Rutgers and Seton Hall Desperate for a Win
Added by Greg Rappaport on February 12, 2013.
Rutgers head coach Mike Rice is hoping his team get end their losing streak tonight against Seton Hall. (Kim Klement-US Presswire)
The year 2013 has been less than stellar for both Rutgers and Seton Hall, two New Jersey teams that are currently residing near the bottom of the Big East standings. Starting January 1st, the combined record of these two hapless squads is an embarrassing 5-17. However, the good news is that Tuesday night will give one of these troubled teams a much needed W.
Seton Hall is presently mired in a five-game losing streak in which their average margin of defeat has been 10.6 points. To add injury to insult, the Pirate’s leading scorer, Fuquan Edwin (17 ppg), sprained his ankle in a loss against Pittsburgh this past Monday. Edwin has been a bright spot in what has been an otherwise lackluster campaign by Seton Hall this season. Losing Edwin, who is also the teams second leading rebounder with 5.8 per game, is a painful blow to say the least. Luckily for the Pirates, they will be squaring off against Rutgers whose lack of size was on full display in their latest lost.
The Scarlet Knights—not to be outdone—are moribund, and lost in the void of a six-game losing streak. Their latest loss was a home defeat against a very impressive Georgetown squad, in which Hoyas’ star Otto Porter, Jr. scored 10 of their last 12 points en route to a 69-63 final score. While there is typically an opposition to the idea of a “moral victory,” to teams after a loss, it had to be a relief for Rutgers to not get blown out by Georgetown—as many teams have done to them lately. The game prior to their most recent loss was a twenty-point home defeat at the hands of Louisville.
I’ve heard people pondering why Rutgers students don’t show up in huge numbers for home games at the RAC, perhaps it’s because the players have a habit of not showing up either.
The Pirates and the Knights tip off at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening in what should be a close game based on the teams records. Rutgers is 12-10 (3-8 Big East) and Seton Hall is 13-11 (2-9 Big East). The Knights will once again lean on their most electric player, Eli Carter, to lead them to a win. The Pirates will be leaning on the hobbled ankle of Fuquan Edwin, the lynchpin of both their offense and defense.