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According to ESPNU College Basketball broadcaster Adam Amin, Seton Hall's Aaron Cosby will miss tonight's game against Pittsburgh due to family reasons. Cosby, a sophomore combo guard averaging 11.6PPG and 3APG did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh.
Cosby's absence comes one game after he played just 17 minutes, which is significantly less than his average in the Big East. While Aaron's void in the Seton Hall lineup is not due to injury, it does perpetuate the pattern of missing bodies from Kevin Willard's arsenal of players. Cosby has been a significant contributor for the Pirates since hobbling into the season with a sprained PCL that kept him out of the home opener against UMKC at Walsh Gym and limited his playing time against Norfolk State, Washington and Rhode Island.
With Cosby out of the lineup, Tom Maayan looks to pick up the majority of the minutes at point guard tonight at a tough venue. That daunting responsibility has turnover city written all over it for the most turnover happy player (50.9%) in the Big East who also happens to be a freshman.
Brian Oliver will look to match Aaron Cosby's expertise at shooting guard while the Louisville native is gone. The Pirates are 15.5 point underdogs against Pittsburgh tonight. The game airs on ESPNU at 9PM.
Update (8:30PM): Brian Oliver is doubtful for tonight's game after sustaining swelling in his ankle before the game. Oliver was spotted in a walking boot during pre-game activities. If Oliver is sidelined, Seton Hall would be with just eight scholarship players, which certainly isn't something the Pirates are foreign to. Brian may have to undergo surgery on his ankle after the season (or perhaps before if this continues) according to Kevin Willard.