Seton Hall OOC Opponent Breakdown

Fri., Nov. 12, at Temple
Sun., Nov. 14, CORNELL
Fri., Nov. 19, vs. Alabama ^
Sat/Sun, Nov. 20/21, vs. Iowa or Xavier ^
Mon., Nov. 22, vs. TBD ^
Mon., Nov. 29, SAINT PETER’S
Wed., Dec. 8, vs. Arkansas # (7 PM, ESPN2)
Sat., Dec. 11, at Massachusetts
Mon., Dec. 13, LONGWOOD
Sun., Dec. 19, NJIT
Wed., Dec. 22, DAYTON
Sun., Dec. 26, RICHMOND

November 12th, @ Temple University Owls 29-6 (14-2), Preseason #22 – Temple will return virtually everyone outside of leading scorer Ryan Brooks (14.2ppg, 36.2mpg). Standouts Lavoy Allen and Juan Fernandez will be the go to players for the Owls. Expect Temple to be on the same level as last season, but they now have the home court advantage.

November 14th, Cornell University Big Red 29-5 (13-1), Preseason NR – Cornell is the opposite of Temple. They virtually lose every major player from last season besides Chris “Robo” Wroblewski (29.6mpg, 8.9ppg). Gone is the senior leadership of Ryan Wittman, Louis Dale, Jeff Foote, Jon Jacques and a few reserves. Don’t forget that Cornell also lost its coach Steve Donahue to Boston College.

Cornell finished with an RPI of 48. Its safe to say that Cornell will have an RPI of around 248 this season.

November 19th, Paradise Jam Round 1 vs. Alabama Crimson Tide 17-15 (6-10), Preseason NR – The Crimson Tide should be around the same level of last season’s team. They lose their leading scorer Mikhail Torrence and 5th scorer Justin Knox among other reserves (47% scoring gone). Alabama landed an ESPNU Top 100 recruit Trevor Releford who should have an impact on the team. They also inked JUCO guard Kendall Durant and former SHU target Carl Engstrom (7’1 C).

Alabama finished with and RPI of 102. They should be in the mid 100s this season — a solid team.

November 20th/21st, Paradise Jam Round 2 vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (with loss v. Alabama) Preseason NR – Iowa is going to have another really tough season. Former Seton Hall coaching candidate Fran McCaffrey will be lucky if his team wins more than 10 games. The only notable returning player is junior Matt Gatens (36.7 mpg, 12.3 ppg).

Iowa finished with an RPI of 210 last season, they will probably have one in the mid to lower 200s this year.

November 20th/21st, Paradise Jam Round 2 vs. Xavier Musketeers (with win v. Alabama) Preseason 38th – Xaxier had really nice season last year. However, they will have to replace some big guns if they want to perform at the same level. Leading scorer (32.8 mpg, 20.5 ppg) Jordan Crawford and 3rd scorer Jason Love (27.8 mpg, 11.8 ppg) are both gone. Xavier also lost sharp shooter Brad Redford to a torn ACL in practice.

The Musketeers had a superb RPI of 19 last year, expect the RPI to be in the Top 50 again this season.

November 22nd, Paradise Jam Round 3 vs. TBD – The remaining Paradise Jam match up will be against Old Dominion, St. Peters, Clemson or Long Beach State. ODU only loses their leading scorer (Lee) off of a 27 RPI season. Clemson hired a new coach and lost their leading scorer (Booker) off of a 34 RPI season — expect them to be a bit worse. Long Beach State lost their 4th scorer off of an 121 RPI season. They should have a similar RPI to Alabama this season. I’ll update St. Peters in detail later since SHU will definitely play them outside of the Paradise Jam.

November 29th, St. Peters College Peacocks 16-14 (11-7) Preseason NR – The Peacocks lose no one from their 2009-10 squad that nearly upset Seton Hall. However, Wesley Jenkins injured his ACL and will be out for the game against Seton Hall. He average 13.8 ppg last season. St. Peters is the clear favorite to win the MAAC this year. It will be interesting to see if SPC has Seton Hall’s number or if last year was just a hang over from Keon Lawrence’s incident.

December 8th, Big East/SEC Challenge @ Louisville vs. Arkansas Razorbacks 14-18 (7-9) Preseason NR – The Razorbacks lose over 50% of their scoring (51%) from last year, including leading scorer Courtney Fortson (33.3mpg, 17.9ppg). The Razorbacks will need to rely on the only two returning double figure scorers Rotnei Clarke and Marshawn Powell.

Arkansas finished with an RPI of 159. They should be around the same level this season, possibly a little lower.

December 11th, @ Massachusetts Minutemen 12-20 (5-11) Preseason NR – Seton Hall is returning the H/H they setup with the Minutemen. Last year, Seton Hall dominated for basically the whole game. Expect nothing less this season since UMass lost their leading scorer, Ricky Harris (19.9 ppg), to graduation.

UMass finished win an RPI of 176. They should be slightly improved this year, but Seton Hall should have no trouble at all.

December 13th, Longwood Lancers (12-19) Preseason NR – Not much to say here, more of a filler game. The Lancers lost their leading scorer Dana Smith (18.2 ppg). Longwood finished with and RPI of 286 last year, and it shouldn’t be any better this year.

December 19th, NJIT Highlanders 10-21 (4-8) Preseason NR – Just a few years ago, NJIT was the laughing stock of college basketball for their record losing streaks. Last season, they won a whopping 10 games. Luckily, Seton Hall wasn’t one of them; Seton Hall won by 40. NJIT is another filler game, just like Longwood. Not much to see here.

December 22nd, Dayton Flyers 25-12 (8-8) NIT Champions, Preseason 48th – Dayton produced a strong product last year. They defeated UNC in the NIT final, stealing the title from my Penn State Nittany Lions. Dayton only loses their 3rd and 4th scorers, Marcus Johnson and Rob Lowery (respectively). Interestingly enough, Lowery is playing with former Pirates Paul Gause and Jamar Nutter in Germany.

Dayton finished win an RPI of 54. They should be performing around the same clip this year since they fielded a very balanced squad last year. No one played over 29 minutes per game.

December 26th, Richmond Spiders 26-9 (13-3) Preseason 36th – The Spiders had a very under the radar season. They put up a fight against the team that beat Villanova in the NCAA tournament (St. Marys) and won 26 overall games. Richmond loses Ryan Butler (8.4 ppg) and David Gonzalvez (14.6 ppg). However, Richmond is bringing in what coach Chris Mooney thinks is his best recruiting class yet as well as returning leading scorer Kevin Anderson (17.8 ppg).

Richmond had an RPI of 25 last year, expect them to be somewhere in that range again this year, probably Top 50.

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Now that we’ve covered every team the Pirates will or can play, lets group them into three categories. Great schedule, neutral, and cupcake.

Great schedules: Temple, Xavier, Old Dominion, Dayton, Richmond

Neutral: Alabama, Clemson, Long Beach State, St. Peters, Arkansas

Cupcakes: Cornell, Iowa, UMass, Longwood, NJIT

That about wraps up Seton Hall’s OOC schedule. I’ll go on record and say that Seton Hall goes 10-2.

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