Longwood @ Seton Hall, 7:00PM EST
Prudential Center - Newark, New Jersey
Opening Line: Seton Hall N/A (SHU 4-4ATS)
Radio: WSOU 89.5 FM
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Overview: Fresh off one of the most impressive offensive performances since VMI last season, the Pirates are about to play one of the worst, if not the worst, defensive team in the country.
Its safe to say that Seton Hall has a very good chance to hit the century mark for the second time in 48 hours. Look for the Pirates to easily break down the up tempo style of the Lancers with the top notch speed of Jordan Theodore. Theodore & Company easily handled the pressure of UMass on Saturday night after a rough start en route to a 104-79 victory. While UMass is no power house, I'm confident in saying they are a lot better than Longwood, so expect a lot more of the same tonight.
Longwood Lancers, Independent, Record: 3-7, KenPom: 308, RPI: 276, SOS: 113
Overview: Longwood has been a D1 athletic member since the 2007-08 academic year. Since then, the Lancers have been conference-less, although their coach, Mike Gillian, sees the team as a perfect fit for the Big South.
Longwood has only beaten one Division 1 program this season, Columbia. Two of their wins have come against Montreat and Virginia-Wise. The Lancers have accumulated 7 losses, the most recent a 114-82 defeat at the hands of instate opponent VMI.
Longwood is very likely the worst team that Seton Hall will play, as NJIT is much improved from its not so distant winless streak.
Expect Seton Hall's RPI and SOS to take a dip after tonight's game against Longwood and Sunday night's contest against NJIT, no matter the outcome.
KenPom Prediction: Seton Hall 101, Longwood 68
I really had to dig deep to find some information on this D-1 Independent team from Farmville, about 60 miles southwest of Richmond. The Lancers have put up 81.9 points per game, and are ranked 4th in the nation in adjusted tempo, according to Ken Pomeroy. You know what that means? This team LOVES to run and shoot. And as much as they push the ball, they are ranked just 240th in the nation in efficiency. This signals that the Lancers aren't very judicious about their shot selection.
Seton Hall returns home for the first of five straight home games starting with Longwood on Dec. 13. The Pirates are coming off their first road win of the season, a 104-79 smashing of UMass. Seven players scored in double-figures and the team shot 60.0% from the floor. Herb Pope picked up his first double-double of the season. Jordan Theodore leads the team with 12.4 points per game while Jeremy Hazell is out with a broken bone in his left wrist.
Go Pirates, beat the Lancers!