Despite a slow start, the Pirates have their sights set on making the NCAA Tournament as SNY's Brendon Desrochers breaks down their chances:
This chart illustrates that Seton Hall has indeed played the most difficult conference schedule of any Big East team to date, and that will turn around. When one balances the quality of the opposition with the record against those opponents -- something the RPI does a decent job at -- Seton Hall has had the eighth-best conference season among Big East teams so far. That sounds about right, and it also puts the Pirates right around the bubble. The thing that this chart doesn't show is that Seton Hall has also played five of its first seven conference games at home, and that will turn around as well.
The schedule is much more manageable than it looked just three weeks ago. That being said, I'd feel much more confident with the second half of the schedule if the Pirates can pick up 2-of-3 on this road trip.
The Quinlan Watch continues with more from Jerry Carino:
Don’t believe the spin coming from Seton Hall’s administrators about Joe Quinlan. It’s true that the athletic director hasn’t been ordered to clean out his desk, but the writing is all over the wall and you don’t need Sherlock Holmes to connect the dots. Here’s when they’ll finally confirm reality: After the dust settles and everyone departs for the summer, a terse statement will be released at about 4:45 on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend.
I tend to agree with Jerry, the writing is on the wall and I doubt Quinlan will be retained at season's end. Still, the Pirates are picking up a bit of steam and they're about to begin a 3 game, "road trip" in what is the toughest remaining stretch on their schedule. They've found themselves smack in the middle of the Big East standings, putting forth a consistent (sans GTown) effort night-in and night-out that is sure to provide us with exciting basketball the rest of the way. With all the rumors flying around, I'd rather just focus on basketball right now.
No surprise, a near triple-double highlighted by a 46 point performance will earn you Big East player of the week honors:
University of South Florida junior guard Dominique Jones earned his second BIG EAST Player of the Week honor after scoring 46 points to lead USF to a 109-105 overtime victory over Providence on Jan. 23.
Jones ended his night two points short of tying the BIG EAST single-game record, which is held by Eric Murdock of Providence, who scored 48 points against Pitt exactly 19 years to the day of Jones' performance on Jan. 23, 1991.
The ranking is based on the following four criteria: A) performance/accomplishments, B) skill/talent, C) pro potential, D) impact/value to team.
I strongly disagree with these rankings. I wouldn't mind if they had Hazell rated higher than Pope, but these two are not 59 spots apart from each other. Unless CHN is weighing Hazell's career performances/accomplishments against Pope's, I don't see how these two could be rated so distant from each other. In fact, a case can be made that Pope has the advantage in three of the four (B, C, D) categories.
Javier Morales of the Tuscon Citizen, writes a piece on Kadeem Jack as he's set to visit Arizona this week. Jack also has interest from Seton Hall:
Jack, a 6-8, 200-pound post player, was a reserve for most of his freshman and sophomore seasons at Rice. He blossomed toward the end of last season. His progression as a player is ongoing with impressive results.
His 24 points and 20 rebounds against Bishop Loughlin’s Jayvaughn Pinkston — rated by some as New York City’s best player this season — earlier this month indicates he’s on track to be one of the best Class of 2010 prospects. He entered the season without recognition from the national recruiting services.
Jack/Pope/Hall/JRob next season? Yes please.