Ever since head coach Kevin Willard came to Seton Hall, he established a defensive identity for the team. However, the team has had its troubles on offense at times. In the past few games, it has been as obvious as ever that the Pirates have a very hard time putting the ball in the basket.
Against Louisville, the Hall shot 34.7% from the field and 25% from beyond the arc. While these numbers are understandable because it’s arguably the best team and the stingiest defense in the nation, the struggles continued.
In a home game against a very beatable Providence team, the Pirates got smacked around. They only shot 42.9% from the field and 30.8% from behind the arc. These numbers are inexcusable against the lowly Friars.
Finally, last night, Seton Hall dropped a road game to Marquette. This time, they were able to knock down nine three-pointers, but only shot 39.6% from the field.
The woes go beyond the numbers for the Pirates. Last year, they relied on the three-point shot way too much because they didn’t have a lot of natural scorers. However, they made their offense work well enough to have success. Jordan Theodore was able to create his own shot and score from anywhere on the floor. This allowed Fuquan Edwin to be the second option. Herb Pope was also an offensive juggernaut down low. All of these factors opened up things for Aaron Cosby, the fourth option, who found many open looks.
Now, things are a lot different. With no Theodore, Edwin has to carry the load, and while he’s been doing a good job, there’s hasn’t been a consistent enough scoring option behind him. Eugene Teague in the paint is serviceable but a downgrade from Pope, and more defensive focus is being paid to Cosby, making it tougher on him.
Sure, injuries have hurt. Patrik Auda, Brian Oliver, and most recently, Brandon Mobley have all missed time due to being hurt. All three of them have scoring roles for this team.
Things look bleak for Seton Hall after dropping four in a row, and they may not fully recover. However, Willard must figure out how to make this team score, or else their inefficiency will extend past this season.
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