Seton Hall adds Columbia to non-conference slate

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Seton Hall has added reigning CIT champs Columbia (25-10, 12-4) of the Ivy League to their non-conference schedule.

Now with 12 games inked — assuming the rumored game on the West Coast prior to playing California in Hawaii is true — Seton Hall’s non-league schedule looks complete with the addition of Columbia; Kevin Willard has scheduled 12 games in four of his first six seasons in South Orange. This arrangement is a 1-game deal between the two schools.

On the exterior, the 25-win Lions appear to be a solid local pick-up, but there is a lot of turnover at the New York City school.

NJIT’s Jim Engles has replaced sixth-year coach Kyle Smith, who accepted an offer from San Francisco in March, and Columbia loses their top three scorers in Maodo Lo (16.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.9 apg), Short Hills’ Alex Rosenberg (13.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg), and Grant Mullins (13.3 ppg, 3.3 apg), who used a graduate transfer to move on to California; starter Isaac Cohen (3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.9 apg) has also graduated.

Rising senior center Luke Petrasek (10.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg) is the only returning Lion that averaged over 6 ppg last season.

Seton Hall holds the all-time edge over Columbia 8-4 with the most recent meeting culminating in an uneventful 71-50 Pirates win back in 2008 that I was actually at; shifty point guard Eugene Harvey nearly registered a triple-double.