This is from my blog, The Seton Hall Blog
This is part 1 of my season recap. I will split this into 4 parts:
Part 1: the 1st 3 games
Part 2: the ensuing 13 games without Hazell
Part 3: the next 12 games where Hazell was back but still not himself
Part 4: The last 3 games of the season where Hazell was back and himself
So, without further ado, here is Part 1 of my season recap
The season started out with a showdown @ Temple. As we all know, Temple is ranked and should fare pretty well in the tournament. Well, what we saw in the 1st game of the Willard era was great defense but one of the worst offensive performances I have ever seen (up to that point. There would be far worse performances to come). Seton Hall lost the game and shot a woeful 29 percent. Hazell led all scorers with 17 points. The next game, was our first home game vs. Cornell. Seton Hall destroyed them led by Jeremy Hazell. Jeremy had 28 points on 8-11 shooting from the floor and 8-8 from the line. JROB had 16 points and Seton Hall's defense stifled Cornell. We won the game 92 to 68. Our next game was the 1st game of the Virgin Island tournament. We faced Alabama. What we did not know at the time was Bama would go on to win the SEC West. This game we were again led by Jeremy Hazell. Hazell scored 27 points on 6-12 from the floor, and 5-6 from 3 along with 10-16 from the line. Seton Hall overcame a 5 point half time defecit to win 83 to 78. My confidence in Seton Hall was at an all time high. After the showing the last 2 games, I was starting to realize that we could very easily be a tournament team. What I did not know that night was that Jeremy Hazell had fractured his wrist and would miss the next 13 games. I woke up the next morning and went to southorangejuice.com and saw just that horrible news. I was crushed. Part 2 to come tomorrow.