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Around the Hall: Looking Forward to UMass

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Seton Hall will attempt to start their season 7-0 for the first time since 1988-89 when they face UMass tomorrow night at the Prudential Center.  With Eugene Harvey recording 14 assists against Hartford, there won't be any debate over the Pirates' starting PG, until the next time Harvey has an off-game of course.

NBE Basketball looks at the return of Keon Lawrence and Jeff Robinson, while Gonzo's use of OOC games to audition his roster will provide a good idea of his rotation going forward:
The Pirates close out the first semester 12/12 by hosting VMI and a week later, December 19th, SHU will host Temple. The Temple game is interesting because mid-year transfer Jeff Robinson, who was previously at Memphis, and Keon Lawrence are eligible to play.
UMass started their season 2-4 after getting romped by 38 points in Atlantic City by Michigan St., however they've won their last two contests pulling their record to .500 before Monday's game in Newark.   Check out preview of the SHU-UMass game, courtesy of special contributor, 'Piratz':
For the first time in 107 seasons of Seton Hall basketball, the team has won 3 consecutive games by a margin of at least 29 points, hammering LIU, NJIT, and Harford last Thursday night.

UMass is led by Head Coach Derek Kellogg, who is in his second season at the helm of his alma mater. Kellogg played at UMass for John Calipari from 1991 to 1995, and was there for the start of their remarkable run of 7-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances through 1998. He would later spend 8 seasons as an assistant coach to Calipari at Memphis before returning to Massachusetts.
The Seton Hall Athletics preview:
Sophomore Jordan Theodore led the Pirates with 17 points in a game which saw every uniformed player score. Senior Eugene Harvey notched a double-double with 11 points and 14 assists. Seton Hall’s game vs. UMass is the fourth of nine straight home games. Seton Hall has never defeated UMass.
North Star Basketball ranks their pre-season top 20 New Jersey schools:
15. Seton Hall Prep: Yes, SHP did lose a lot of talent from last year's team, but the top player does return for a team that fell a few games short of a another state title for this tradition-rich program. Bob Farrell is one of the top coaches in the state a elite guard Sterling Gibbs '11 is one of the top players.