Powell eyes Nova matchups, family dynamic at SHU
Apr21

Powell eyes Nova matchups, family dynamic at SHU

  Seton Hall commit Myles Powell has yet to put on a Pirates jer- sey, but he’s already dying to get a crack at one Big East rival. “The (Villanova) matchup. Most definitely,” he said at the Jordan Brand Classic on April 15 when asked what he’s looking forward to most. “’Cause they just won the national championship and I know for a fact we got them twice because they’re in the same conference as us.” Powell, a 6-foot-2-inch former...

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Warriors versus Bulls: A clash of generations
Apr13

Warriors versus Bulls: A clash of generations

  The 2015-16 Golden State Warriors will never play the 1995- 96 Chicago Bulls. Yet, somehow, this has become the NBA’s most-heated rivalry. As Stephen Curry and Co. chased the once untouchable regular-season record of 73 wins, there was little resistance, aside from a few close battles against the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder. Older fans and analysts feel the need to put everything the Warriors do under a red and black...

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Syracuse justifying NCAA Tournament berth with Final Four run
Mar30

Syracuse justifying NCAA Tournament berth with Final Four run

  When the NCAA Tournament’s field of 68 teams came out on Selection Sunday, everyone agreed: Syracuse didn’t belong. Where was Monmouth? St. Bonaventure? St. Mary’s? Valparaiso? Instead of rewarding mid-majors for taking on big dogs and beating them, the committee threw the Orange a bone. It factored in Jim Boeheim’s early-season suspension, which saw his team go 4-5 to start ACC play. “We take that into consideration, just like we...

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Gordon ready to make NCAA Tournament history
Mar17

Gordon ready to make NCAA Tournament history

  In four years of college, Derrick Gordon has worn three different uniforms – those of Western Kentucky, UMass and, finally, Seton Hall. When the No. 6-seeded Pirates take on No. 11-seeded Gonzaga on March 17, it will be their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005-06. But it will be Gordon’s third time at the Big Dance. He is the first player ever to ac- complish that feat. The senior said it best after he helped SHU defeat...

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Players catch their breath adjusting to Denver elevation
Mar16

Players catch their breath adjusting to Denver elevation

Heading into Thursday night’s showdown with No. 11-seeded Gonzaga, the No. 6-seeded Seton Hall Pirates are riding high. Unfortunately, the altitude in Denver is even higher. Colorado’s capital is exactly one mile above sea level, which means that Seton Hall will have to adjust to thinner air and more difficult breathing conditions. “I think it just takes one or two practices to get used to,” head coach Kevin Willard said during a...

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Seton Hall knocks off Xavier, advances to Big East Tournament finals
Mar12

Seton Hall knocks off Xavier, advances to Big East Tournament finals

  Madison Square Garden was still Eden for No. 3-seeded Seton Hall on Friday night against second-seeded Xavier in the semifinals of the Big East tournament. Led by Khadeen Carrington, the Pirates pulled out an 87-83 victory. For the second night in a row, Carrington was the king of New York. After dropping a career-high 27 points in an 81-73 victory over Xavier, the sophomore paced SHU with 23 points (8-of-11 from the field and...

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Willard, Wright split Big East Coach of the Year
Mar09

Willard, Wright split Big East Coach of the Year

Kevin Willard will share the award for the Big East’s best coach.

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Softball’s freshmen Texas tandem turning heads
Feb24

Softball’s freshmen Texas tandem turning heads

  Texas is known as the Lone Star State, but Seton Hall head coach Paige Smith has herself a duo. Already 10 games into the spring season, freshmen standouts and Texas natives Madison Strunk (Adkins) and Chrisa Head (Lewisville) have provided a jolt to a Pirates team that finished 25-28 and 10-10 in the Big East play a season ago. Strunk leads the staff with a 3.18 ERA and a 5-2 record. The 5-foot-10-inch righty also tops the team in...

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Pirates sweep Georgetown season series with road win
Feb18

Pirates sweep Georgetown season series with road win

  On Wednesday night in Washington, D.C., the Seton Hall men’s basketball team gutted out one of its ugliest, grittiest victories of the year. The 72-64 triumph over Georgetown gave the Pirates their ninth Big East win of 2015-16. Isaiah Whitehead continued to play like an NBA-caliber point guard. The sophomore totaled 22 points on 6-of-13 shooting to go along with five assists, three rebounds and a pair of thunderous blocks. Seton...

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Baseball heading south for season opener
Feb17

Baseball heading south for season opener

  After finishing 25-25 and 9-9 in the Big East a season ago, the Seton Hall baseball team will look to take another step forward in 2016. Right-handed starter Shane McCarthy took the conference by storm in his freshman year. The 6-foot-2-inch Fair Haven, N.J. native broke onto the scene as a full-fledged star. He was named to the 2015 Freshman All-American team after leading the Big East with a 2.19 ERA and finishing with the fewest...

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Bryant’s farewell tour getting a bit too extravagant
Feb17

Bryant’s farewell tour getting a bit too extravagant

  Kobe Bryant is retiring. He’s not dying. While his storied 20-year career deserves to be celebrated, it doesn’t have to be completely worshipped now. After the season, sure. When he makes it to the Hall of Fame, definitely. But ever since the Black Mamba announced his decision to call it quits after the 2015-16 season, the entire league has gone way overboard in adoring him. Every game is a last – Kobe’s last time at a certain...

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Knicks’ Jackson needs to expand his inner triangle
Feb10

Knicks’ Jackson needs to expand his inner triangle

Phil Jackson’s “tree” could be the downfall of the green and growing New York Knicks. The Zen Master has his guys, and he sticks with them no matter what. That’s an admirable trait in real-life, but as president of the New York Knicks, Jackson needs to expand his circle. New York fired head coach Derek Fisher on Feb. 8 after the team lost nine of its last 10 games. At the time of the dismissal, the Knicks stood at 23-31 and five games...

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