Nebraska Notebook: Seton Hall handed a “learning lesson” in Gavitt Games

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Seton Hall’s offense sputtered early and often as they crashed hard against a strong top-30 Nebraska in the Gavitt Games.

Three takeaways

It will be a work in progress, but freshman Anthony Nelson is showing a bit more promise at point guard than Quincy McKnight, who has had a rough start over his first two games. Seton Hall’s four guards ultimately didn’t gel well together and couldn’t get the offense in any sort of consistent rhythm, resulting in just three assists and 14 turnovers.

While the Pirates’ defense was solid in the first half, it ultimately couldn’t create much offense — they scored just two points off turnovers and six fast break points. Nebraska scored 16 off Hall mistakes.

Taurean Thompson was a liability. Instead of a strong big man off the bench, Thompson was -10 in five minutes with four fouls and three missed shots. He’s not off to a flying start to his Seton Hall career.

Kevin Willard quotes from AM970

On Anthony Nelson’s point guard play:He had some good stuff. With Ant (Nelson), it’s about getting his blood boiling a little bit. That’s all part of the learning curve, I knew when we did our schedule, the only game we didn’t control was this game. I never would have brought this team here, never in a million years. I don’t know why the Big East sent us out here. (jokingly) I know they don’t like me. It’s pretty safe to say I’ll never go to another league meeting again. But this is a great learning lesson for us, I think it gives us a chance to get refocused.

General statement on the team’s performance: “That was going to be a tough test for us … It was a great learning lesson for us. For me to see what we have out there. We have to get better in a lot of areas … First road game, I loved their effort, their attitude was good in huddles … For the most part, they battled and competed.”

On Taurean Thompson: “He’s got to play with a little more intensity on the offensive end, a little less carelessness … I have to figure out a way to hide him a little bit defensively and get him a little more engaged offensively. Getting him to be aggressive going towards the rim, as much as he loves to shoot it, he’s so talented when he goes towards the rim and attacks.”

On Quincy McKnight struggling: “This is Quincy’s (McKnight) first big game in a long, long time. This is Anthony’s (Nelson) first big game ever … It’s a matter of getting everyone to understand and for Myles (Powell) to understand it’s still going to come his way.”