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Game thread: St. John’s vs Seton Hall

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Powell vs Ponds is the headline, but this is a big game for the players on both rosters — most of which have a lot to prove.

NCAA Basketball: Seton Hall at St. John Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s get it on! St. John’s vs Seton Hall in New Jersey.

And St. John’s hasn’t won there much in the past 20 years. But St. John’s has also been mostly bad over the last 20 years. Lots of thoughts on this game, and let’s bring our civil a-game for this one. It’s gonna be a challenge for both teams. Which one will be more resilient?

Seton Hall’s squad is pretty new, and despite tough wins, the Red Storm’s five-out offense could be a real challenge for the Pirates.

But St. John’s squad may not have been tested like this, and the size and cohesion of the Pirates could be a real challenge for St. John’s, who have allowed lesser teams to stay close with outside shooting all non-conference season.

Also for fun: former Seton Hall commit Valdir Manuel has committed to St. John’s from Harcum JUCO college (near Villanova). He had also committed to Saint Joseph’s. He is supposed to be a full qualifier with three years left to play. More on him here, but at 6’10” and “skilled” could be a solid pickup alongside transfer big Ian Steere and JUCO PG Cam Mack.

Game Information

Who: St. John’s Red Storm (12-0) at Seton Hall Pirates (9-3)

Where: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ (10,862)

When: Saturday, December 29, 8:30 PM

TV: FSN/ YES in NYC | FoxSportsGo

Audio: 570 WMCA | TuneIn Radio

Odds: Seton Hall, -3.5

Last meeting: St. John’s fell to Seton Hall, 81-74, in overtime. St. John’s is 59-40 all time against the Pirates. This is the teams’ 100th meeting.

Rankings & School Notes

Last season final KenPom Ranking: 26 | Current KenPom Ranking: 55

School size: 9,801 (5,969 undergraduates)

School is academically known for: International relations, nursing, finance

Notable alumni: Max Weinberg (Springsteen’s E Street Band), Bob Ley (ESPN personality), Nicole Malliotakis (candidate for NYC Mayor), Don DiFrancesco (NJ Governor), Dennis Kozlowski (Tyco CEO)