Saturday, November 13, 2010

Cornell at Seton Hall Preview Articles

Below, some Cornell at Seton Hall previews, including a scouting report from the Ithaca Journal.

Scouting Seton Hall

By Brian Delaney
Ithaca Journal

Not including Friday's results

Matchup: Cornell at Seton Hall, Noon, Sunday.

Radio: WVBR (93.5). TV: SNY. Online: Follow Brian Delaney's in-game updates on twitter (@BDelaneyIJ) at

Coach: Kevin Willard (first season).

Seton Hall in 2009-10: Seton Hall finished 19-13, and was considered one of the last teams left out of the NCAA tournament. After the season, Bobby Gonzalez, a Binghamton North High graduate, was fired as coach.

Recent history: Seton Hall ended Cornell's 21-game home winning streak last November in an 89-79 victory. Jeremy Hazell scored 33 points.

Probable starters: Herb Pope (6-8, 236 lbs., Jr., F), Jeff Robinson (6-6, 230, Jr., F), Eniel Polynice (6-5, 220, Sr., G), Jeremy Hazell (6-5, 188, Sr., G), Jordan Theodore (6-0, 174, Jr., G).

Outlook: Seton Hall opened its season Friday night at No. 22 Temple. The Pirates have a lot of quality pieces but have lacked intangibles such as chemistry and character. It's Willard's task to fix the latter, and blend a senior-laden roster filled with former transfers into an NCAA tournament team.

Hazell is a pure scorer. He's got a quick release on the perimeter. Robinson and reserve Keon Lawrence didn't play against Cornell last season, joining the team later in the season.

Cornell will likely pack into a zone, force the Pirates to shoot from the perimeter, focus on defensive rebounding and use a lot of screen action offensively to make Seton Hall work. If Chris Wroblewski doesn't play (ankle sprain), the point guard responsibilities will fall once again to sophomore Miles Asafo-Adjei. Considering the returning personnel on both sides, this should be a difficult challenge for Cornell. Playing the Pirates close would be a good measure of progress. A game that gets away from the Big Red is the more likely result.

* Seton Hall Game Notes Supplement
* Original Game Notes Package

Game #2: Cornell at Seton Hall
Tip off: Sunday, Nov. 14, at 12:00 p.m.
Site: The Prudential Center (9,900), Newark, N.J.
2010-11 Records: Cornell (1-0, 0-0 Ivy League); Seton Hall (0-1, 0-0 Big East)
Series Record: Seton Hall leads 3-0
Last Meeting: Seton Hall won 89-79, November 20, 2009 in Ithaca, N.Y.

Cornell head coach Bill Courtney is in his first season at Cornell (1-0, 1.000) ... Courtney became the fifth Robert E. Gallagher ‘44 Coach of Men’s Basketball at Cornell on April 23, 2010.

• After opening the 2010-11 season with a gritty 65-61 win to give first-year head coach Bill Courtney his first collegiate coaching win, Cornell will face a bigger challenge against Seton Hall.
• The Pirates handed Cornell one of its five losses a season ago as the Big Red eventually made a run to the NCAA Sweet 16 and finished 29-5.
• Cornell won its first game despite missing injured point guard Chris Wroblewski, a consensus preseason first-team All-Ivy selection and the squad’s only returning starter.
• Seton Hall and new head coach Kevin Willard will be out for their first win of 2010-11 campaign after dropping a 62-56 decision at No. 22 Temple on Friday evening.

• Cornell is 73-21 in the last four seasons (.777).
• The Big Red is 38-4 in its last 42 Ivy League contests over the last three years (.905).
• The team is 21-5 in its last 26 games away from Newman Arena (.808) and 16-4 in its last 20 true road games (.800).
• Cornell is 41-3 over its last 44 home games (.905), 24-1 in the last two seasons (.960) and 36-2 in the last three years (.947). The team’s current 11-game home streak is the second-longest in school history.
• In non-conference games, the Big Red is 35-17 over the last three seasons (.673).

SEASON OPENERS: The Big Red improved its all-time record in season openers to 73-41 all-time (.640). Cornell has won six consecutive openers after its 65-61 victory at Albany on Friday, and is now 12-19 on the road to open a year, 53-16 at home and 8-6 in neutral site/unknown site games.

WHAT RETURNS WITHOUT WROBO: While the numbers overall are staggering for any basketball team, without Chris Wroblewski, who missed the season opener, Cornell has gone from one of the most experienced teams in the country last year to one of the least this season. In the opener against Albany, Cornell’s active roster members had combined for 456 points, 377 rebounds and 108 assists in 229 varsity contests (3 starts). Those are averages of 2.0 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.

CORNELL BEYOND THE ARC — LOOKING FOR 600: After hitting 10 treys against Albany in a 65-61 victory over the Great Danes on Friday, Cornell has now hit at least one 3-pointer in 599 consecutive games, meaning if it hits one against Seton Hall, that stretch will hit 600 consecutive games. The last time Cornell did not hit a 3-pointer was against Denison in the 1988-89 season opener (0-for-2). Since the 3-point shot came into effect in NCAA play during the 1986-87 season, Cornell has hit at least one shot behind the arc in 649 of 653 games, connecting on 3,961 treys, an average of 6.07 per game. Cornell has set records for treys in a season in each of the previous three years, going from 228 in 2007-08 to 241 in 2008-09 and to 326 a year ago. The Big Red hit for double figures in 3-pointers 18 times in 2009-10, including an Ivy League single-game record 20 vs. Brown.

COURTNEY WINS OPENER: When Cornell head coach Bill Courtney earned his first collegiate coaching victory with a 65-61 victory, he became the first Big Red mentor to win his first game on the sidelines since Scott Thompson’s 1996-97 team knocked off Buffalo at home, 70-62. First-year coaches at Cornell now have an 11-10 record in their first games for the Big Red.

WIRE ALMOST CAPTURES RARE DOUBLE: Senior Adam Wire made a bid for his first career double-double with 11 rebounds and a career-high eight assists. No Cornell player has ever recorded a double-double of assists and rebounds.

FERRY BOMBS AWAY: Junior guard Drew Ferry scored 12 points in his first game at Cornell and will be looked to for scoring throughout the season. He attempted 15 shots, including 12 beyond the 3-point arc in the win over Albany. The 12 3-point attempts ranks 17th in a single game by a Big Red player (record: 19 by Ryan Wittman at Syracuse in 2008-09).

GRAY STEPS UP: Sophomore Johnathan Gray, who joined the team mid-year in 2009-10 after serving the first half of the season as a team manager, came off the bench to score the first points of his career with a 3-pointer just over five minutes left in the first half against Albany. Two minutes later, he hit a second that tied the game after the Big Red had trailed by 12 early. He added two more treys in the second half to register 12 points.

• Junior guard Drew Ferry, a transfer from Valparaiso by way of Palm Beach State College, had a career-high 12 points. His previous Division I high was seven points for Valpo against Detroit on Feb. 13, 2009.
• Making their first collegiate starts were sophomore guard Miles Asafo-Adjei and senior guard Max Groebe, senior forward Aaron Osgood and sophomore forward Errick Peck.
• Senior Adam Wire registered his second career 10-rebound game with 11 boards and added a career-best eight assists.
• Osgood, a career 69 percent shooter entering the season, made 6-of-7 field goals for a career-high 14 points.
• Groebe matched his career-best with 15 points, a mark he has hit twice previously.
• Sophomore Johnathan Gray, who attempted just two shots as a freshman walk-on, made four 3-pointers for a career-high 12 points.
• In his first collegiate game, freshman Dwight Tarwater had five points, an assist and a steal in 13 minutes.
• Freshman Manny Sahota also earned his first career playing time.
• As a team, Cornell hit 10 3-pointers. The Big Red reached double figures in treys 18 times a season ago, a school record.
• The victory was Cornell’s first season-opening road victory since ... well, last year. The Big Red knocked off Alabama 71-67 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Prior to that, Cornell had two other season-opening wins come on the road, topping Buffalo 78-72 to open the 2002-03 campaign and dropping Northwestern 64-61 to begin the 2006-07 season.
• Cornell has won 10 of its last 11 games decided by 10 points or less, with the only loss coming at then-No. 1 Kansas (71-66 on Jan. 6, 2010).
• The Big Red extended its road win streak to six games with the win over the Great Danes.
• Cornell is 5-1 against teams from New York over the last two seasons with the victory, including 3-1 on the road.
• The Big Red is now 15-2 in its last 17 non-conference games.

SETON HALL Game Notes - Cornell 11/14/10 (.pdf)

CORNELL (1-0) at SETON HALL (0-1)
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Prudential Center - Newark, N.J.

Seton Hall is coming off a 62-56 season-opening loss to #22 Temple in Philadelphia on Friday. It marked the first time since the 2001-02 season that the Pirates started their season on the road. Senior Jeremy Hazell was the only Pirate in double-figures in scoring. He finished with 17 points. Seton Hall comes back to the Prudential Center for their home opener vs. Cornell. The Pirates have never lost a home opener at the Prudential Center.

The Big Red travel to Newark on the heels of a victory in their season-opener on Friday. Cornell defeated Albany, 65-61. Max Groebe, scored a team-high 15 points in the win. As a team, the Big Red are coming off one of the most successful seasons in the program's history. Last year, they went 29-5, won another Ivy League Championship, made the NCAA Tournament and upset both #5 Temple and #4 Wisconsin to reach the Sweet-16 as a #12 seed. Bill Courtney takes over as head coach for Steve Donahue who left for Boston College in the offseason.

TV: SNY - Kevin Burkhardt & Norm Roberts

RADIO: 77 WABC - Gary Cohen & Dave Popkin
WSOU 89.5 FM - Jason Guerette & Bryce Vorters


Seton Hall is hosting Cornell in their 2010-11 season home opener on Nov. 14. The Pirates are 90-8 all-time in home openers. Their last loss came to Richmond at the start of the 2004-05 season. Seton Hall is a perfect 3-0 in home openers at Prudential Center.

Last season, Jeremy Hazell erupted for 33 points against the Big Red in an 89-79 victory in Ithaca. Jordan Theodore added which was then a career-high 20 points. Herb Pope had 11 points and 12 rebounds. The Pirates were able to defeat the Big Red who would go on to defeat both Temple and Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament en route to a Sweet-16 berth.

Senior Jeremy Hazell scored a game-high 17 points in the Pirates season-opener at #22 Temple. The All-America candidate was 6-for-15 from the floor including 2-for-5 from three-point range. Hazell also pulled down four rebounds and recorded two steals.

This is will be only the fourth time in history that Seton Hall and Cornell have played. Seton Hall has won all three prior meetings, including an 89-79 victory in Ithaca, N.Y. last season. By winning that game, the Pirates snapped Cornell's 21-game home win streak, which had been fifth longest in the nation.

LAST 3 GAMES (Seton Hall 3-0)

Date, Score, Location
Nov. 20, 2009, SETON HALL 89, Cornell 79, Ithaca, N.Y.
Dec. 29, 1992, SETON HALL 75, Cornell 59, East Rutherford, N.J.
Dec. 21, 1942, SETON HALL 29, Cornell 28, South Orange, N.J.

Despite a furious late-game rally, the Seton Hall men's basketball team fell to #22 Temple, 62-56, in their 2010-11 season-opener, Nov. 12. The Owls led as many as 16 points with just 4:16 remaining in regulation, but the Pirates finished the game with a 12-2 run that saw Temple's lead dwindle to just four at 60-56 with 20 seconds remaining. Senior Jeremy Hazell led Seton Hall with 17 points and was the only Pirate to finish in double-figures in scoring. Junior Herb Pope finished with five points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Freshman Fuquan Edwin made both his collegiate and starting lineup debut in Seton Hall's season-opener at Temple. The 6-foot-6 swing man scored six points and grabbed two rebounds in 19 minutes of action.

Senior Jamel Jackson came off the bench to score eight points in only 11 minutes at Temple on Nov. 12. Proving his ability to supply instant offense, the long-distance sharp-shooter was 2-for-3 from three-point range including a late three-pointer during Seton Hall's rally.

The Pirates will be a part of the eight-team field at the 2011 Charleston Classic set to be held, Nov. 17-20, at Carolina First Arena in Charleston, S.C. In addition to the Pirates, participating schools include: Baylor, Georgia Tech, LSU, Saint Joseph's, Tulsa, Virginia Commonwealth and Western Kentucky. The 2011 Charleston Classic, a bracket-format tournament, will feature 12 games over the three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated will face off in the championship Sunday, Nov. 20.

Seton Hall forced 20 turnovers and committed only five as the Pirates defeated William Paterson, 97-55, in exhibition action on Nov. 5. Junior Herb Pope scored 16 points and pulled down a game-high 20 rebounds. Freshman Fuquan Edwin also impressed in his debut in a Pirates uniform with 15 points, five rebounds and four steals. Jeremy Hazell (16 points), Ferrakohn Hall (13 points) and Jeff Robinson (11 points) also scored in double figures.

Seton Hall has an all-time record of 35-20 against current teams from the Ivy League. Since a 61-59 loss at Princeton in 1987, the Pirates have gone 11-0 against Ivy League teams. Last season, Seton Hall defeated Cornell, 89-79. The only teams Seton Hall has a losing record against all-time is Columbia (8-11) and Dartmouth (3-4). This is Seton Hall's fourth game all-time against Cornell.

Senior Jeremy Hazell was selected as a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in basketball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

Junior Jordan Theodore is on the cusp of becoming the 106th player in Seton Hall history to join the 500-Point Club. The 6-foot, point guard has 492 career points entering the season. Junior Herb Pope (372 points) and senior Jeff Robinson (298 points should also join The Club this season.

Senior Jeremy Hazell was named to the 2010-11 Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team. A two-time All-BIG EAST honoree, Hazell is the conference's active leader in points, points per game average, three-pointers made, steals and steals average.

Senior Jeremy Hazell was named to The John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list as announced by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor. Only six other BIG EAST players were on the list.

Seton Hall legend Shaheen Holloway returns this year as the Pirates' Associate Head Coach for his third stint with the Seton Hall men's basketball team. A three-time All-BIG EAST performer, he's the Pirates' all-time leader in assists and captained the 2000 team to a birth in the NCAA Sweet-16 as a senior. After graduation, Holloway played professionally in Europe before returning to Seton Hall for one year in 2006 as a member the men's basketball staff. In 2007, he joined Kevin Willard's staff as an assistant coach at Iona College where he has remained for the last three seasons.

Freshman Fuquan Edwin was the first to sign a letter of intent in this recruiting class. The Paterson, N.J. native is a 6-foot-6 swing man with strong natural scoring ability. He was named the 2010 North Jersey Player of the Year and First Team All-State for his performance at Paterson Catholic.

Two members of Coach Willard's first recruiting class will provide a distinct international flavor this year. Patrik Auda is a 6-foot-9 forward from Brno, Czech Republic and Aaron Geramipoor is a 6-foot-11 center from Manchester, England. Both played at the Canarias Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands. The left-handed Auda is considered to have a strong all-around game and is a good three-point shooter. Geramipoor possesses strong low-post moves and was the starting center on England's under-18 national team.

Freshman Anali Okoloji will also provide depth in the 2010-11 frontcourt. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 25 points, 11 rebounds and six assists per game at Florida's Impact Basketball Academy. Okoloji is a Brooklyn, N.Y. native.

Junior Herb Pope became the first Seton Hall player in history to finish the regular season as the BIG EAST leader in rebounds per game. The Aliquippa, Pa. native pulled down 11.1 rebounds per game in conference play, which was more than a rebound and a half ahead of the second place individual (Greg Monroe, 9.3 rpg).

In only three seasons, senior Jeremy Hazell is at the top of the career lists for three-pointers. He is already Seton Hall's all-time leader in three-pointers attempted and currently ranks second behind only Terry DeHere with 283 three-pointers made. Furthermore, in terms of single-season records, Hazell ranks first, second and sixth on Seton Hall's all-time single-season three-pointers attempted list and first, fourth and 11th on its all-time made list. He needs only 33 more made three-pointers to have his name atop all four prestigious lists.

Seton Hall is predicted to finish 11th in the 16-team BIG EAST Conference. Pittsburgh is the choice to win the 2010-11 BIG EAST men's basketball regular-season crown in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Panthers, who finished 25-9 overall and tied for second place in the conference at 13-5 last season, collected 12 first-place votes from the head coaches who did not place their own teams on their ballots. Villanova follows Pitt in the poll in second place. The Wildcats had 208 points which included one first-place vote. Syracuse, last year's regular-season league champion, was picked third. The Orange corralled a pair of first-place votes and a total of 187 points in the poll.

Georgetown guard Austin Freeman was named 2010-11 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year by a vote of the league's head men's basketball coaches. Syracuse freshman Fab Melo was chosen BIG EAST Preseason Rookie of the Year. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players. In addition to Freeman, the Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team includes two members from last year's All-BIG EAST Second Team and two from the All-BIG EAST Third Team. All five hail from the New York Metropolitan area, including three from the Bronx, N.Y. Pittsburgh's Ashton Gibbs, Seton Hall's Jeremy Hazell, Connecticut's Kemba Walker, Villanova's Corey Fisher and West Virginia's Kevin Jones make up the First Team. The Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team includes Georgetown's Chris Wright, Notre Dame's Tim Abromaitis, St. John's D.J. Kennedy, Marquette's Jimmy Butler and Syracuse's Kris Joseph.

More than half of the 144 regular-season BIG EAST Conference men's basketball games will be seen on national television in the 2010-11 season, giving BIG EAST teams unprecedented exposure on the nation's leading television outlets as the league announced its composite schedule of conference games. In total, 73 of the 144 regular-season BIG EAST games will be on national television (either on CBS Sports, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU). Each of the BIG EAST's 16 teams will make at least five national television appearances in conference games alone. The remaining conference games will be produced by ESPN Regional Television for the BIG EAST Network or carried on The 2010-11 season will be the fourth straight in which all 144 regular-season league games will be televised. Additionally, at least 40 games non-conference games will receive national exposure. Forty-five conference contests will be carried on ESPN or ESPN2. ESPNU, which has increased its reach to over 73 million homes, will carry at least 24 league games. CBS Sports will televise 10 more games involving BIG EAST teams. ESPN will continue to televise The BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters from Madison Square Garden in New York.

The fourth annual DIRECTV SEC/BIG EAST Invitational will be held Dec. 8 and 11 in Louisville and Pittsburgh, ESPN Regional Television announced. The two-night men's college basketball event begins with a doubleheader Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Freedom Hall in Louisville, featuring Arkansas vs. Seton Hall at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2, followed by Kentucky vs. Notre Dame at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN. On Saturday, Dec. 11, at the brand new CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Rutgers will take on Auburn on ESPN2, followed by Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee on ESPN. Three of the SEC teams - Kentucky, Tennessee and Auburn - will play in the event for the second time, while Arkansas and all four BIG EAST teams are making their first SEC/BIG EAST Invitational appearances. The BIG EAST holds a 7-5 record in the first three years of the DIRECTV SEC/BIG EAST Invitational.

Last season Seton Hall was 13-5 at Prudential Center and is 35-17 all-time in the building. Furthermore, Seton Hall is 14-13 all-time at Prudential Center against BIG EAST opponents.

Seton Hall University has been named a host institution for the Regional Round of the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. In conjunction with Seton Hall serving as host, the Prudential Center will be the competition venue for two games of the regional semifinals on March 25, 2011 and the regional final on March 27, 2011. It will mark the first time the City of Newark has hosted the event. It is the first time Seton Hall has hosted a round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship since 1999.

Overall, at least 22 of the Pirates' 30 regular season games will be televised with nine games on national television. Seton Hall's games at the 2010 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam may be carried by Fox College Sports and Fox Sports Net. The Pirates' only two non-televised home games, Longwood (12/13) and NJIT (12/19), will be streamed live via the Pirates Sports Network at

For the eighth consecutive year, play- by-play voice Gary Cohen and color analyst Dave Popkin will team up to call all the Pirates' action. 77 WABC will serve as the flagship station for Pirates Basketball and will air all weekend games over their 50,000 watt clear channel signal. Weekday games will be aired throughout New York City and New Jersey on AM 1600 WWRL, Classic Oldies WMTR 1250 AM, 1160 WOBM-AM and WADB 1310 AM. Pirate fans outside of the radio market can tune in to hear Seton Hall basketball live on, the official website of Seton Hall University Athletics.

Shaheen Holloway and Dan McHale, who were assistant coaches under Willard at Iona, have joined him at Seton Hall. Holloway returns as the Pirates' new associate head coach, while McHale is an assistant coach. Chris Pompey, formerly an assistant coach at New Mexico State, is also an assistant at Seton Hall. Stephen Sauers, who was the Pirates' director of basketball operations from 2006-08, returns in that capacity for Seton Hall this season. Grant Billmeier and Casey Stanley are coordinators of basketball operations. Khyl Farrison follows Willard to Seton Hall from Iona as strength & conditioning coach, while Ryan Whalen was tabbed to serve as video assistant.

Seton Hall is in their third year at the Prudential Center with 10 sellouts under its belt. The Pirates had five sellouts in year one and three more last season. Seton Hall has sold out each of the first two BIG EAST Conference games so far this season. This year, Seton Hall has 17 home games including marquee match-ups against West Virginia, Syracuse, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Marquette and in-state, arch-rival Rutgers.

Terry Dehere is Seton Hall's all-time leading scorer with 2,494 points. Senior Jeremy Hazell just passed the legendary Walter Dukes and is currently in eighth place all-time with 1,806 career points. With at least 30 games on the schedule remaining this season, he would need to average 23.0 points per game to pass the Pirates' great. In total, he needs 689 points.

A transfer from the University of Mississippi, Eniel Polynice received a waiver from the NCAA that has allowed him to play immediately for the Pirates and not have to sit out a year per standard transfer regulations. The 6-foot-5 guard graduated from Ole Miss earlier this year with one year of eligibility remaining. Because the University of Mississippi does not offer a graduate degree in his field of study (communications), Polynice was granted the ability to pursue additional education without penalty at an institution that does offer his preferred graduate program. Polynice was a member of the Rebels' program for four years, but was a medical redshirt during the 2008-09 season following knee surgery. He has played in 102 games and made 65 starts while averaging 7.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. A member of the UMAA Academic Honor Roll, Polynice is one of only three players in Ole Miss history to record over 700 career points, 300 rebounds and 300 assists.

If Jeremy Hazell can average at least 20 points per game this season, he'll join only Nick Werkman as Pirates who have averaged at least 20 points per game in three different seasons. Currently, Hazell is one of just five Pirates (Werkman, Greg Tynes, Ken House and Dick Gaines) to have averaged at least 20 points per game for two seasons.


2010 Paradise Jam
Friday, Nov. 19, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m.
UVI Center
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

TV: None
Live Audio Stream:
Radio: Seton Hall Radio Network* / WSOU 89.5 FM
*AM 1600 WWRL, WMTR 1250 AM, 1160 WOBM-AM and WADB 1310 AM

NOTEBOOK: Seton Hall will head to the 2010 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam for three games beginning Friday, November 14 with Alabama. The Pirates will then play either the winner or loser of the Iowa / Xavier matchup on Nov. 20 or 21. Seton Hall will play a third game with their opponent TBD on Nov. 22. The Pirates are 0-2 all-time vs. Alabama. The Crimson Tide are coming off a 17-15 season and did not participate in postseason play. Among those returning for second year coach Anthony Grant is junior forward JaMychal Green who led averaged 14.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season.

Blogging The Bracket: College Basketball Viewer's Guide For November 14

"Cornell at Seton Hall, 12 p.m. ET (Big East Network/ESPN3): The Pirates beat the Big Red by 16 last season, but the roster for this Cornell squad isn't quite as experienced as the 2009-10 version. However, the defending Ivy champs did begin their season with a roaring comeback win over Albany, something the Pirates couldn't accomplish, as they fell to Temple by 6 in their opener."

Star Ledger: Seton Hall Game Day: Pirates will try to get better handle on offense against Cornell

Seton Hall vs. Cornell
Today, Noon
Prudential Center
Radio: WABC 770-AM; WSOU 89.5 FM

Seton Hall Probables

G Jordan Theodore: 7.0 pts., 2.0 reb., 3.0 ast.
G Jeremy Hazell: 17.0 pts., 4.0 reb., 1.0 ast.
G Fuquan Edwin: 6.0 pts., 2.0 reb., 0.0 ast.
F Jeff Robinson: 6.0 pts., 6.0 reb., 0.0 ast.
F Herb Pope: 5.0 pts., 8.0 reb., 1.0 ast.

Cornell Probables

G Max Groebe: 14.0 pts., 5.0 reb., 1.0 ast.
G Andrew Ferry: 12.0 pts., 1.0 reb., 2.0 ast.
F Errick Peck: 3.0 pts., 1.0 reb., 0.0 ast.
F Aaron Osgood: 14.0 pts., 5.0 reb., 1.0 ast.
C Adam Wire: 2.0 pts., 11.0 reb., 8.0 ast.


It’s a high-scoring game

Judging by the Pirates’ comments after Friday’s loss against Temple, it seems they’re still getting the hang of the offense under coach Kevin Willard. That likely means that if this game starts to get on a run in terms of scoring, Seton Hall could find itself back in a comfortable position.


3-pointers are dropping

Last year with Ryan Wittman at the forefront, Big Red was almost strictly a long-range team. This year doesn’t seem to be much different, as Cornell dropped 10 of its 28 3-point attempts Friday night in a four-point victory over Albany. That’s the type of game this team feels at home playing.


Seton Hall’s aggressiveness around the rim

Against Temple, the Pirates consistently did something that was very uncharacteristic — they were tentative around the basket. There were a lot of shots that were finessed, rather than being authoritatively put in. That’s something Seton Hall didn’t have any trouble with last season. You’d have to think Kevin Willard stressed that Saturday in practice.

History: Seton Hall leads series, 3-0
Last game:
Seton Hall 89-79, Nov. 20, 2009

Memorable matchup: Last season
In hostile territory against the defending Ivy League champs — and future Sweet 16 Big Red team — the Pirates went on the road for the first time and walked out with an impressive victory.

The Pirates will try to rebound, both literally and figuratively, as they welcome the Cornell Big Red into town for their home opener this afternoon.

Seton Hall @ #22 Temple, 7:30PM
Prudential Center
, Newark, NJ
Opening Line: Seton Hall -13.5
Television: SNY
: WSOU 89.5 FM
Twitter @SOrangeJuice @JPGuerette @JohnLopiano

Projected Starting Five: G-Theodore, G-Hazell, SF-Polynice, PF-Robinson, F/C-Pope

From SHU Athletics:

Seton Hall is hosting Cornell in their 2010-11 season home opener on Nov. 14. The Pirates are 90-8 all-time in home openers. Their last loss came to Richmond at the start of the 2004-05 season. Seton Hall is a perfect 3-0 in home openers at Prudential Center.

Cornell Athletics:

• The Pirates handed Cornell one of its five losses a season ago as the Big Red eventually made a run to the NCAA Sweet 16 and finished 29-5.
• Cornell won its first game despite missing injured point guard Chris Wroblewski, a consensus preseason first-team All-Ivy selection and the squad's only returning starter.

Piratz of

They also won their first ever NCAA Tournament game. Then they did something even greater. They won a second. All leading to a memorable run to the Sweet Sixteen, the first Ivy League program to advance that far in over 30 years (Pennsylvania, 1979). However, Cornell's miraculous run was driven by a special trio of Seniors - the team's top 3 scorers - who have since graduated.

Ithaca Journal via Cornell Basketball Blog:

Cornell will likely pack into a zone, force the Pirates to shoot from the perimeter, focus on defensive rebounding and use a lot of screen action offensively to make Seton Hall work. If Chris Wroblewski doesn't play (ankle sprain), the point guard responsibilities will fall once again to sophomore Miles Asafo-Adjei. Considering the returning personnel on both sides, this should be a difficult challenge for Cornell. Playing the Pirates close would be a good measure of progress. A game that gets away from the Big Red is the more likely result.

The Big Red are coming off a 65-61 victory in their home opener Friday at Albany:

With a trip to Seton Hall set for Sunday, getting a win in adverse conditions was about the best thing that could happen to a team rebuilding from the departure of a highly successful eight-man senior class. Wroblewski didn't play, and Peck struggled to a three-point night because of what Courtney attributed to nerves and foul trouble. "I think it's just good for our confidence," Groebe said. "We didn't play well at all, and we came out with a win."

Check back for the half-time and post-game notes along with our insights from our staff writers following the action!

As always, Lets Go Hall!

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