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.
The last time Seton Hall played UConn, Huskies freshman Andre Drummond made news by asking reporters, “Who’s Herb Pope?”
Drummond honestly did not know who the Seton Hall senior power forward was.
Pope outplayed Drummond in that game, but now it looks like Drummond may not get a chance at the rematch because Pope is a “game-time decision” for Saturday’s game with bruised ribs suffered in Tuesday’s loss at Marquette.
“Right now Herb is sitting out because when he dove on the floor he really landed on two ribs, bruised them and it actually swolled up a little bit,” Pirates coach Kevin Willard said Thursday.
“It was his upper rib so we gotta make sure that gets down. We don’t want to keep re-aggravating that, so we’ll see how he feels. He’s definitely out of practice today, we’ll see how he feels [Friday]. If he feels better [Friday] he’ll practice and play. If not, we’ll see how he feels Saturday.”
Pope is averaging 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds on the season.
When Seton Hall beat UConn 75-63 on Jan. 3, Pope tallied 15 points and 8 rebounds and Drummond managed just 4 points and 5 rebounds.
Entering this game, Seton Hall has lost five straight while UConn has dropped four in a row.
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.