Jan 2, 2013; Rosemont, IL, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard/forward Fuquan Edwin (23) shoots a free throw against the DePaul Blue Demons during the first half at the Allstate Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Basketball Preview: Seton Hall-Notre Dame

Dec 21, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Jack Cooley (45) talks to his teammates in the second half against the Niagara Purple Eagles at the Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame won 89-67. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The Fighting Irish kick off their 2013 Big East campaign against the Seton Hall on Saturday, January 5th at 12:00 p.m. at the Parcell Pavilion inside the Joyce Center. Currently, the Irish are ranked 19th in the nation according to the Coaches Poll. They have only fallen once to St. Joseph’s in Overtime.

Thus far, Notre Dame is averaging 76.4 points per game. They are also #1 in the nation in assists per game with 19.5. The Irish are led by double-double machine Jack Cooley who averages 15.2 points per game and 11.3 rebounds per game. Veteran Guard Eric Atkins leds the team in assists with 7.2 per game.

Seton Hall comes into this ball game with an equally impressive resume. They have a 12-2 overall record. The Pirates dropped games to Washington and LSU. They won their Big East Opener against DePaul on January 2nd, winning by a score of 73-72. The Pirates are averaging 73.0 points per contest.

The Pirates are led by Junior Guard Fuquan Edwin. Edwin is a 6’6″ 205 lbs player from Paterson, New Jersey. The Junior Guard is averaging 17.7 points per and 5.9 rebounds per game. Edwin opened the Big East season with an 11-point performance against the Blue Demons of DePaul. He added 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

Last season, Seton Hall was defeated by Notre Dame 55-42 in New Jersey. These are the types of games that Notre Dame has been winning in recent years. If the Fighting Irish want to compete for the Big East Title again, they will win the must win games in this season.

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