Hazell’s misfortune continues. Seton Hall guard Jeremy Hazell, already out with a broken wrist, was shot on Christmas night near his home in Harlem. It’s uncertain if Hazell will return this season. A medical redshirt is certainly a possibility, Pirates coach Kevin Willard said. Seton Hall is 6-6 and hosts South Florida in its Big East opener Tuesday night.
Fordham loses game. Fordham, stuck in the city because of the blizzard, will not make up a non-league game against Georgia Tech that was scheduled for Monday night.
Something’s got to give. The Big East is absolutely loaded this season. Eight of the league’s 16 teams have one or zero losses. And seven of them are ranked. Syracuse (13-0) and Cincinnati (12-0) are undefeated. Pittsburgh (13-1), Connecticut (10-1), Georgetown (11-1), Louisville (11-1), Notre Dame (11-1) and Villanova (10-1) all have just one loss. Even Providence (11-2) and Rutgers (9-2) are off to a great start.
Of course there are some creampuffs on their schedules. But the list of quality wins is impressive nonetheless. The conference boasts wins over Memphis, Texas, Michigan State (twice), Missouri, UNLV, Butler, Gonzaga, UCLA and Kentucky.
Central Florida on the rise. We told you to keep and eye on this team. The 11-0 Knights (11-0) are ranked 19th and a team that needs to be feared. A 57-54 win over then No.16 Florida on December 1 was an eye-opener. The Knights, led by Marcus Jordan, have won five straight since win. Among those wins were triumphs over Miami and UMass. Jordan, the son of legendary Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan, is averaging 15.2 points per game.
Who is San Diego State? The 7th-ranked Aztecs (14-0) have been the surprise of college basketball this season. Early-season wins over Gonzaga and St. Mary’s got the rest of the country interested. But how good are they? We’ll find out on Jan. 12 when UNLV comes to town. They’ll be tested again at BYU on Jan. 26. If the Aztecs are still undefeated after that, look out.