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NIT Game Thread - #5 Massachusetts Minutemen (23-11) @ #1 Seton Hall Pirates (21-12) 11:00AM (ESPN)

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National Invitational Tournament - Round 2
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(23-11) (21-12)
March 17th, 2012
Walsh Gymnasium, South Orange, NJ
Probable Starters
Chaz Williams PG Jordan Theodore
Jesse Morgan SG Aaron Cosby
Terrell Vinson SF Fuquan Edwin
Raphiael Putney PF Patrik Auda
Sean Carter C Herb Pope

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Opening Line (Seton Hall -8.5)

The Seton Hall season has lasted longer than Duke and Missouri's. Ok, so that argument doesn't hold up when considering the NIT, but after a crazy opening round of the NCAA Tournament we're settling in waking up to Round 2 of the National Invitational. It's St. Patrick's Day and what better way to begin your celebrations this Saturday than with another Seton Hall postseason victory.

Winning their first NIT contest in the last 56 years, Seton Hall was able to sleep walk past a pesky Stony Brook team that missed game winning AND tying attempts allowing the Pirates to advance to weekend play. If the Pirates expect to see the quarterfinals, they'll need a 40-minute effort against a very good and high scoring (23rd) UMass team who has defeated 3 tournament teams this season. Enjoy your kegs and eggs folks and remember to get loud in Walsh!

As always, Let's Go Hall.

Pre Game Extras:

Seton Hall C Aaron Geramipoor is expected to miss his 6th straight game as he continues to battle a sports hernia.

Mississippi State signee, 2012 PG Josh Gray (Wheatley, TX), has requested a release from his LOI following the resignation of head coach, Rick Stansbury. After originally committing to the Bulldogs, Gray re-opened his recruitment and considered Seton Hall, Memphis and Houston before he ended up signing a letter of intent with Mississippi State. It's unlikely that he'd receive his release until a new coach is hired, but I'm told the Pirates will indeed reach out to Gray if and when that happens. Connecticut (and their postseason ban) is also showing interest in Gray following his request to open up his recruitment.