Seton Hall Season Preview

2011-2012 Projected Starting Lineup

PG Jordan Theodore, senior
SG Freddie Wilson, freshman
SF Fuquan Edwin, sophomore
PF Herb Pope, senior
C Kevin Johnson, freshman

Key reserves: Patrik Auda, sophomore; Brandon Mobley, freshman

The 2011-2012 season will be a tough one for head coach Kevin Willard and

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his Seton Hall Pirates.

Seton Hall returns three starters from last year, but are missing its top two scorers from a season ago, Jeremy Hazell and Jeff Robinson, who combined for 31 points per game. Outside of Jordan Theodore, no returner recorded double-digits last season.

However, the Pirates return Herb Pope, one of the best rebounders in the Big East. He’s consistent on the defensive end, but he’ll need to improve on his 42 percent field goal shooting from his junior season.

Seton Hall has been a stuck in the middle of the Big East for a long time now. They are always in the middle of the pact, away from the bottom feeders, but always providing an upset or two against the powerhouses.

I think Seton Hall is taking a step back this season, but Willard signed six freshman to build on.

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DePaul Season Preview

2011-2012 Projected Starting Lineup

PG Brandon Young, sophomore
SG Jeremiah Kelly, senior
SF Tony Freeland, junior
PF Cleveland Melvin, sophomore
C Kyrs Faber, senior

Key reserves: Charles McKinney, freshman; Moses Morgan, sophomore

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Things have not been good for DePaul. Seven wins, one in the Big East, isn’t going to cut it.

But some young players did show some promising things in 2010-2011. Cleveland Melvin, with 14.3 points per game, as a freshman took home Big East Rookie of the Year honors. Along with the 6-foot-8 Melvin is fellow sophomore, Brandon Young (12.6 PPG, 3.7 APG).

Oliver Purnell, who came over from Clemson, adds a coach who has made trips to the NCAA Tournament before, but this team doesn’t look like postseason play is in its future this season.

DePaul has good cornerstones, like Melvin and Young, but they will need to have enormous contributions if DePaul is ready for a postseason birth, besides the Big East Tournament.

However, this is a talented team, Melvin could be the most underrated player

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in the conference. But still, one win in conference is a lot to overcome from a season ago. This team is good enough to win several games in conference, but not much more.

DePaul still has ways to go before they win 20 games again like in 2007.

Throwback Thursday: Chris Mullin, St. John’s

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This summer Chris Mullin got inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player. A season before he was a part of the 1992 Dream Team that made the trip to Springfield, Mass.

People forget how amazing Mullin was and how he dominated the Big East during his times at St. John’s.

He was an unreal three Big East Player of the Years and led the Johnnies to the Final Four in 1985.

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Cuse, UConn tie at top of preseason rankings

2011-12 Preseason Coaches’ Poll

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1. Connecticut (7) 209
Syracuse (5) 209
3. Louisville (3) 201
4. Pittsburgh (1) 188
5. Cincinnati 169
6. Marquette 155
7. West Virginia 132
8. Villanova 127
9. Notre Dame 114
10. Georgetown 104
11. Rutgers 75

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12. St. John’s 71
13. Seton Hall 56
14. USF 43
15. Providence 40
16. DePaul 27

courtesy of BigEast.org