Week 7 Progress Report: Seton Hall Pirates

Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

The ugly losses adding up while injuries and inexplicably poor performances are beginning to doom the Pirates.

Seton Hall has played just one game since their last progress report, and dropped a heartbreaker to St. Peter’s, 80-83, in overtime. That marks the Pirates’ fourth loss in a season where they have yet to face a more talented team. It doesn’t get any easier from here on out, either, as a brutal stretch in January could thrust Seton Hall well below the .500 mark by the season's end.

Story of the Week

After suffering what appeared to be a devastating injury near the end of regulation, Sterling Gibbs has been diagnosed with a hyperextended bruised knee. He’ll miss 1-2 weeks, but that’s a million times better than losing him for the season.

Gibbs has been the Hall’s leading scorer and playmaker, as well as the team’s only reliable ball-handler. With the standout redshirt sophomore now relegated to the sidelines, freshmen Jaren Sina will be left to run the offense. Sina has shown flashes of excellence at times, and has showed his youth at others.

Seton Hall is now without its two best players, as Fuquan Edwin is still out with an ankle injury.

Player of the Week

Since there just one game to work with, Brian Oliver earns this week’s honors.

Against the Peacocks, Oliver went off for 26 points on 8-15 shooting (5-9 3PT), and also sent the game to OT with a cold-blooded dagger from beyond the arc.

All of SHU’s injury problems will place a bigger portion of the offensive load upon the shoulders of the senior sharpshooter. And while he’s struggled on some nights, he’s also shown the ability to ignite the scoring attack with deadly accuracy from downtown.

Oliver is shooting over 41 percent from three-point range on the season, but will be asked to do a bit more from all areas of the floor now, since Gibbs’ injury means the departure of over 16 points a night.

Upcoming Attractions

The Hall will take on Eastern Washington on December 22 and then host Lafayette at the Prudential Center five days later. After those two should-be blowouts, the road gets pretty bumpy for the Pirates.

Providence, Creighton, #10 Villanova, Marquette, Georgetown and St. John’s will then take turns beating down on Seton Hall, presumably dropping the Pirates to a record of 9-10.

Things aren’t looking great in South Orange right now.

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