No. 5 Syracuse Starts Big East Play Tonight At Seton Hall

Ryan MaloneyContributor IIDecember 29, 2009

Things got a bit heated the last time Seton Hall and Syracuse met on the hardwood.  Their match-up in the 2009 Big East Tournament this past March produced four technical fouls and two skirmishes over the span of one minute. 

Even the fourth official, who sits behind the scorer's table, had to run out onto the court at one point to help restore order.

Arinze Onuaku was among the members of the Orange squad that found themselves involved in a tussle that night (pictured).  He'll be back on the low blocks tonight, as will Seton Hall senior John Garcia—the man whom Onuaku got into it with nine months ago.  Keep a close eye on the elbows tonight when these two giants get near each other in the paint.

As for the actual game, it's a bit unpredictable as to how things will shake out.  Syracuse is 12-0 and ranked fifth in the nation, but you can throw a lot of momentum out the window once you're in a conference road game, especially after a holiday break.

Seton Hall seems like a formidable squad thus far.  It took a highly-talented West Virginia squad—ranked sixth in the nation at the time—to overtime in their last outing on Dec. 26 before losing 90-84.  It also earned a 10-point victory over Cornell on the road back in November. The Big Red may only be an Ivy Leaguer, but they are expected to make some Cinderella noise in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. 

On the year, Seton Hall is 9-2 and received two points in the latest AP Top 25 poll .  An upset over the 'Cuse tonight would serve as an announcement to the rest of the Big East that the Pirates are legit.  Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.  The game will be televised in Syracuse by Time Warner Cable Sportsnet.

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