Seton Hall 2016-17 non-conference preview: Central Conn. State

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Two days after hosting Fairleigh Dickinson at Walsh in their home opener, Seton Hall will shift their focus down the road to Prudential Center when they take on Central Connecticut State in a Sunday matinee.

Rebuilding after the retirement of 20-year coach Howie Dickenman, the Blue Devils begin the Donyell Marshall era this season beginning with a home test against Hartford on Friday night before traveling down to Jersey.

Unfortunately for the former NBA star, he will be inheriting a bare cupboard as CCSU (4-25, 3-15) were ranked dead last in KenPom a season ago including a sub-300 rating in over ten major statistical categories.

A one-off game that was added late on by Seton Hall likely due to complications in renewing their long-standing series with Saint Peter’s, CCSU will rival Delaware as the easiest game on paper that the Pirates will play this season; they’re picked last in the preseason NEC Coaches Poll and KenPom has ’em at No. 349.

Departures: F Brandon Peel (11.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg), G JJ Cratit (6.9 ppg), G/F Jahlil Nails (6.7 ppg), PF Evan Phoenix (4.2, 3.6 rpg)
Key returnees: G Austin Nehls (11.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg), G Khalen Cumberlander (10.8, 3,7, 2.8 apg), F Mustafa Jones (7.5, 3.8 rpg), PG Kevin Seymour (4.3 ppg, 2.2 apg)
Additions: Tafari Whittingham (South Alabama grad. transfer) (4.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg)

CCSU will welcome five incoming freshmen, a pack that includes Donyell Marshall Jr., Jersey City-native Kashaun Hicks and wing Chris Williams, who was a teammate of Myles Carter at St. Rita.

Although the Blue Devils return a solid amount from last season, it’s hard to imagine them getting out of the Northeast Conference basement just yet. This game projects as a tune-up for Seton Hall prior to heading to Iowa City for their introduction to the Gavitt Games.

  • VinBick

    It is really sad that SHU and St Peter could not work out a game. Only a few, old alumni will be in the Rock for this one. No reason for this game to be on the schedule, period.

    • Schools played every year since 1949-50. First meeting in 31-32.

      • VinBick

        And always a good rivalry game against the Peacocks.

  • I’ll post it again: Madison Jones picked up a knee injury (unsure of severity) which held him out of Penn State scrimmage

  • Matty P

    Little bit off topic, but Whitehead is getting a golden opportunity over with the Nets. Should be the 4th PG on the team, but with 2 guys in front of him going down with an injury he’s gotten thrown into the backup role. Then tonight Lin left the game before the half with a hamstring strain which forced him into the only PG on the roster.

    • Valentino

      Unfortunately he continues to lead his team’s in turnovers per minute.

      • 5 pts, 5 TO, 4 fouls, 4 ast, 4 rebs in 20 minutes on Wed
        6 pts, 5 TO, 3 fouls, 2 ast, 4 rebs in 21 minutes on Mon

        Quite a lot of activity for the minutes.

      • Matty P

        Agreed the turnovers are an issue. From what I’ve seen it’s much like how last year started for him where he’s making mistakes since he doesn’t have the experience at PG, he’s trying to play too fast, and is trying too hard to make all of the plays. Throw that in with playing against NBA veterans and he’s going to have issues. Luckily for him I think the Nets aren’t in any rush to bring in another PG this early in the season and the coaches are willing to allow him to try and learn from his mistakes.

  • Okay, so that means there’s an error on the refrigerator magnet we received… I did think it was very odd that they’d be playing FDU on 11/11 and then CCSU just one day later. That explains it.

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