Seton Hall basketball faces 'a game we have to win' vs. St. John's

There have been times when Seton Hall vs. St. John’s on the basketball court was a marquee event. In the 1950s, both were national-title contenders. In the late 1980s through early 1990s, during P.J. Carlesimo’s heyday, the date was circled on every hoop-head’s calendar. Even as recently as the past five years, when Myles Powell and Shamorie Ponds squared off as both squads bordered on the Associated Press Top 25, there was buzz aplenty.

It’s not that no one cares about Saturday’s matchup, which is trending toward a lower-bowl sellout (10,500) at Prudential Center (noon tip, Fox Sports 1). Plenty of eyeballs will be watching. The difference this time: The mood is closer to desperation than aspiration as the sun sets on 2022.

Seton Hall (7-7 overall, 0-3 Big East) is trying to avoid the program’s first 0-4 start in league play since 2009-10 as first-year head coach Shaheen Holloway tries to get his bearings with a mash-up roster of Kevin Willard holdovers, transfers and freshmen. St. John’s (11-3, 1-2), which is loaded with individual talent, needs a decent win to boost sagging metrics as the pressure ramps up on fourth-year skipper Mike Anderson.

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