Brendan Prunty talks with Rutgers players regarding the rivalry:
Four years and six in-state battles later, Ndiaye is now a seasoned veteran of the Seton Hall-Rutgers rivalry. Tuesday night will be his seventh go-around when the Knights travel to the Prudential Center. He's using what he's learned over the years to impart the same wisdom on the Scarlet Knights' first-timers that Webb and others did with him.
"Marquis would tell me about it, Byron (Joynes) talked about it, JR Inman, everybody," Ndiaye recalled. "I would still just say, ‘Yeah, okay.' I figured I'd just come out and play, but once I got into the game I realized, ‘This is kind of fun for me.' It was a lot of fun the first time I played against them. And from that point on, you just had to love it."
Jerry Carino writes that Gonzo would like to see John Garcia in a prominent role against the Scarlet Knights.
The only Pirate who matches up with the 7-foot N'Diaye physically is 6-9 senior John Garcia, who has been limited all season with back trouble and chronically aching knees.
"We need John to give us something in this game," Gonzalez said. "The wings and the guards, we definitely have some depth there. If John can come through then we might have an edge."
John has to respond. Bobby tried to get him involved against WVU, but Garcia wasn't able to step up. I expected Garcia to have a solid game against the Mountaineers, but he was non-existent, just as he's been for most of conference play. He's recorded 8 points in the past 10 games, clearly hobbled by injuries. I still believe he's going to break out for one game and put forth one more solid game before his collegiate career and possibly, basketball career, comes to an end.
'Piratz' of PirateCrew.com delivers another in depth Seton Hall game preview, where he also lobbies for some John Garcia action:
Lastly you have Herb Pope in the paint against Ndiaye. When Pope has the ball on the blocks, he’s going to be able to get Ndiaye out of that important defensive positioning. But how often will that be the situation? Let’s also not forget about John Garcia. Big John did an excellent job in this area last year, combing to score 21 points on 11 rebounds with 6 blocks in 72 total minutes over 2 games against RU last year. Garcia shot an incredible 10/12 (.833) in those games.
Dare we consider starting this lineup: Theodore, Hazell, Robinson, Pope, & Garcia?
Lastly, Chris Dobbertean of SBN has released his newest NCAA Bubble Watch. Seton Hall checks in under the, "work to do" column:
Seton Hall (15-10; 6-8 Big East; RPI: 50; Non-conf. RPI: 69): Remember that string of four games at the end of 2009/start of 2010, where the Pirates lost heartbreakers, including OT games against West Virginia and Virginia Tech? Hall fans are undoubtedly wishing they'd won a couple of those right about now, as those wins would be major boosts to an OK resume.
Seton Hall and Rutgers will tip-off at 7PM from Newark on Tuesday night.