Richmond @ Seton Hall, 7:00PM EST
Prudential Center - Newark, New Jersey
Opening Line: Seton Hall -2 (SHU 4-5ATS)
Radio: WSOU 89.5 FM
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Seton Hall Pirates, Big East, Record: 6-5, KenPom: 56, RPI: 144, SOS: 102
Alright guys, I was just about done with a lengthy Open Game Thread last night at 3AM, and I accident hit the side button on my mouse (back hotkey for Chrome) and I lost everything. I swore I had saved drafts, but SOJ had been acting a bit weird last night -- so I guess it didn't register. I'll keep this brief, just hit on a few key points that I had. Sorry! I guarantee I'm more pissed off than you guys are!
- This is a must win game for the Pirates, not even for NCAA considerations, which is rediculous to talk about at this point, but for confidence. The Pirates have a chance to win 2 maybe 3 games in a row here (Richmond, USF, Cincy) without Jeremy Hazell.
Richmond Spiders, Atlantic-10, Record: 9-3, KenPom: 44, RPI: 76, SOS: 198
- Puzzling team, like Dayton. Lost to Georgia Tech and Iona, but beat Purdue?
- Any Pirate fans that aren't familiar with Kevin Anderson and Justin Harper: Its a very good thing if you still don't know them very well after this game. Trust me.
- Richmond is quite different than Dayton. They aren't as good at rebounding, and they can shoot the rock.
KenPom Prediction: Seton Hall 68, Richmond 65 (This guy's formula really likes the Pirates!)
There is no polite way to put this- this is the last chance the Pirates have to get into the NCAA Tournament. Their non-conference schedule has been a disaster to this point. They have exactly ZERO quality wins in a non-conference slate that was full of chances to get one, and considering that Big East play starts on Tuesday, .... well, you get my point.
Seton Hall had its three-game win streak snapped by Dayton on Wednesday in a 69-65 loss at Prudential Center. Four Pirates scored in double-figures including senior Jeff Robinson, who scored a team-high 15 points. Freshman Fuquan Edwin was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on Monday. The Pirates remain home for the fourth of five straight home games with Richmond on Sunday. Jordan Theodore leads the team with 12.3 points per game while Jeremy Hazell is out with a broken bone in his left wrist.
The Richmond players and coaches arrive in Newark on Christmas morning and will eat Christmas Dinner on Saturday night after practice. • Sunday's game will be the second-straight noontime start for the Spiders. The Spiders are 3-0 in games starting at noon Eastern Time this season. • The Spiders are looking to match last year's 10-3 start, which was the best start since 1987-88 and fifth-best 13-game start in school history. Just four Spider teams, (1926-27, 1934-35, 1985-87, 1987-88) have started better than 10-3, including just the two teams (1985-86, 1987-88) in the last 75 years.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas / Holidays. Go Pirates!