Seton Hall over RUTGERS by 13
Led by four returning starters from last year’s 21-win squad, the Pirates (8-1, 0-0) – who were ousted in the first round of last year’s NCAA tourney – figure to be a major player come this March. In fact, the pollsters agree as Kevin Willard’s group is ranked in the AP Top 15 for the first time since 2001. And the Hall should continue to have a ball in non-conference play as they take on a Rutgers (8-3, 0-2) bunch who they have beaten like a drum ( last four, last eight away) and was tabbed by most pundits to finish last in the Big Ten this season. Don’t let the Knights’ record fool you as six of their eight wins have come against foes from nonlined conferences. Thus, behind the top frontcourt in the Big East (sorry, Villanova), we’ll look for the Seton Swashbucklers to, once again, roll at the RAC. An easy lay.