The Day After: Bulls Drown Pirates in Tampa Bay, 76-74 (OT)

After another crushing defeat that saw the Pirates throw away countless opportunities, Seton Hall's NCAA tournament hopes are somewhere drifting away in the Bay of Tampa.  It's going to take one hell of an undertow to bring the ship back to shore.  Let's get right to the reactions following another Seton Hall OT heartbreaker.  GB's immediate post game thoughts: 

Herb calmly made the first and was subsequently iced by USF head coach, Stan Heath, who called timeout. Pope missed his second attempt and Jarrid Famous ripped down the board. The clock then began ticking away as Jeff Robinson and Jeremy Hazell stood motionless, looking at Famous holding the ball, apparently confused as to what they were supposed to do. When they realized they needed to foul in that situation, Hazell committed the foul, an entire 2 seconds after the rebound. How are the Pirates unaware of simple situational aspects of the game?

And just like that, the USF Bulls have a better record than Seton Hall.  From the SHU Athletics recap:

The loss was the Pirates' first ever to USF in eight all-time meetings. The Bulls improved to 13-7 overall and 3-5 in the BIG EAST on the season. Sophomore Herb Pope (Aliquippa, Pa.) had only five points, but grabbed a team-high 17 rebounds in the losing effort.

Seton Hall made history last night, for that, the 09-10 squad will always be remembered for something! USF Athletics explains:

The Bulls' victory was the first time in program history that USF has won back-to-back BIG EAST contests. USF defeated Providence 109-105 on Saturday night in overtime. With five seconds remaining in overtime, Seton Hall came up the court with a chance to tie the game and force a second overtime, but junior Jarrid Famous came up with the steal as time expired.

In case you missed it, if you follow the link to USF Athletics, you can watch the video of fat USF women body-painting each other, to which I tweeted last night:

GonzoBall: Thanks ESPN2. They just showed 10 fat college chicks body painting their half naked bodies. There goes dinner.

Greg Auman, special to the Star-Ledger notes how Bobby Gonzalez provided a bit of bulletin board material for the Bulls a few weeks back:

Two weeks ago, lamenting the grind of facing elite opponents in the Big East, the Seton Hall coach said "it would help us" to play a lower-tier team, like the University of South Florida, which his Pirates had beaten in all seven previous meetings.

Well, that didn’t work out so well. The Bulls knocked off the Pirates, 76-74, in overtime Thursday night at the Sun Dome, getting back-to-back Big East victories for the first time in their five seasons in the conference. "You can’t continue to beat teams all the time. Sooner or later, you’re going to get knocked off, unless you’re one of the elite teams," Gonzalez said. "It’s hard to keep beating somebody all the time."

Gonzo wasn't done there, he added:

Gonzalez complained after the game about a "very big discrepancy in free throws" — his team shot 19, the home Bulls 31.

I can't be the only one who is getting pretty tired of the excuses, to hint that the refs had something to do with this outcome is a horrible misrepresentation of the facts.  The Bulls made their free throws when they had to and we didn't.  Furthermore, we don't need to hear about, "you can't continue to beat teams all the time." That statement couldn't be farther from the truth, if the Pirates played with the same defensive tenacity they put forth against Pitt, they would have beaten the Bulls for the eighth consecutive time.  There's no reason to blame this on a law of averages, the Pirates got beat.  Yes, Dominique Jones is a special talent, but the Pirates didn't show up defensively.  

Visit Astro's Bulls blog for his five thoughts on the Bulls victory:

2. Kudos to Famous and Fitzpatrick on limiting Herb Pope to 5 points last night. The 17 rebounds were extremely impressive, but our bigs did a great job keeping him away from the basket. Also, Famous filled up the box score again, as he scored 15 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and threw in 2 blocks and a steal. Famous also went an impressive 7-11 from the line. Jarrid is getting better everyday, and our front line is going to be quite imposing once Gus comes back next week.

Christopher Lawlor of ESPN provides a look at undecided seniors in the class of 2010, Seton Hall has made an offer to Jonathan Graham, the 6'8, 225 lb. forward out of Calvert Hall College, Baltimore, MD:

Graham, a late bloomer, could push out an additional 2 inches, Bauersfeld says. Graham also is fundamentally sound, can put the ball on the floor, can defend the post and shoots a hook shot with both hands. Last month, he was named the MVP of the Benedictine Tournament in Richmond, Va., and was on the all-tournament team at the Gonzaga D.C. Classic. He averages a double-double, 22 points and 12 rebounds, playing in the ultra-competitive Baltimore Catholic League against the likes of Mount St. Joseph and St. Frances Academy.

Lastly, GonzoBall.com received it's first national mention by a major publication (as far as I'm aware) this afternoon. Brett McMurphy, of AOL Fan House, wrote a feature on Bobby Gonzalez and referenced GonzoBall and it's origin:

GonzoBall.com, a blog devoted to Seton Hall basketball, describes Gonzo Ball as "its origin derives from our boisterous, sometimes theatrical, but absolutely methodical head coach, Bobby Gonzalez."

Seton Hall's boisterous, sometimes theatrical, but absolutely methodical head coach is a little less boisterous and theatrical of late because the Pirates have been winning. Or they were until Thursday's upset loss to USF.

We've been quoted by Mike Water's of the Syracuse Post-Standard, local media in New Jersey and various college basketball blogs, but nothing considered a major, "online sports publication" until today.  I'd like to thank Gonzo Ball contributors: Eric SoHayda and Keith Stewart for their continued hard work and contributions to Gonzo Ball. 

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