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Seton Hall preparing for road game atmosphere against KU

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Seton Hall guard Khadeen Carrington (0) puts a shot over North Carolina State guard Allerik Freeman (12) during the second half, Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan.

Seton Hall guard Khadeen Carrington (0) puts a shot over North Carolina State guard Allerik Freeman (12) during the second half, Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan. by Nick Krug

Wichita — Playing tough road games is nothing new for Seton Hall. That’s life in the Big East, which included games at Butler, Creighton, Villanova, Xavier and Providence.

After traveling to play those NCAA Tournament teams, the Pirates plan to have the same road game, us-against-the-world approach when they play Kansas in the second round at 6:10 p.m. Saturday (TV: TBS) at Intrust Bank Arena.

“We’re in Kansas aren’t we? It’s a road game,” senior forward Ismael Sanogo said. “The NCAA did a good job of making it easier for them but we’re a tough team and we can handle it.”

The Pirates (22-11) advanced with a 94-83 victory over North Carolina State in the first round of the tournament Thursday. In true road games this season, they’ve posted a 5-6 record with victories over Louisville, Butler and Providence.

Kansas has certainly felt the home-state advantage in Wichita, drawing more than 13,000 people to an open practice on Wednesday. Intrust Bank Arena announced 14,390 people attended KU’s 76-60 win over Penn in the first round, a majority cheering for the Jayhawks.

“The fans really did a good job of getting them back in it,” Penn guard Darnell Foreman said. “You know what I mean? Their support was never wavering.”

KU coach Bill Self believes there’s some added pressure playing close to home, referencing last season’s Elite Eight loss to Oregon at Sprint Center in Kansas City — "I think the guys felt like that every fan was holding their breath every possession" he said.

The Jayhawks have a 5-0 all-time record in Wichita, winning their first NCAA Tournament game in the city since 1981 on Thursday.

“It's definitely more positive than not positive, without question,” Self said. “But I don't think it plays a huge role in certain segments of a game. But when you get rolling or you get on a little roll, it definitely gives you momentum, the fans do.”

In the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season, they picked up their first tournament win in 14 years. Minutes after playing N.C. State, most of the Seton Hall players said they were unfamiliar with Kansas and knew they would be logging several hours of watching film when they weren’t practicing.

But they are confident that they can avoid allowing the crowd to affect them in any negative way.

“It’s like you are going to another away game,” Seton Hall senior center Angel Delgado said. “We’ve been doing this for the whole year. It’s kind of easy for us to have the (road) mindset.”

Comments

Kent Richardson 1 year, 8 months ago

Matt Tait in another column today that it may be a positive that SH probably played their best game already. We see it every year and the next game is a little flat. Then maybe a team gets through the first weekend and flames out in the sweet sixteen. If a team has a weakness, and an 11 loss team surely does then they play a game that reflects that fact. Hope we get that.

I don't think we need that help because we are probably good enough even if they play well. Here we go again in that it will likely depend on our post play being just good enough to win.

Tony Bandle 1 year, 8 months ago

Random Thioughts:

1] If I was KU's opponent and Dok couldn't go, I would double on Graham straight up, cutting off his driving, passing and shooting, Face up on Newman, Svi and Lightfoot/Silvio and force Vick or Garrett to beat me!

2] Cheaters! Cheaters! Pumpkin Eaters! Bye bye, Arizona!

3] Seton Hall may have a "road mindset" but they haven't experienced an Allenesque type crowd.

4] Seven scholarship players who play plus a high school,senior......next to the National Champions, these guys are becoming one of my all time my favorite teams!

5] Every game I have taped and watched later, KU has won. Every loss KU has suffered, I have watched live. At least on Saint Patrick's day Saturday night in St. Louis, Missouri I'm sure most bars will not be showing the KU game. I'll gladly keep taking one for the team.........as long as it works, it ain't crazy!!!!!

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