NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The annual men’s basketball matchup between Rutgers and Seton Hall returns for the 2021-22 season as the two teams face off in the Garden State Hardwood Classic.

The game is slated for Sunday, Dec. 12 at the Prudential Center in Newark. 

Rutgers defeated then-No. 22 ranked Seton Hall, 68-48 in front of a sold-out crowd at the RAC on Dec. 14, 2019 in the most recent meeting.

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The Scarlet Knights limited the Pirates to a season-low 32.2 percent (19-of-59) shooting to earn their largest margin of victory over a ranked opponent in program history.

The 20-point win marked Rutgers’ biggest over its rival since downing Seton Hall by 32 points, 81-49, at the RAC on Jan. 7, 1998.

The game will mark the 72nd matchup in an all-time series that dates back to 1916.

The Big Ten previously announced the Scarlet Knights’ conference opponents for the 2021-22 season. Last season, Rutgers played the second-hardest strength of schedule nationally per ESPN. 

Rutgers is coming off of its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1991.

The Scarlet Knights defeated No. 7 seed Clemson for the team's first NCAA Tournament victory since 1983.

Rutgers posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1990-91 and 1991-92 and won double-digit conference games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1989-90 and 1990-91.