Saturday at the RAC. The Scarlet Knights had the lead with less than six minutes remaining, but couldn't hold on.
Sophomore guard Eli Carter, Rutgers' leading scorer (15.5 ppg), scored a game-high 23 points against the Hoyas -- the most he'd scored since he also put up 23 against Pittsburgh on Jan. 5. After a midseason slump, can Carter put up another big game?
The Scarlet Knights are 70th in Division I in free throw percentage (72.3 percent) -- thanks in large part to Carter (88.9 percent) and fellow sophomore guard Myles Mack (12.7 ppg, 94.0 percent). But Rutgers is 285th (out of 345) in 3-point field goals per game (5.0), and 246th in turnovers per game (14.5).
THE PIRATES: Seton Hall is coming off a 78-67 loss to Connecticut at the Prudential Center on Sunday. The Pirates led by a point at the half, and by seven early in the second half, before the Huskies took control.
Kevin Willard's team has been ravaged by injuries this year. Starting forward Patrik Auda was lost for the season after just five games, and fellow forward Brandon Mobley and swingman Brian Oliver both missed the UConn game due to injury. We'll see if either player can go on Tuesday.
Seton Hall's leading scorer, junior swingman Fuquan Edwin (17.0 ppg), scored 19 points against the Huskies, despite playing on a sprained ankle. Sophomore guard Aaron Cosby had a career-high 25, and is now second on the team in scoring at 12.2 points per game.
The Pirates are 36th in Division I in 3-point field goals per game (7.8), and 77th in assists per game (14.5). But they are 323rd in turnovers per game (16.0), and 282nd in free throw percentage (65.6).