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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have been going against a very manageable nonconference slate, which is probably a good idea to build up the win total for a program that’s struggled for a number of years. Rutgers isn’t as good as their 11-1 overall record might suggest with their best wins coming against DePaul and Stony Brook on the road. In their last outing Rutgers brought a solid defensive performance getting past Fordham by a final of 68-53. The Scarlet Knights’ one defeat this season came on the road against Miami by a final of 61-73. Rutgers has leaned on their defense which ranks 19th in the nation in points allowed and on the offensive end the Scarlet Knights have 4 players averaging between 10-13 points per game.
Seton Hall lost their best player from last year’s squad to the NBA, but the Pirates still return a lot of talent to a team that should make another run to the NCAA tournament this season. Seton Hall has opened the nonconference standing 9-2 overall against a respectable slate with some of their better wins coming against South Carolina, Cal, and Iowa. In their last outing Seton Hall got past Delaware at home by a final of 81-68. Seton Hall doesn’t mind playing in the half court and this veteran group currently ranks around 100th in the nation in both scoring average and total defense. Khadeen Carrington has stepped up to lead the Pirates averaging 19.2 points per game.
This should be a fun neutral site game to watch between these school that occupy a similar part of the country. Rutgers has gotten off to a nice start, even though their results have been inflated by an easy schedule, but the Scarlet Knights have shown to be a real defensive threat. We like this to be a lower scoring game and with points coming at a premium we like Rutgers to cover the spread.
Rutgers +11 -110