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Posted on: March 11, 2009 3:50 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2009 3:22 pm
 

#11 Seton Hall Pirates Game Preview (BET)

#11 Seton Hall Pirates 17-14 (7-11 BE)

 

Seton Hall Starting Lineup:

G Paul Gause Sr.

G Eugene Harvey Jr.

G Jeremy Hazell Soph.

F Robert Mitchell Jr.

F/C John Garcia Jr.

 

Key Bench Players :

G Jordan Theodore Fr.

F Robert Mitchell Jr.

F Brandon Walters Soph.

 

Previous Game:  In the first round of the Big East Tournament the #11 seed Seton Hall Pirates defeated the #14 seed South Florida Bulls 68-54.  The win snapped Seton Hall's 5 game losing streak in the BET.  Jeremy Hazell led the Pirates with 23 points, he scored 12 of those 23 in a 21-9 run to start the 2nd half and put the Pirates up by 14, they never looked back.

 

Game Preview:   The postseason is here and that means March Madness.  Expect the unexpected.  The last time Seton Hall and Syracuse matched up it was the 1st game of the Big East regular season and Syracuse romped Seton Hall by 24.  Seton Hall was without starting Center John Garcia and it's coach Bobby Gonzalez who was serving a 1 Big East game suspension due to an occurence that happened the previous season.  Now they are both back.  On the other hand we have #6 seeded Syracuse, a team that is on a 4 game winning streak, playing their best basketball of the season and actually defending the basketball.  That is a huge part of Syracuses' success as defense is the key to winning games in the postseason.  Syracuse needs to to hold Jeremy Hazell at bay, he had 23 points in the last game, he is going to score at least 15 somehow, Cuse just cannot let him go off.  Another player to watch out for is Robert Mitchell, he had the best game of his life against Syracuse back in December, putting up 22 points along with 10 boards.  Onuaku and Jackson shouldn't have a problem with him but he has a history of dominating Syracuse.  The key stat to this game is 3 point FG%.  Seton Hall will hoist up 3's over the Cuse 2-3 zone, in the last game against Syracuse they went 2-27 (7.4%) from 3, while Syracuse shot 12-22 (54.5%) and went 9-14 in the first half.  Syracuse has a history of performing excellently in MSG and in the BET (not including last season), so this should just be another game for them, but for Seton Hall they are fighting to win it all and get in the Big Dance, they will come out looking to upset some people.

 

My Prediction:  Syracuse hasn't been this hot this late since the 2003-04 season, when they went to the Sweet 16.  Syracuse has a shot to not only go to the Sweet 16 or further but they also have a legit shot at winning the BET, and it starts with a win over Seton Hall.  82-68 Syracuse.

 

Final Score: 89-74 Syracuse

 

 

 

 

Posted on: December 29, 2008 10:28 am
Edited on: December 30, 2008 9:12 pm
 

Seton Hall Pirates Game Preview (BE Play Begins!)

Seton Hall Pirates 9-3

Seton Hall Starting Lineup:
G Paul Gause Sr.
G Eugene Harvey Jr.
G Jeremy Hazell Soph.
F Robert Mitchell Jr.
F/C Mike Davis Soph.

Key Bench Players:
G Jordan Theodore Fr.
F Brandon Walters Soph.

Previous Game:  In the Pirates final OOC game, they walloped Farleigh Dickinson 101-70, to break a disappointing 2 game losing streak.  G Jeremy Hazell paced the Pirates with a career high 35 points, Robert Mitchell chipped in 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Game Preview:  The Pirates looked like a potential surprise team in the BE early on after beating USC and Va Tech.  Since then, both of those teams have been disappointing and Seton Hall has slumped, after an injury to starting F John Garcia who is out with a torn MCL the Pirates have been 1-2 with losses to IUPUI @ home and James Madison, neither team is expected to be in the big dance come tourney time.  After all of that Seton Hall still boasts a great 1-2 punch inside and out.  Jermey Hazell averages 22.4 ppg, second in the BE.  He can flat out score the ball, expect Paul Harris to be matched up with him throughout the game, nonetheless he always finds away to drop at least 20 points, he is the Pirates only legit 3 point threat, Harris needs to keep tabs on him.  The matchup everyone should be watching though is Arinze Onuaku versus Seton Hall's Robert Mitchell, they should be matched up together, that one is going to be fun to watch.  Someone who everyone should be watching is Cuse's Eric Devendorf who is returning from virtually a 2 game suspension.  Will he start?  Will he even see the court?  Consensus is he will start and he will play, and he should come back hungry.  Expect a big game from Devo.  If Andy Rautins and Rick Jackson can stay hot, with the return of Devo, not to mention one of the best players in the country in Jonny Flynn, Syracuse is one of the most dangerous teams in the country.

My Prediction:  Syracuse is just all around better than Seton Hall, a team that is coming into BE play struggling a bit.  Hazell and Mitchell are very good players but Syracuse is just the better team with more momentum.  Cuse goes to 1-0 in BE play 77-69.

Final Score:  Cuse wins 100-76
 
 
 
 
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