Seton Hall to host Indiana in Gavitt Games

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Seton Hall’s already-tough schedule has bulked up even more now that it’s known they will host Indiana in the Gavitt Games.

According to Jon Rothstein, the Hall will host the Hoosiers on Wednesday, November 15th at Prudential Center.

Fox Sports will have TV rights to the game; Creighton-Northwestern and Butler-Maryland also face off on the same night.

Indiana (18-16, 7-11) fired Tom Crean after missing the NCAA tournament last season, although they finished higher in KenPom (No. 44) than Seton Hall.

Indiana will lose two of their top three scorers, leaving new head coach Archie Miller with a relatively young team to work with that features no seniors.

Following some uncertainty, forward Thomas Bryant (12.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg) will stay in the NBA Draft along with leading scorer James Blackmon (17 ppg, 4.8 rpg) while Robert Johnson (12.8 ppg) has entered his name without an agent; neither Johnson nor Blackmon were invited the NBA Draft Combine while OG Anunoby (11.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg) will has remained in the draft all along — that’s three of IU’s top four scorers.

The Pirates will look to build upon their 91-83 Gavitt Games win at Iowa last season, a breakout game for Myles Powell.

Seton Hall and Indiana last met in 1998 back when Bob Knight was the Hoosiers’ boss. Indiana leads the all-time series 2-1; the Pirates’ only home against against Indiana came in 1988-89, a 78-65 win.

Indiana joins an impressive list of non-league foes that includes a trip to Louisville, a high-major opponent in the Under Armour Reunion, and at least one of Vanderbilt/Virginia in the NIT Preseason Tip-off.

Seton Hall’s non-conference schedule now looks like this:

Fairleigh Dickinson
Indiana — Gavitt Games (11/15)
NIT Preseason Tip-Off Campus game #1
NIT Preseason Tip-Off Campus game #2
Rhode Island/Vanderbilt/Virginia (11/23)
Rhode Island/Vanderbilt/Virginia (11/24)
@ Louisville (12/3)
Under Armour Reunion (TBA)
@ Rutgers (12/16)

The complete Gavitt Games slate is below. Outside of Xavier-Wisconsin and Purdue-Marquette, it looks like Wednesday is clearly the night to tune into the Big 10-Big East challenge.

  • Nov. 13th: Minnesota at Providence
  • Nov. 14th: Purdue at Marquette
  • Nov. 15th: Butler at Maryland, Creighton at Northwestern, Indiana at Seton Hall
  • Nov. 16th: Xavier at Wisconsin, Nebraska at St. John’s
  • Nov. 17th: DePaul at Illinois
  • Jersey Jerry

    Think this is going to be a good match-up … sure will help RPI w/a “W” … is it Nov yet??

    • Just updated the story w/ Indiana roster situation. Thomas Bryant (played briefly with Delgado at Huntington Prep) looks gone. Leading scorer Blackmon has declared but looks to return after not getting invited to combine; same with Johnson.

      2 top-150 recruits, both forwards. I think Indiana could be NIT again, maybe better if Archie Miller works some magic.

      • rgd213

        We must use a different internet according to your updated version…..Mine says James Blackmon announced he was staying in the draft on 5/17……nice update

        • Just fixed it. Google was only showing some older Indy Star stories on Blackmon for whatever reason.

          Verbal Commits is usually a safe reference and instant with their updates on roster/commitments but lists both Bryant/Blackmon as staying — odd.

  • Leonard Satterlee

    James Blackmon Jr. isn’t returning next year. Walked at graduation, and will finish up class work this summer.
    As a lifelong SHU fan and current IU student, I’m looking forward to this game

  • Andrew Herbst

    This is exciting. I’m happy that we’ve bolstered our non-conference schedule. Will help our RPI for sure.

  • fouline

    We’re marching our way out of the patsy-parade. Go SHU. Go National!… Besides it helps with recruiting!!! Great move.

  • PadrePirate

    At least we’ll still have FDU and RU to satisfy those who hunger for at least one nice cupcake with extra sprinkles 🙂 Not a bad idea to start out the season with a less than formidable opponent (FDU) while the guys work out their jitters. But, if I remember correctly, RU had a decent recruiting haul and may be tough on the road. Last year’s home W was no rout either.

    Must say I’m disappointed to see that we STILL haven’t picked up a yearly game with either Princeton or Montmouth or both. I thought I recall Chris talking about a mini-NJ round-robin earlier this spring??

  • PirateLacrosse14

    Delgado is returning for his Senior Season!

  • Omitted this from the story — should be a home/home with VCU starting in Newark this year. Anyone else hear same? Believe it should be added to list.