Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Hazell's 31 Lift Pirates Over Johnnies; Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's Predictions
NEWARK — How rough was it for St. John’s on Thursday night at Seton Hall?Even the players who never took the court got abused.
As if Seton Hall’s 91-81 victory at The Prudential Center wasn’t bad enough, the Seton Hall student section mercilessly taunted injured St. John’s star Anthony Mason Jr. all night as he sat on the bench with a boot on his injured right foot. Mason Jr., who is out for the season, endured suggestions like “Put your dad in,” which was a reference to his father, Anthony Mason Sr., who starred for the Knicks a generation ago.
Read the full tale here.
And here are my predictions for how the three local teams will do the rest of the way:
***RUTGERS (10-13, 1-9 Big East)
Feb. 8 – Seton Hall – WIN
Feb. 14 at Providence – LOSS
Feb. 19 at Villanova – LOSS
Feb. 22 West Virginia – LOSS
Feb. 25 at Notre Dame – LOSS
March 1 Providence – LOSS
March 3 at Syracuse – LOSS
March 7 USF – WIN
RUTGERS PREDICTED FINAL RECORD: 12-19, 3-15
***SETON HALL (12-9, 3-6 Big East)
Feb. 8 at Rutgers – LOSS
Feb. 10 at DePaul – WIN
Feb. 14 UConn – LOSS
Feb. 17 at Marquette – LOSS
Feb. 22 at St. John’s – WIN
Feb. 25 USF – WIN
Feb. 28 Pitt – LOSS
March 4 at Louisville – LOSS
March 7 at Cincinnati – LOSS
SETON HALL PREDICTED FINAL RECORD: 15-15, 6-12
***ST. JOHN’S (12-10, 3-7 Big East)
Feb. 8 Louisville – LOSS
Feb. 11 at Cincinnati – LOSS
Feb. 14 at Marquette – LOSS
Feb. 22 Seton Hall – LOSS
Feb. 24 Syracuse – LOSS
Feb. 28 at DePaul – WIN
March 3 Georgetown – LOSS
March 6 at Notre Dame – LOSS
ST. JOHN’S PREDICTED FINAL RECORD: 13-17, 4-14
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.