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Around the Hall: Pirates in the Ship, Jackson Athlete of the Week, Pope Honor Roll, Power Poll, Big East Better Be

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People are beginning to look at the Pirates chances of winning the NCAA Tournament, literally.  In all seriousness, a Gambling website, Crunch Sports, checks out the current odds of Seton Hall winning the 'ship which is currently listed as 100/1.  They actually wrote a rather lengthy write-up about the Hall where they mention Hazell and Pope, pretty impressive for a betting website:
If Seton Hall (currently 8-0) is 11-1 on January 1st then the Pirates are legitimate.

Coming out of the Big East Seton Hall has a chance to get a high seed for the March Madness tournament.

Currently priced at +10000 (100/1) for the National Championship, they can be sprinkled really lightly at that price. If they can beat Temple on Friday night then don't wait to add the Pirates to your futures list as those really long odds will start to shorten.
I could see throwing $5 or $10, maybe even $20 on the Pirates at 100/1, but I can't honestly believe someone would wager a large sum of money on a futures bet consisting of the Pirates winning the tournament.  Then again, it's why they play the game and this isn't college football, so they do have a shot.  

Congratulations to Jamel Jackson, who was named SHU's Athlete of the week in recognition of his 40 point, 12-of-15 3PT shooting against VMI:
Jackson broke the Seton Hall single-game record by hitting 12 three-pointers, previously held by Shaheen Holloway, and scored his points on 14-of-17 shooting. Jackson is also the first player to score 40 points in a game since Terry Dehere notched 41 against St. John's on February 17, 1993.
For the second straight week, Herb Pope has been named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll:
In Saturday's "score-a-thon" vs. VMI (134-107 win), Pope recorded his sixth double-double of the year with 15 points and a career-high 20 rebounds. His 20-board performance is the most in a single-game since Eddie Griffin pulled down 21 vs. Saint Peter's on Nov. 27, 2000.
Seton Hall checks in at #6 in NBE's latest Big East Power Poll, which is voted on by 11 writers and contributors of NBE.  They list the Pirates behind: Syracuse, West Virginia, Georgetown, Villanova and Connecticut.

With 11 teams still unbeaten, Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News asks, which team will remain undefeated the longest? Of course, Mike mentions Seton Hall, however only checks out four teams in-depth:
Only 11 unbeatens remain after a month of college basketball, headed by No. 1 Kansas, No. 2 Texas and No. 3 Kentucky. The others: Georgetown, Missouri State, New Mexico, Purdue, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Texas Tech, West Virginia.
Many of you are familiar with the story of Herb Pope, whether from reading articles linked here on Gonzo Ball or through our interview with Pope.  However, Alejandro Danois put together another MUST-READ article for Dime Magazine:
"March 31, that's Final Four time," said Pope."Everywhere I've been, I've made it to a championship game and that's my goal, no matter what it takes."

Herb Pope has spent a lifetime trying to keep trouble at bay. Considering his journey, how he's fought to survive, and still managed to come out on the winning end, he's already proven that he's not afraid. The Big East better be."
Excellent stuff Alejandro, I couldn't agree more.  The Big East better be ready for the Pope of South Orange.