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Around the Hall: Looking Forward to Pittsburgh, Skid, Pope, Bigger Tournament, Marriot, Discounted Tickets

The Beaver County Times with one of many Herb Pope / Aliquippa articles that will be run this weekend in the Pittsburgh papers:

He’s playing the game he loves, and he’s playing well for Seton Hall (12-8 overall, 3-6 in the Big East). Pope is one of only two Pirates to start every game this season. He’s second on the team in scoring at 12.0 points per game. He leads the Big East with 11.2 rebounds per game.

And he still dreams of playing in the NBA some day. On a recent Big East Conference call, Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez said that he gave Pope "his second and last chance." So far, Pope is making the most of it.

Many Big East coaches are welcome to a bigger post-season NCAA Tournament according to Adam Zagoria of SNY:

NCAA officials say that they are still exploring all their options regarding the Tournament and any potential expansion. That presumably includes reaching out to other potential TV partners such as FOX, CBS, NBC/Comcast and, of course, ESPN to see how they might alter the format.

Plans are underway for a Courtyard by Marriot that will be attached to the Prudential Center:

Officials said Thursday that the Courtyard by Marriott will begin construction later this year and should be completed sometime in 2012.

It will be the first new hotel in downtown Newark in nearly 40 years.

The building will be physically attached to the Prudential Center, which is home to the NHL's New Jersey Devils and the Seton Hall men's basketball team.

SHU Athletics are offering exclusive deals to followers of the team on Facebook or Twitter:

Fans will be able to buy one ticket and get a second free (maximum four purchases). Tickets are priced at $38 for the Notre Dame game and $26 for the DePaul game.

Visit the link to fill out the offer form.  

Much more to come tomorrow morning in the Seton Hall @ Pittsburgh preview post.