February 4, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard/forward Fuquan Edwin (23) brings the ball up court on a fast-break against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the second half at the Petersen Events Center. The Pittsburgh Panthers won 56-46. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse-Seton Hall: Preview and Prediction


Syracuse looks to stop a three game road losing streak as well as keep pace with Georgetown as the Orange head to New Jersey to take on the Seton Hall Pirates. Tipoff is set for 8:00 from the Prudential Center, and is being broadcast on Time Warner Cable Sports for the Syracuse market, and the Big East Network for out of market viewers.

Syracuse looks to rebound from what looked like their worst performance of the season Wednesday night in Connecticut. Seton Hall is a team that has decent guard play, and have the capability to hand Syracuse their fourth straight road loss if the Orange come out sluggish like on Wednesday. The Pirates enter the game at a lousy 13-12 record, while being just 2-10 in Big East play. The Pirates have lost 10 out of their last 11 games, losing most recently to Rutgers.  Here are the probable starting lineups for the game tonight:

Seton Hall


#0 Tom Maayan, Guard

#20 Brandon Triche, Guard

#1 Aaron Cosby, Guard

#1 Michael Carter-Williams, Guard

#23 Fuquan Edwin, Guard

#3 Jerami Grant, Forward

#21 Eugene Teague, Center

#5 C.J. Fair, Forward

#2 Brandon Mobley, Forward

#25 Rakeem Christmas, Forward

The Pirates are led by guard Fuquan Edwin. Edwin scores 17 points a game, and is absolutely critical for the Pirates if they are going to make this a ballgame. The zone without a doubt needs to slow him down, and if they can do so should put themselves in a great shape to win. Edwin averages 17 points per game, and is a deep threat from three, shooting just under 42% on the season. If Syracuse gives him an open look, he will knock it down.

Another player the Orange need to look out for today is center Eugene Teague. Teague averages just under 12 points per game, and averages around 7.5 rebounds a game as well. For a team that did a terrible job rebounding the ball Wednesday in Connecticut, Teague is a player that can make the Orange pay if they give the same effort on the glass that they did in Hartford in the loss to UConn.

There really is no sugar coating this one: Syracuse has to win this game. Losing to Seton Hall tonight could be catastrophic for the Orange, and they can’t afford to drop the ball. With the Georgetown win over Cincinnati last night, the Hoyas are now a half game up on Syracuse for first place in the Big East, and Syracuse has to win this game to keep pace with them.

This game should be very interesting to see how the Syracuse big men respond coming off of such a lackluster performance. Baye Keita and Rakeem Christmas combined for 2 points on just 6 attempts, which was a main component to the Orange’s struggles. These two could definitely use a good day offensively, and in the case of Rakeem Christmas it could go a long way in boosting his confidence.

I think Syracuse will be ready to go tonight, and will pull away from Seton Hall late in the first half. I think the senior leadership of this team will not allow the Orange to come out sluggish against a team they are head and shoulders above, and the Pirates will have an extremely difficult time hanging with the Orange in this one.


Syracuse 80

Seton Hall 61


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