Saturday, February 13, 2010

Guest Contributor Ray Floriani: Notre Dame at Seton Hall

by Ray Floriani

NEWARK, NJ - Notre Dame had two looks from three point land the final possession. They missed and Seton Hall held on for a 90-87 thriller at the Prudential Center on Thursday.

In a 71 possession game, the Efficiency and Factors:

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The Defense rests? Well, if you look at the eFG and efficiency figures it appears so. Notre Dame trailed at the half 49-39 and coach Mike Brey will be the first to admit the Irish gave up too many points. They did make it a one possession game the second half and Brey noted it was because they were able to get key stops.

Seton Hall did two things that stood out defensively. They forced the Irish, who entered the game as a possession caring 14% Turnover Rate (TO%) club, into 14 turnovers and a 20% rate. Of greater significance was the Hall’s 20-5 edge in points off turnovers.

The Hall also defended Luke Harangued (25 PPG) in Big East play. Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez used fresh bodies on Harangody in the person of Jeff Robinson, John Garcia and Herb Pope. Harangody left with an ankle injury with about 5 minutes to go but could only manage 13 points on 4 of 10 shooting in 29 minutes.

Jeremy Hazell. What more can you say other than this line?


Hazell logged 36 minutes and was in the "shooter’s zone". EFF is the NBA efficiency total. Eff/Min is the minutes divided by efficiency, both numbers were very high. Brey noted that Hazell has a habit of getting the team going momentum wise with his scoring, especially at the Rock. The ND coach also noted that Hazell was coming off a tough 2 point (1 of 7 shooting) night in last week’s loss to Pitt. And the odds of a good shooter coming up with two straight subpar efforts are rare.

The free throws. Hall missed two one and ones the final minute (Pope and Keon Lawrence) and it nearly cost them. ND shot 23 of 27 from the line which greatly aided their effort to hang around. The Pirates were 12 of 19, amazingly enough the exact same numbers (63%) they posted from beyond the arc.

Final Notes.. Tory Jackson led ND with 25 points and Tim Abromatis added 18. Jackson had an outstanding second half consistently getting in the lane and knocking down four treys. Abromatis, a 6-8 junior, can work inside (he had 8 boards) and do damage on the perimeter. He was 12 of 12 from the line.

Jeff Robinson had 14 points and Gonzalez said it was a point of emphasis for the Hall to get a big man in double figures. Eugene Harvey got the starting nod at point and the Pirate senior had a very effective 9 point 10 assist 1 turnover showing in 28 minutes.

Seton Hall is 13-9, 4-7 in conference and hosts DePaul on Sunday. Notre Dame is 17-8, 6-6 and hosts St.John’s on Sunday. Brey spoke about the Red Storm’s big win over Louisville at MSG and that he is not too excited about facing them. Late breaking news is Harangody will miss Sunday’s game.

God and Notre Dame. There’s ‘Touchdown Jesus’ at South Bend and legend and lore claims ND is under the watchful divine eye of the Lord. Well a Seton Hall priest (pictured) was taking no chances. About 20 minutes prior to the game he was chatting with officials Tim Higgins (background) and Ed Hightower (right).

“If I write a book it will be ‘My Life on the Bubble’. But it’s better to be on the bubble than not.” - Notre Dame coach Mike Brey

“It was an important win especially coming off three straight losses. We made shots when we had to.” - Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez

A Seton Hall Official Providing Spiritual Guidance
to Referees Ed Hightower & Tim Higgins

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