- Kieran Darcy, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- Rutgers and Seton Hall will continue their men's basketball rivalry for many years to come.
The two New Jersey schools no longer are conference rivals with Rutgers' impending move to the Big Ten, and Seton Hall joining the new Big East. But they've reached an agreement to play once per year, at alternating home sites, for the next eight years. They'll start at the Rutgers Athletic Center this coming season on at 7 p.m. Dec. 8.
"Continuing a local college basketball rivalry with such a rich tradition only made sense," Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said. "This game has evolved into one that both fan bases look forward to each season, so we are happy to see it continue."
These two schools have played each other 64 times, dating back to 1916, with Seton Hall holding a 35-29 edge in the series. Seventeen of the past 19 meetings have been decided by six points or fewer or in overtime.
"I'm obviously very excited that this series is going to continue," said Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan. "I have been a part of this rivalry as both a player and an assistant coach, and I look forward to preparing our team for it."