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Live Game Thread - #24 Seton Hall Pirates (15-2, 4-1) @ South Florida Bulls (9-8, 2-2) - 7:00PM (ESPN3)

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Game #18
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(15-2, 4-1) (9-8, 2-2)
January 13th, 2012
Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, FL
Probable Starters
Jordan Theodore PG Anthony Collins
Aaron Cosby SG Shaun Noriega
Fuquan Edwin SF Hugh Robertson
Patrik Auda PF Toralyn Fitzpatrick
Herb Pope C Augustus Gilchrist

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Opening Line (Seton Hall -1.5)

The Pirates left behind the bitter New Jersey winter for sunshine, mid-70s weather, beaches and what's pictured above. Wait, no they didn't. The #24th ranked Seton Hall Pirates will look to win their fifth consecutive Big East contest on Friday night if they can block out the Tampa distractions, remain focused and counter a tough USF defense. If the rims are tight tonight, it would be in the Pirates best interest to consider lacing up their track shoes.

The Bulls will do what they can to slow the game down, utilizing the majority of the shot clock to keep the ball away from the Pirates. The last thing South Florida wants is for their opponent to control and effectively push the pace. Seton Hall is strong in transition, much of which is created from turnovers forced. That said, USF will protect the basketball and I expect them to be extra diligent this evening, full well knowing how dangerous the Pirates can be in open space. The Bulls should do a decent job at neutralizing Herb Pope, but I don't think they'll have an answer for Jordan Theodore or Fuquan Edwin. You can't fault them, not many teams have, thus far.

As always, Let's Go Hall!