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Seton Hall’s Ismael Sanogo to play against Columbia

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 11:  Seton Hall Pirates forward Ismael Sanogo (14) during the second half of the NCAA Basketball game between the Seton Hall Pirates and the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights on November 11, 2016, at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange,NJ.  The Seton Hall Pirates defeated the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights 91-70.  (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
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Seton Hall Pirates forward Ismael Sanogo (shoulder) will play in the team’s Thursday night game against Columbia, Kevin Willard told FanRag Sports.

The shoulder injury has held him out of the last two games.

Last season, Sanogo started 31 of 33 games he appeared in. Known as an outstanding defense talent, his counting stats are not indicaive to what sort of impact he has for the Pirates.

As a sophomore, he averaged 5.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. Sanogo also became the only player in Big East to rank in conference’s top 12 in rebounding, steals and blocks. The big man was named to Big East Championship All-Tournament team despite averaging only 6.3 points, which is a testament to the defense he played.

Coming off a loss, the Pirates are 4-2 heading into the game against the Lions. Columbia enters it 3-3 on the young season. Columbia leads the all-time series with Seton Hall, 11-8, but the Pirates have won six of the last seven meetings dating back to 1983.

The game is scheduled to tip at 7:00 PM Eastern. Fox Sports will broadcast.

After Columbia, Seton Hall will have a few day back before playing Hawaii and Cal in back-to-back days.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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