PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 9, 2013) – Rutgers University’s and Seton Hall University’s Divisions of Intercollegiate Athletics jointly announced today an eight-year agreement to continue the men’s basketball series at alternating home sites beginning this upcoming season. The first meeting will take place at the Rutgers Athletic Center at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
“I’m obviously very excited that this series is going to continue,” said Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan. “I have been a part of this rivalry as both a player and an assistant coach, and I look forward to preparing our team for it. It helps to build spirit and is good for our University, our fans, our students and the New Jersey basketball community. It’s special and we can’t wait to grow the rivalry even more.”
“Continuing a local college basketball rivalry with such a rich tradition only made sense,” said Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard. “This game has evolved into one that both fan bases look forward to each season, so we are happy to see it continue.”
Rutgers’ four home games in the series will take place at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway in December of 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. Seton Hall’s four home games in the series will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark in December of 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020.
The Scarlet Knights and Pirates have met 64 times on the collegiate hardwood dating back to 1916, with Seton Hall holding a 35-29 advantage in victories. Seventeen of the last 19 meetings have been decided by six points or less or in overtime. RU has won the last three games, but SHU captured victories in six of the prior eight contests. Rutgers is 16-15 at home in the series.
The complete 2013-14 Rutgers men’s basketball schedule will be announced at a later date. Fans already have the opportunity to secure their season tickets, however, by contacting the Rutgers Athletic Ticket Office at 866-445-GoRU (4678).