Seton Hall will be able to ease off the clutch just a tiny bit when they face Troy after a string of tough non-conference games.
The Trojans (10-19, 5-15) lose three of their top four scorers from a team that finished 280th in KenPom, so on paper this will be one of the Pirates’ easiest non-league games.
Roster subtractions: Musa Abdul-Aleem (16 ppg, 4.8 rpg), Chris Bilbo (8.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.9 apg), Kevin Thomas (10.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg)
Key additions: Daniel Peace (JuCo PG), Jeremy Hollimon (JuCo G)
Gone are three starters in forward Musa Abdul-Aleem, guard Chris Bilbo and center Kevin Thomas, which were also three of Troy’s top four scorers from 2014-15.
Returning point guard Kelton Ford had a top-50 steal percentage a season ago and Wesley Person averaged 14.2 ppg as just a freshman, so he’s a guy for Derrick Gordon to guard.
Troy does add a pair of junior college guys in point guard in Daniel Peace and guard Jeremy Hollimon, who was redshirted a season ago.
Seton Hall shouldn’t have a problem at all with Troy. This is a game that can only hurt RPI but the Hall has to take care of business nonetheless. 83-60 final? Hoping some of the guys who get lesser minutes see more action.
Miss the rest of the Preview Series? See below:
- Seton Hall hosts Ivy League foe Dartmouth on opening night
- Wagner comes to Walsh Gym in final tuneup before Charleston Classic
- Hall faces Long Beach State in all-important first round of Charleston Classic
- A look at the rest of the Charleston Classic field, including top-10 Virginia
- The Hall will look for revenge against a tough Georgia team after Charleston
- George Washington will be a tough opponent again this year
- Can Seton Hall replicate their blowout of Rutgers again?