It was a rough week for Seton Hall as they dropped consecutive games to Nebraska and Saint Louis. After starting the season on a strong note, dominating Wagner at historic Walsh Gymnasium, the Pirates were unable to build off of it. In the losses, we saw the first of what will be many growing pains they will experience through the course of the season. As many people already know, the Big East Conference is stacked this year with talent on all teams.
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Not only that, but the Pirates are fairly young, and still working to build chemistry together. I want to reassure everyone that the early struggles are NOT a bad thing. Kevin Willard has openly stated that he purposely scheduled tough opponents early this season in order to make his team better and stronger for the future. This strategy will help develop the young squad which I think is essential.
I like this Pirates team a lot, I really do. I believe in their talent and the rotation Willard is going with. Anthony Nelson is a poised, play-making point guard who will only get better. In addition, Sandro Mamukelashvili has looked very much improved since last season and has now established himself as the Pirates starting center.
Myles Powell has the talent and ability to be the best player in the Big East Conference. He has now become the prime target for teams to stop. Over the past two games, I’ve noticed that teams are double teaming him more frequently, and as Willard puts it, “face guarding Myles.” This is something new to him, and the staff will work hard on finding ways to free him up. The Pirates will need to set more screens to get their best shooter and scorer the ball.
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Pirate fans, this is not a time to panic. Despite the two losses, any college basketball fan can see the potential this team has for the future. Patience is a virtue. In the meantime, Willard and his crew will look to feast on Grand Canyon University on Thanksgiving day.