Noon on a Sunday. The taste of the toothpaste has barely faded after lazing around on a Sunday morning. A nice breakfast. Extra coffee. Then right to beer. At least there’s an upside to the early game.
Seton Hall got off to a strong start in Big East play, but reality and a lack of depth have been catching up with the Pirates. They had a six game losing streak before beating Rutgers this past week. Jordan Theodore has changed his game this year. Taking more shots, attacking the basket from the point a lot more, and getting to the free throw line. His assists are also up, though, so he isn’t doing it in a selfish way. He’s just stepped up because of the limits on this team’s offense. He’s out on the floor as much as Ashton Gibbs or Tray Woodall are.
Herb Pope is still a rebounding machine, averaging a double-double. The other guy they count on for scoring is Fuquan Edwin. A good, 6-6 wing player.
Pitt, as we know, had a hideous night against South Florida. The offense never got going and the defense fell apart in the second half. Woodall took the blame for the team’s bad night, but there was plenty of blame for that one. The big concern is turnovers. Pitt got taken out of their offense by USF constantly slapping and clawing at the ball. Whether there was fouling on it or not, is irrelevant. If the officials let it go USF were right to keep doing it and Pitt had to adjust.
Seton Hall whether it was under Gonzo or now Kevin Willard are going to put pressure on the ball. They will look to force turnovers. And it is a certainty, that Pitt will turn the ball over. They just will. Pitt has done it plenty already in Big East play. It’s going to happen today. The key will be to be not let that take Pitt out of sync on the offense. Just like in the Duquesne game, be efficient and make them pay.
The game is the “Big East Regional Game of the Week,” meaning this thing is syndicated all over the place:
New York (SNY), Los Angeles (KJLA), Chicago (WCIU-DT2), Philadelphia (WPVI), Washington, D.C. (MASN), Atlanta (CSS), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. (Brighthouse), Denver, Colo. (Altitude), Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla. (WRDQ), Pittsburgh (WTAE), Charlotte, N.C. (WLNN-MTN), Indianapolis, Ind. (WHMB-DT2), Baltimore (MASN), Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (SNY-Conn.), Columbus, Ohio (WWHO), Milwaukee, Wis. (TW-WI), Cincinnati, Ohio (EKRC), San Antonio, Texas (KCWX), Las Vegas (KVMY), Harrisburg-Lancaster-York-Lebanon, Pa. (WLYH), Louisville, Ky. (WHAS), Buffalo, N.Y. (TW-Buffalo), Providence-New Bedford, R.I. (Cox-NE), Wilkes Barre-Scranton, Pa. (WQMY), Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y. (TW-Albany), Dayton, Ohio (WBDT), Lexington, Ky. (WTVQ), Green Bay-Appleton, Wis. (TW-WI2), Rochester, N.Y. (TW-Rochester), Syracuse, N.Y. (TW-Syracuse), Madison, Wis. (WMSN), South Bend-Elkhart, Ind. (WMYS), Johnstown-Altoona, Pa. (WHVL), Youngstown, Ohio (WYTV-DT2), Lansing, Mich. (WHTV), LaCrosse-Eau Claire, Wis. (KQEG), Rockford, Ill. (WTVO), Lubbock, Texas (KJTV-DT2), Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill, W.Va. (WOAY), Binghamton, N.Y. (TW-Binghamton), Wheeling-Steubenville, W.Va. (WTOV), Clarksburg-Weston, W.Va. (WVFX), Utica, N.Y. (TW-Utica), Elmira, N.Y. (TW-Elmira), Watertown, N.Y. (TW-Watertown), Parkersburg, W.Va. (WTAP-DT3)
It can also be found on ESPN FullCourt package and on ESPN3.com.
The sub-par announcing crew will be Mike Gleason and Bob Wenzel. Wenzel is the color guy who was clueless in the USF game. Be sure to brace yourself with the appropriate beverage.
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