Thursday, March 8, 2012

Playing The Waiting Game

For the 19th straight year, Seton Hall won't win the Big East Tournament, losing to Louisville 61-55. Now, they must wait until Sunday for their NCAA fate, but if you ask me, they're out. If they don't make it, they can just look back on their losses to Rutgers and DePaul as why they're out. If they only win one, they probably go.

Seton Hall games this season have gone one of two ways. When they hit some shots from outside, they can not just win, but dominate games (look at the games against West Virginia, UConn at home and Georgetown). And when they aren't hitting them, they have some of the most brutal offensive displays imaginable. Up until the midway point of the 2nd half, that was the game we saw, until Jordan Theodore and Herb Pope tried to rally the team back. It was a valiant effort on the seniors' part, but unfortunately, it won't be enough to impress the committee. We'll revisit this team on Sunday when the field is easier to decipher, but it doesn't look good for my alma mater.

Survive And Advance

While Seton Hall put their basketball lives on the line, South Florida avoided a crippling loss to Villanova, which would have put them right on the same level as Seton Hall, and despite beating the Pirates, the Bulls have a worse profile to stand on. Instead, they handcuffed the Wildcats like they have everyone else they've beaten in the Big East this year. Now, they get a matchup with Notre Dame which gives USF a chance to lock up a bid for the tournament if they win. A loss puts them right alongside Seton Hall and West Virginia who will be sweating it out until Sunday.

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