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Seton Hall’s length can be the difference in 2019

With the Seton Hall men’s basketball season finally underway, there are bound to be questions. The media continues to guess on which teams will be Final Four bound each preseason, yet they still never get it right. Look at who most of the ‘experts’ picked to reach Minneapolis last season. Very few had Texas Tech, who eventually made a National Championship Game run, there. But in South Orange, there’s one factor that opposing coaches, broadcasters and fans will never have to guess on – the team is freakishly big.


ITA Regionals allow women’s tennis to prepare for spring season

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>The fall season is almost over for the Seton Hall women’s tennis team with one final tournament to prepare them for the spring portion. The meat of the team’s schedule is from late January to mid-April, where the Pirates will play in 19 different matches, including the Big East Championship. The fall season serves more as a tune up for what is to come, but it is still important, as it shortens the offseason and makes sure that players will be as rusty when it comes time for the grueling spring season. The Pirates performed well in their first two matches of the season with sophomore Regina Pitts winning the “A” singles tournament at the Navy Invitational. [caption id="attachment_28830" align="aligncenter" width="838"] Photo via SHU Athletics[/caption] The ITA Northeast Regional provided a different type of challenge for the Pirates. Melody Taal, Hermehr Kaur, and Pitts were all fortunate enough to represent the Pirates at this invitational hosted in West Point, N.Y. 38 teams in total competed in the event which was held last week. Of the Pirates represented, Pitts had the best showing, after winning her first round match over Mouna Bouzgarrou of NJIT, 6-4, 6-1, before being narrowly upended by Fordham’s Arina Taluyenko 6-4, 6-4. Taal also held her own, but couldn’t break through, against Valeria Deminova, also of Fordham. Meanwhile, Kaur competed with Pitts in doubles in an exciting and well fought battle, just barely falling to a duo from Niagara, 8-7 (6). “It’s really exciting to get into that tournament, because you’re playing with some of the best players from not even just the Big East, but a bunch of different schools,” Pitts said. This tournament will undoubtedly not only serve as not only a great experience for those involved but also as a confidence builder that they can compete at a high level for the remainder of the season. “Obviously [we want] to win Big East,” Pitts said. “We were so close last year. I don’t think we performed at the level we thought we were going to at the actual tournament, so with the new players, I think we’ll be well prepared.” Mat Mlodzinski can be reached at Find him on Twitter @Mlodzinski_15.


Seahawks QB Russell Wilson at the top of the NFL MVP race

We’ve finally hit the mid-way point in the NFL season. The trading block is open, teams are separating from each other, and above all the MVP race is officially on. Often known as an award just handed to the quarterback of the team with the best record, this year there are some running backs sprinkled in among the signal callers. And with no clear cut favorite, this race might not be won until week seventeen.


Ranking the NFL’s remaining undefeated teams

The 2019 edition of the National Football League is underway, and after three weeks, there are still seven teams who remain unbeaten. This list includes the obvious in the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, but also some surprises in the San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills. Mathematically, these franchises have the best chances to make the playoffs, and with wins in week four, albeit aren’t locks, but make great cases to play in January. Regardless, there needs to be some type of hierarchy.

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