Aug. 9, 2013
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Seton Hall has finalized its 2013-14 non-conference men's basketball schedule. The 13 out-of-league contests tip off a 31-game regular-season that has a true round-robin BIG EAST schedule. The Pirates will play 18 home dates, including meetings with new league rivals Butler, Creighton and Xavier at the Prudential Center.
The Hall will play four games in the 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, which concludes at Barclays Center on Nov. 22 & 23. The matchups for the Brooklyn portion of the Classic were revealed on Thursday, pairing the Pirates with Oklahoma in a semifinal matchup at 7 p.m. Seton Hall will meet either Michigan State or Virginia Tech the next night. All four games in Brooklyn will be televised live on truTV.
The Pirates and Sooners have split their only two matchups in series history, last meeting in 1991. This will also mark the second straight season SHU will take center stage at Barclays Center after participating in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Festival last year where they rolled to a 31-point victory over LIU-Brooklyn.
"This schedule has a good mix of non-conference opponents and is balanced with home, road and neutral court games. We will be tested early in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic with three high-caliber programs joining us in Brooklyn," said fourth year Head Coach Kevin Willard. "Our schedule has a lot of local flavor and keeps us in the metropolitan area for nearly two-thirds of our games this season. Come BIG EAST action we feel this schedule will have us prepared for the conference."
As part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, Seton Hall opens with a pair of 2013 postseason participants. The Pirates kick off the season at home on Nov. 9 against Niagara, the reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season champion. Seton Hall then hosts Mid-American Conference member Kent State four days later in the second game of the Classic.
The Pirates make a trip to Georgia on Nov. 16 for a meeting at Mercer. The Bears are coming off a 24-win campaign and an Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season championship. Mercer was upset by Florida Gulf Coast in the Atlantic Sun championship game, but advanced to the Second Round of the National Invitation Tournament. Seton Hall returns to the Prudential Center two days later to host Monmouth. It is the first meeting between the local programs since 2009.
Six of the Pirates' seven games in December are at home. Seton Hall hosts Fairleigh Dickinson (Dec. 1), LIU Brooklyn (Dec. 5), NJIT (Dec. 10), Saint Peter's (Dec. 14) and Eastern Washington (Dec. 22) at the Prudential Center. The Hall's final non-conference home game against Lafayette (Dec. 27) will be held at historic Walsh Gymnasium.
Also in December, Seton Hall travels to archrival Rutgers on Dec. 8 for the first installment of the eight-year agreement. It will be the 65th meeting between the programs in a series that dates back to 1916. Seventeen of the last 19 contests have been decided by six points or less or in overtime. SHU holds a 35-29 advantage all-time over the Scarlet Knights.
The revamped BIG EAST scheduling format means Seton Hall will host Marquette, Providence and Villanova at the Rock for the second straight year. Last season, the Pirates earned a thrilling comeback victory over the Wildcats at the Prudential Center highlighted by Fuquan Edwin's go-ahead three-pointer with under nine seconds remaining.
Rounding out the home slate are conference foes DePaul, Georgetown and St. John's. All three squads will be making their first visit to the Prudential Center since 2011-12. Seton Hall cruised to double-digit victories in each of these last home meetings.
The 2014 BIG EAST Tournament will run from March 12 - 15 at Madison Square Garden, the World's Most Famous Arena. FOX Sports 1 will carry the entire tournament.
The complete schedule with game times, radio and television coverage, and the BIG EAST dates will be released at a later time.
Season tickets are on-sale now. Prices start at just $150 for access to every Prudential Center home game. To purchase, or for more information, please contact the Seton Hall Athletic Ticket Office at (973) 275-HALL (4255) or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .