How fitting, Seton Hall's disappointing season came crashing down today in miserable fashion as they lost 76-70 (OT) to the Scarlett Knights. Anybody surprised? You shouldn't be. Despite Jeremy Hazell's miraculous make to end regulation, Seton Hall failed to execute late in the game or overtime, gift-wrapping a first round BET victory for their intrastate Rivals.
Kevin Willard made it clear early in the year that his players have the green-light to shoot from wherever on the court that they wish. I am POSITIVE that Coach WILL rethink that philosophy during the long offseason as he watched Jeff Robinson single-handedly shoot the Pirates out of the ballgame with a 0-for-7 3PT performance this afternoon. For such a talented mid-range basketball player, Robinson's last NBA-audition was a telling one. See you in Europe. Willard could have put a stop to JRob's madness early in the season, but he chose not to. Hopefully he learns from it. No longer can he allow his players to dictate what their range is when the talent is lacking. Robinson's propensity to shoot the 3PT attempt robbed his teammates of multiple possessions with poor decision making throughout the season and also robbed his teammates of their only postseason appearance this season. The only good news to take from today? Jeff Robinson will never shoot another three-point attempt in Pirate Blue.
Jeremy Hazell's last game in a Blue-and-White uniform was a memorable one, contributing 27PTS/7REB on 9-of-20 (4-of-11 3PT) shooting, including a LONG game-tying 3PT attempt, as he refused to go out with another meltdown. Unfortunately, Jeremy only prolonged the inevitable as his teammates were unable to get him a meaningful touch in the entire overtime period. Words cannot express what a shame it is that Hazell's career ends without experiencing an NCAA Tournament. He deserved better. I can't wait to watch Jeremy in the NBA, when you've got that distance and that heart, he's going to make it. We wish you well, Jeremy.
JP will provide his detailed recap and thoughts when he's finishing hosting Hall Line as the WSOU crew attempts to talk callers of the ledge. Unbuckle the seat beat, exhale, another wild and disappointing season has come to an end. Is the future bright? There's been glimpses here and there, but too many question marks remain to say either way. We'll have a lot to discuss in the coming months and after last year's wild offseason, it can't be THAT BAD, can it?
View the misery in the official box score, here.