No need to call this one a huge game as the Pirates head down to Philly to take on the No. 2 Wildcats. After losing that horrible game to South Florida, the Hall is in need of another season-defining win and one over a once-beaten Villanova squad qualifies and, honestly, erases the bitter defeat, at least in my eyes. A loss, and the Pirates would have to wait for either their rematches with Pitt and/or West Virginia for that resume-building win. Enough talk, here's what Seton Hall needs to do to win tonight.
1. They must somehow contain Scottie Reynolds. Big shock, I'm sure everyone reading this says the same thing. Which only makes it more important to slow him down. Keon Lawrence had one of his best defensive games slowing down Dominique Jones and now should have the chance to do the same here. Make Reynolds take difficult shots, fight through screens, and deny as much as possible.
2. Bobby G. needs to return Jeff Robinson to the starting lineup. In a night of many bad decisions by the Pirates, it all started Thursday when Gonzo started Jeff Garcia instead of J-Rob. Despite a 7-1 start, it wasn't sustained and as you can expect, Garcia had very little in terms of stats. Robinson has been the most consistent of the transfers (yes, including Herb Pope) and having him and Pope up front allows Seton Hall to funnel the offense inside-out better since neither guy is the liability that Garcia is.
3. This can't be a game Jeremy Hazell decides to chuck it up 25 times. Seton Hall can ill afford any repeats of the Georgetown game with regards to Hazell. Hazell must continue to play the team game with him looking for open teammates since we all know Villanova will double and possible triple-team him at times and dare guys like Lawrence to shoot. If Hazell turns tonight's game into his own personal HORSE contest, we'll lose unless Jeremy hits 60 percent (not likely). I'm not worried though as I think Hazell should come through and if the Pirates lose, it won't be because of Jeremy.