Seton Hall (2-1) vs. Rhode Island (0-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 18, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Mohegan Sun Arena (10,000) -- Uncasville, Connecticut. Television: None. Home Record: Seton Hall 1-0, URI 0-1. Away Record: Seton Hall 0-0, URI 0-1. Neutral Record: Seton Hall 1-1, URI 0-1. Conference Record: Seton Hall 0-0, URI 0-0. Series Record: Seton Hall leads, 6-1.
GAME NOTES: After losing their opening-round games, the Seton Hall Pirates and Rhode Island Rams will face off tonight in a consolation game of the 2012 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic.
Seton Hall started the season off strong with a pair of wins against UMKC (75-36) and Norfolk State (78-65) before entering the Classic. The Pirates took on Washington on Friday night, and they rallied from 18 points down in the second half to force overtime, but they eventually lost in the extra session, 84-73.
Nothing has gone Rhode Island's way in the early going this season, as it sits with a winless record in three tries. After losses to Norfolk State (67-55) and Virginia Tech (69-50), the Rams had the unfortunate task of going up against the fourth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, and they played the powerhouse squad tough before losing, 69-58.
Seton Hall has won six of the seven matchups against Rhode Island in the all- time series, with its most recent win coming in November of 2004, 59-49.
The Pirates had a modest day shooting the ball against Washington on Friday, connecting on 43.5 percent from the floor, but they were able to climb back into the game thanks in part to a 52.2 percent effort from beyond the arc, as 12 of their 27 field goals were three-pointers. Leading the charge was Fuquan Edwin with 27 points on 12-of-24 from the field. Edwin, who fell one point shy of his career-high, also tallied eight boards, three assists and three steals, and he is Seton Hall's leading scorer on the year with 19.5 ppg. Aaron Cosby was the only other player to score in double figures with 10 points on 2-of-6 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Eugene Teague was the Pirates' second-leading scorer coming into the game with 10.3 ppg, but finished with just a single point. They were outrebounded by Washington, 37 to 29, which was especially troubling consider they averaged a plus-7 rebounding margin prior to the Classic.
Considering its opponent was one of the best teams in the country, Rhode Island's shooting performance did not turn out so bad, as it made 43.8 percent of its field goals (including 8-of-17 from three-point range) and went a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line. The effort at the defensive end of the court was stellar too, holding Ohio State under 44 percent field goal shooting. Xavier Munford was one of four Rams to score in double figures with a team-high 16 points, which is his average through three games to lead the team. Andre Malone and Nikola Malesevic each tallied 11 points, while Mike Powell recorded 10 points and six assists. On the season, Munford, Malesevic, and Malone all average double figures in points, but otherwise only Powell (5.7 ppg) averages more than three points per game.
Rhode Island showed against Ohio State that it can stick around with not just good squads but elite ones, but its hard to make the Rams a favorite considering they've scored less than 55 ppg. Figure Seton Hall to bounce back in this one to move to 3-1.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Seton Hall 73, Rhode Island 60
11/18 10:45:44 ET