What a turnaround week it has been for the Seton Hall Pirates. They have now won 3 straight games against Big East opponents DePaul, Providence, and St Johns. Kevin Willard and his team have got to be feeling a lot better following their 4-game losing streak, and with some fans wondering if the Pirates season was taking a turn for the worse. Well, thankfully for those SHU fans, this is not the case. The Hall has shown a great deal of improvement over the past week which was badly needed.
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Winning on the road is tough in any conference, but especially the Big East. Seton Hall battled out two tough road wins this week, over the red hot St. Johns Red Storm, and a strong Providence Friars team (they both have wins over Top 5 Villanova). The Pirates were able to beat Providence despite losing top scorer, Desi Rodriguez to an ankle injury he suffered while slipping on a wet court. The game was postponed with just over 13 minutes left in the second half due to “unsafe conditions” at the Dunkin Donuts Center. So, it actually took them two days to beat Providence, the game initially started Wednesday evening but was ultimately finished Thursday afternoon at Alumni Hall on PC’s campus.
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What the Pirates have proven over this three game winning streak is that they are able to face adversity and overcome it. They are not a team that will give up easily, and when things are not connecting right away, they look to improve from one possession to the next. Coach Willard has done a nice job with his rotation recently as well, giving guys like Myles Cale and Jordan Walker a chance to come in off the bench and provide a spark for the team.
As of now, things look to be clicking for the team. Khadeen Carrington has been playing to his potential (dropping 22 and 25 points respectively in his last two games). Angel Delgado continues to do his thing – double-doubles. Ismael “Ish” Sanogo chips in with superb defense as well as some timely offense of late. Myles Powell, despite shooting poorly against St. John’s, has been able to make up for it by grabbing rebounds and finding open teammates, and Cale, has done a great job trying to make up for the loss of the injured Rodriguez.
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Seton Hall is starting to look like the team they were in the beginning of the season. Playing together, playing smarter, and utilizing their roles to the fullest. As I have stated in past articles here, the Pirates have the talent and ability to play with any team, anywhere in the country. When they are all healthy and playing to their potential, this Seton Hall squad is very dangerous. They will have to be all of the above for their next game, Wednesday evening at the Prudential Center against the Villanova Wildcats.
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