SOUTH ORANGE – The BIG EAST unveiled the 2012-13 men’s basketball conference schedules for all 15 member schools on Wednesday. Combined with its non-conference schedule, Seton Hall will host 16 games in its sixth season at Prudential Center in Newark. The Pirates’ opener on Nov. 9 will be on campus at Walsh Gym.
The first four games of Seton Hall’s season will be part of the 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. The first two games will be held at Seton Hall, while the second two will be at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The Pirates will open the 2012 regular season with the University of Missouri at Kansas City on Friday, Nov. 9, in Walsh Gym. It will mark the first regular season game held at Walsh since defeating Norfolk State, 97-87, on Dec. 4, 2000. Three days later, Seton Hall will host the aforementioned Norfolk State in the season’s first game at the Prudential Center on Monday, Nov. 12.
Continuing play at the 2012 Tip-Off Tournament, Seton Hall will face Washington at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday, November 17, and play the winner of the game between Rhode Island and Ohio State on Sunday, Nov. 18.
Additional non-conference Seton Hall home games include Maine on Wednesday, Nov. 21, Saint Peter’s on Sunday, Nov. 25, NJIT on Tuesday, Dec. 4, North Carolina A&T on Saturday, Dec. 15, Longwood on Wednesday, Dec. 19 and Stony Brook on Friday, Dec. 28.
Seton Hall will take to the road on Thursday, Nov. 29, when they face LSU as part of the 2012 SEC/BIG EAST Challenge. The Pirates are 1-1 all-time in the event with a 71-62 loss to Arkansas in Louisville in 2010 and an 81-59 victory over Auburn at the Prudential Center last season. Additional road contests include Wake Forest on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Long Island University on Saturday, Dec. 22 at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Seton Hall’s BIG EAST schedule features a home-and-home series with Louisville, Marquette, Providence and Rutgers. The Pirates will open the BIG EAST slate on the road at DePaul on Jan. 2. In addition to their opener, Seton Hall will play road games at Notre Dame (Jan. 5), Marquette (Jan. 16), St. John’s (MSG – Jan. 27), Georgetown (Jan. 30), Pittsburgh (Feb. 4), Rutgers (Feb. 12), Louisville (Feb. 23) and Providence (Mar. 5).
The Pirates will host Louisville on Jan. 9 for their first home BIG EAST game of the season. Seton Hall will also host Providence (Jan. 13), USF (Jan. 23), Cincinnati (Feb. 2), Connecticut (Feb. 10), Syracuse (Feb. 16), Marquette (Feb. 19), Villanova (Feb. 25) and Rutgers (Senior Day – March 8). It is the second straight year that Seton Hall will host Rutgers for its final home game.
The BIG EAST Championship, which will include all 15 schools, begins on Tuesday, March 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
All game times, plus complete television and radio information, will be announced at a later date.
Season tickets starting at $150 per seat are on sale now. For more information, contact the Seton Hall Athletic Ticket Office at 1-973-275-4255 or email@example.com.