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January

My guy Ari is complaining that we're not putting our pregame basketball capsules from the newspaper on the blog, so I'm offering it up here, if for no other reason than to cultivate some discussion about what could -- could -- be USF's first Big East win on the road, and for that matter, USF's first-ever win in Newark. Enjoy, and I'll have more later this afternoon …

USF (10-7, 1-3) at Seton Hall (10-6, 0-3)

When/where: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.

TV/radio: Catch 47, 1250-AM.

Scouting report: Seton Hall has won all three previous meetings, and we’ll say it again: USF is still seeking its first conference road win in three seasons in the Big East. Seton Hall hasn’t been especially dominant at home, needing overtime to beat Monmouth, Robert Morris and James Madison, and losing to N.C. State. Expect a lot of points, as Seton Hall is second in the Big East in scoring (82.2 ppg) and worst in points allowed (79.6). Good news for USF? The Pirates are worst in rebounding defense and second-worst in 3-point percentage. ... Bulls center Kentrell Gransberry has stepped up his play in the Big East, averaging 20.5 points and 11.8 rebounds in four league games to raise his average to a team-high 16.3 and 11.2. Freshman guard Dominique Jones is next with 16.1 points, and Seton Hall has its own 1-2 punch in 6-5 forward Brian Laing (19.0 ppg) and 6-foot guard Eugene Harvey (17.2). ... USF and Seton Hall are 75th and 76th in CollegeRPI.com’s ratings; the Pirates are 1-5 (win vs. Virginia) against RPI top 100 teams, while USF is 2-6 (Florida State, UAB).

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