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Around the Hall: Looking Forward to UConn, No Surprise if Close, Power Poll, Lowlights, Andre Barrett Comes Home

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The Pirates have their backs against the wall, no doubt, Jerry Carino of Hoops Haven won't be surprised if it's close:

1. Seton Hall can start to right its wayward ship with a win at UConn Wednesday. We know, we know—the Pirates NEVER win in Storrs (not since 1997). But we should see a desperate team trying to claw its way out of a corner, so don’t be surprised if it’s close. Keeping Herb Pope out of foul trouble is a must for the Hall to have a chance.

Yes, every game the Pirates have played against great competition has been close, I don't think anyone will be surprised.  Then again, no one is worried about them playing another close game, it's the ability to close teams out that will leave folks surprised if Seton Hall winds up victorious.

Seton Hall drops to the #11 spot in the NBE Big East Power Poll, a far, but warranted drop from the #6 position they held, just weeks ago. 

NBE Basketball Report focuses on the lowlights of the Pirates loss in Cancun:

Also, Herb Pope fouled out with eight minutes left in regulation. The failure of the coaching staff to get Pope out of the game following the fourth foul and lack of discipline of Pope to avoid a fifth foul 30 seconds after the fourth showed lack of basketball acumen all the way around.

I couldn't agree more, I had planned on making this a BIG talking point in yesterday's, "Recent Downturn" post, however, I couldn't come to grips with anything that made sense regarding the situation. I've been trying to think of an explanation why Pope was left in the game with 8 minutes remaining, with the Pirates trailing by only two points, however, it's been 4 nights now and I'm still as clueless as I was Saturday night:

-What was Herb Pope doing on the floor with 4 fouls and 8 minutes remaining in the game? Not to mention, this was a two point game at the time, 2 points! I can understand 10 points, but a 2 point game makes the decision unacceptable. I can't comprehend what Gonzo's thought process was, hopefully he can, because his decision ultimately cost the Pirates to play without Pope for the final 8 minutes.

Yep, still can't comprehend it.

After being cut in the preseason by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Seton Hall Hero, Andre Barrett returned to the area to train with Jerry Powell at his Basketball Results Skills Academy in Long Island.  An absolute must-read:

On a frigid morning last week, Powell is demanding the same speed and intensity from Andre Barrett, the Bronx product and former Seton Hall star and NBA player, who sought Powell's training to help him return to the pros. "Again, but faster!" Powell says, rifling a basketball at Barrett. "Faster!" Barrett made the hour-long trip from Clifton, N.J.

The Pirates return to action tomorrow night at 9pm, visiting the UConn Huskies, making their on-campus home opener at Gampel Pavilion.