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Around the Hall: #80, No Sandbagging, Win 22, Congrats Adrian

Ranking the top 101 teams in the NCAA, Mid-Major Madness, lists Seton Hall at #80. Sure enough, they followed the status-quo when it came to predicting a playoff bid for the Pirates:

If three transfers come through, the Pirates could be NCAA-bound. Predicting an NCAA tournament berth might be wishful thinking, but after finishing 11th in the Big East last season, the Pirates will make a push to finish in the top half of the Big East. It all depends on how well Seton Hall's three transfers jell on the court with their new teammates.

Tony Olivero of The Daily Orange, with an excellent piece on Bobby Gonzalez, my favorite line from the extremely quotable Gonzo:

"I have to get to the NCAA Tournament," Gonzalez said. "I'm not going to sandbag and play make believe."

New Jersey Hoops Heaven catches up with Jeremy Hazell who is saying all the right things pertaining to the upcoming season. At the Big East media day, Fran Fraschilla asked Hazell if he'd rather score 22ppg and win 17 games, or 17ppg and win 22, to which he replied:

"I told him I’d rather score 15 points and win 25 games," Hazell said. "Because winning 17 games can’t really get you anywhere."

The author, Jerry Carino, goes on to project "22 wins, maybe more."

Congratulations to Adrian Griffin who will be inducted into the SHU Hall of Fame class of 2010. He will be inducted at the 21st Athletics Hall of Fame Enshrinement Dinner at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, N.J.

A two-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star, Griffin guided his teams to three post-season appearances including two NCAA berths and a BIG EAST Tournament title in 1993. Following graduation, Griffin spent nine years in the NBA and is currently an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks.