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Hartford Hawks (2-5) @ Seton Hall Pirates (5-0) 7PM Pre-Game Notes

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Hartford Hawks @ Seton Hall Pirates, 7PM
Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Television: Hall Pass
Radio:770 WABC

Projected starting five:
G-Eugene Harvey
G-Jeremy Hazell
SF-Robert Mitchell
PF-Herb Pope
C-John Garcia

On Monday night, Harvey received the start against NJIT and the Pirates once again started sloppy.  There were careless turnovers and a lack of execution on the offensive end while the Pirates and the Highlanders traded leads for the first six minutes.  Once Theodore entered the game, he immediately righted the ship and provided the missing spark the offense was lacking, making better decisions in getting his teammates involved.  With that said, I still expect Harvey to receive the start tonight, however should he start poorly again, it may be time for Gonzo to make the switch, sooner than later.

Sure, the Pirates should continue winning rather easily throughout the remainder of their out of conference schedule, however, if a switch is going to be made, it should come before BE play begins.  If Theodore receives starts against UMass, VMI, Temple and Navy, he will gain valuable in-game experience as a starter before the demanding schedule begins on December 26th.

Hopefully, Harvey turns it around starting tonight, as he is trusted to be an integral part of this club should they expect to see postseason success.  Theodore may also be best utilized at his current role of super-sub, providing a much-needed spark off of the bench when things aren't clicking. Should JT be moved into the starting lineup and the team struggles to get going, that spark may be suddenly missing.

Herb Pope will try for his FIFTH! consecutive double-double tonight, Pope-Double-Double, Death, Taxes and repeat.

SHU preview of the game can be read here:
Seton Hall has a solid history of success against the current teams of the America East Conference. The Pirates have only played four of the nine teams in the conference, but have sported a 10-1 record against them all-time. Their lone loss came to Boston University on Dec. 19, 1963.
Tonight's opponent, the Hartford Hawks are playing their second of a back-to-back, losing to Yale University last night:
Trailing 39-37 with 5:42 left, Yale went on an 8-0 run during the next 3 minutes. Alex Zampier sank a pair of jumpers and a big 3-pointer, sparking the Bulldogs (3-5) to a 45-39 lead with just over 2 minutes to play.
GonzoBall Prediction: Hartford 63, Seton Hall 89