Remember that Seton Hall shooting guard? The one who was on the pre-season Wooden Award Watch List? I think he might have been an All Big-East preseason pick. Yeah that Jeremy Hazell guy - you might have heard of him. Well hes back.
I wouldn't expect too much out of Hazell. He will mostly disrupt DePaul's game plan and give a lot of energy to his teammates. It was only announced today around 2PM that Jeremy was cleared to play, so he hasn't had much, if any, practice with the team.
Look for the Pirates to build off the Syracuse game plan. Jeff Robinson and Herb Pope need to keep playing in the paint. Who would have expected those two to out-rebound the Orange? Not I, but they did. The two combined for only two 3PT attempts against Syracuse. Oddly enough, they out rebounded their opponent. Strange how that works.
Don't be turned off by the 6-9 record. This team is NOT a push over. Competitive games against Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Georgetown have showed the fight in Oliver Purnell's squad.
Watch out for freshman forward Cleveland Melvin. An ex-Seton Hall recruiting target who was deemed not Big East quality by the Bobby Gonzalez coaching staff. After earning Big East Freshman of the Week, Mr. Melvin has the last laugh.
Just like in previous match ups, DePaul should not be taken lightly. They were not an easy out for the Pirates last season, and don't expect them to be tonight.
Seton Hall has dropped its last three games to opponents with a current combined record of 44-3 overall and 7-1 in BIG EAST Conference play. Despite a strong defensive effort, the Pirates are coming off a 61-56 loss to #4 Syracuse on Saturday. Seton Hall's front court had a monster game as Herb Pope recorded 14 points and 20 rebounds while Jeff Robinson had 17 points and 14 rebounds. Jeff Robinson leads the team with 12.5 points per game among actives.
DePaul plays the second game of a three-game BIG EAST homestand against the Seton Hall Pirates on Wednesday night at Allstate Arena. The Blue Demons came up on the short end of a 67-65 score against West Virginia to open the homestand on Jan. 4 and host No. 10/9 Connecticut on Jan. 15 to conclude the three-game set. The Blue Demons and Pirates are scheduled for an 8 p.m. start at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.