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Seton Hall Basketball: Open Game Thread - Seton Hall Pirates (7-7, 1-1) @ Louisville Cardinals (11-2, 1-0) - 7:00PM (ESPNU)

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Seton Hall @ Louisville, 7:00PM ESTKFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KentuckyOpening Line: Seton Hall +11 (SHU 5-7ATS)Television: ESPNURadio: WSOU 89.5 FTwitter @SOrangeJuice @JPGuerette @JohnLopiano @The_Bracket_Man

Seton Hall Pirates, Big East, Record: 7-7 (1-1), KenPom: 71, RPI: 128, SOS: 53

Projected Starting Lineup: G Jordan Theodore, G Keon Lawrence, G/F Fuquan Edwin, F Jeff Robinson, F Herb Pope

The Pirates are coming off of a disappointing loss on New Years Eve against the Bearcats of Cincinnati. Seton Hall was able to keep the game close in the first half due to good defense and the ability to score in transition. In the second half, the Bearcats limited their turnovers and shut the Pirates down in a half court style game.

It will be interesting to see if Kevin Willard attempts to run with the Cardinals (Louisville's strength offensively) or slow the game down (Pirates strength defensively). Something has to be done to correct the offense, which has been absolutely brutal as of late.

We called for Keon Lawrence to start against Cincinnati but Kevin Willard decided to give Jamel Jackson another shot. Jackson turned out to be just the ceremonial starter as he played only 9 minutes in comparison to Keon's 31. Lawrence was also the best player on the floor Friday night, to boot. The ceremony is over. Jamel will start no more. Welcome back to the starting lineup Keon, hopefully the consistent play continues.

Louisville Cardinals, Big East, Record: 11-2 (0-0), KenPom: 12, RPI: 46, SOS: 70

Projected Starting Lineup: G Chris Smith, G Peyton Siva, G Preston Knowles, G Kyle Kuric, F Terrence Jennings

Kevin Willard will bring his basketball team to Louisville to face his father, his 10-year mentor-Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals. It's teacher vs. student tonight, on two fronts. If anyone knows Pitino's system, it's Willard. Hopefully Kevin can translate that over to the court tonight in the form of his players preparation.

Louisville started their season with departures (Samuels, Sosa, Smith) and an injury (Swopshire). They were dealt another blow before their previous game against Kentucky when forward Rakeem Buckles broke his finger. In response, Rick Pitino started a 4 guard lineup. Gorgui Dieng and Terrence Jennings were the only forwards that saw major minutes.

Because of this, expect to see plenty of running, gunning, pressing and 3 balls out of Louisville. Something that would resemble a stereotypical Bobby Gonzalez team.

The Pirates will either have to successfully run with the Cardinals, a la UMass, or successfully slow the game tempo down to a Wisconsin, Butler, St. Peters type game. Anything other than that will probably lead to an easy Louisville win.

Rick Pitino and his Cardinals will be looking for a little revenge from last season's "inbounds incident," which we covered here:

Keon Lawrence picked up the basketball from the made 3PT shot and while standing on the baseline, he took one step forward over the baseline. I can't explain what he was doing or what he was thinking, but he clearly stepped over the line. Realizing he made a violation, Keon stopped dead in his tracks, paused and then continued to inbound the basketball while already standing inbounds. The referee on the baseline signaled the violation with his hand, yet almost instantaneously called for the basketball. Keon threw it to the ref, who caught it and passed it back, Keon then successfully inbounded the ball to Hazell, who was fouled with .2 seconds on the clock.

All eyes (especially Rick Pitino's) were on Keon that night as the game slipped away from the Cardinals in controversy. Hopefully, they'll be on him again tonight, but for another reason.

KenPom Prediction: Louisville 77, Seton Hall 64

SHU Athletics

Seton Hall is coming off their first BIG EAST loss of the season, a 70-53 setback at undefeated Cincinnati on Friday. The loss evens the Pirates' record to 1-1 in conference play. Senior Keon Lawrence scored a career-high 15 points to lead the team, while freshman Fuquan Edwin scored 10 points, his seventh consecutive game with double-digit scoring. Jeff Robinson leads the team with 12.1 points per game among actives. Jordan Theodore is averaging 12.0 points per game.

Louisville Athletics

University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino met with the media Tuesday afternoon at the Yum! Center to preview Wednesday's BIG EAST opener against Seton Hall on Jan. 5 at the KFC Yum! Center. Start time is set for 7:02 p.m. ET, and the game is being broadcast on ESPNU, with Mark Brown (play-by-play) and LaPhonso Ellis (color) calling the action.