The Seton Hall Pirates are hosting a Syracuse Orange team that has not won in their last three tries on the road. All of this failed attempts by the Orange have come in the northeast, the stage of this match-up with the Pirates, who call New Jersey home.
Here is what you need to know about Seton Hall as they compete with Syracuse:
1. Their top scorer: Junior guard/forward Fuquan Edwin
Edwin is currently averaging 17 points per game. He has attained double-figures in 22 of the Pirate's 25 matches.
The junior guard/forward has scored no less than 16 points in each of the team's last four games.
Sophomore guard Aaron Cosby and junior center Eugene Teague are the two other biggest threats as far as putting the ball in the basket. Cosby averages 12 points per game with Teague following close behind with a little over 11.
2. On the boards:
Seton Hall grabs a little more than four rebounds less than Syracuse on the offensive end.
But, defensively, the Pirates almost equal the amount of boards brought in by the Orange per game, 24.3 to 25.1.
Teague, Edwin, and sophomore forward Brandon Mobley all bring in more than five rebounds per game, with Teague leading the three with a little more than seven boards per contest.
3. Beyond the arc:
After going 2-for-6 in the first half, the Connecticut Huskies went on to shoot 6-for-8 in the second half versus Syracuse. Those 18 points aided the Huskies to an eventual 10-point victory over the Orange.
The Pirates are the second-best shooting squad in the Big East from long range, making just under 36% of their attempts.
Just two games ago, they connected on nine threes despite a loss to UConn.
Edwin and Cosby have taken the most attempts from deep for Seton Hall and both reside above the team average at 41.7% and 37%, respectively.
Edwin is second in the Big East in steals per game only to Syracuse sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams. The Orange guard has just over three, while Edwin resides just under three.
With a player capable and successful in picking his opponents' pockets, Carter-Williams will be challenged.
Carter-Williams has turned the ball over three or more times in 18 of 24 games for the Orange.
Edwin has amounted five steals in two of Seton Hall's last four games.
But, he also struggles to keep possession at times, though not as much as Carter-Williams, giving the ball up three or more times in 10 of the Pirates' 25 matches.
5. In the Big East:
Seton Hall has struggled to capitalize in games against known opponents. They have won a mere two of their 12 contests inside the Big East.
Half of their 10 losses in the conference were versus Big East adversaries ranked in the nation's top 25 at the time of play.
They have not won against a top-25 ranked team all season.
Despite a poor performance in the Big East and versus ranked opponents, the unranked Seton Hall squad is competing with a Syracuse team who have lost all four of their games to unranked teams.
Three of Syracuse's four losses have come to unranked teams in the Big East.