W2W4: Seton Hall vs. Syracuse

February, 16, 2013
2/16/13
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Here are three things to watch for when Seton Hall (13-12, 2-10 Big East) plays No. 6 Syracuse (20-4, 8-3) on Saturday at the Prudential Center.

Tipoff is at 8 p.m., and you can watch the game locally on SNY.

LAST CALL: This is the final scheduled game between these two schools. Both were among the seven original members of the Big East, but Syracuse is leaving for the ACC after this season.

These teams have played 62 times, and Syracuse leads the series 46-16. Seton Hall has played only seven teams more. The first meeting was on Jan. 28, 1948, a 56-55 win by the Pirates.

Despite Seton Hall's struggles this season, a big crowd is expected at The Rock. Due to high ticket demand, a section of the upper level of the Prudential Center will be open for the first time at a Seton Hall game. The Pirates have been playing games there since the 2007-08 season.

ON THE ROPES: Seton Hall has lost six games in a row, capped off by a 57-55 defeat at intrastate rival Rutgers on Tuesday. The Pirates are in 13th place in the Big East, ahead of only South Florida and tied with DePaul.

After the loss to the Scarlet Knights, a couple of Seton Hall players said they were planning to organize a players-only meeting the following day to try to rally the troops for an improved finish to the season.

It's not likely to help, at least in terms of the win column, because the Pirates have a brutal stretch in front of them. After this game, they host No. 18 Marquette on Tuesday, followed by a game at No. 12 Louisville next weekend.

Seton Hall, ravaged by injuries this season, will need all hands on deck to hang with Syracuse. Leading scorer Fuquan Edwin (ankle), swingman Brian Oliver (ankle) and forward Brandon Mobley (shoulder) all played against Rutgers but are battling through pain. We'll have to wait and see if they can go on Saturday. A loss would give Seton Hall its first seven-game losing streak since 2002.

THE ORANGE: Syracuse is in contention for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Orange are currently projected as a No. 2 seed in the latest edition of Bracketology.

The Orange should be fired up, coming off a 66-58 loss at Connecticut on Wednesday. They've actually lost three road games in a row for the first time since 2009.

Senior guard Brandon Triche continues to lead Syracuse in scoring, with 14.3 points per game. Sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams chips in 12.5 points per game and is second in the country in assists per game (8.2) and third in steals per game (3.1).

Syracuse, playing its famed 2-3 zone, is ranked seventh in the country in field goal percentage defense (36.9), ninth in 3-point defense (28.9), fourth in blocked shots per game (6.7) and fifth in steals per game (10).
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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