Year after program low, Seton Hall still coming to grips with NCAA fate following 90-81 win over No. 5 Xavier

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This time last year, Seton Hall was heading into the Big East Tournament losers in eight of their last nine games, carting around both a fractured locker room and a head coach in Kevin Willard who wasn’t confident he’d stick around to see another season.

Fast forward a year and Seton Hall (21-7, 11-5) has matched their highest regular season win total in over two decades and has locked up their first NCAA bid since 2006 with a commanding 90-81 win over No. 5 Xavier.

The transformation has been rapid, not without growing pains, and to the coaches and players, somewhat unbelievable.

“It’s been a long process,” reflected Kevin Willard about the past six seasons after he and his players ambushed lone senior Derrick Gordon with a Gatorade bath.

“I think you go into it [the job], you’re stupid, you’re naive, you think you’re going to do things you can’t do. But I give [athletic director] Pat Lyons credit, he could have gotten rid of me last year. I told him, ‘If you stick with me, I promise you we’re going to win next year. I trust these kids, I know these kids.’”

Less than 12 months later, Willard’s last-ditch attempt to save his job has paid off. And that’s not an overstatement: Seton Hall’s skipper obtusely admitted that he was in talks last spring with the realtor that sold him his current Westfield, New Jersey home.

The keys to Seton Hall’s success? Besides the obvious development of a talented group of freshmen into sophomores, is work ethic and the will to prove people wrong.

“I loved their attitude, their attitude at the end of the year was nothing more than coming back and proving to everybody how good they could be,” said Willard.

“Angel [Delgado], Ish [Sanogo], Khadeen [Carrington] and Isaiah [Whitehead] ended school May 14th and they started working May 17th in summer school. They took three days off. As a coach you look around and you’re in the gym with those guys every day in the summer and everybody else is at home maybe working on their game.

“Those guys, they showed up every morning at 8am, they worked out, they came back and played open gym at night and got shots up at night. As a coach, you look at that and you know you’ve got something special.”

Comparing this season to last, Willard first said that the locker room chemistry a year ago was bad (but “wasn’t as bad as everybody thought”), but that it’s much-improved this year, largely due to Derrick Gordon’s arrival.

In an effort to prevent further bleeding, Gordon, as you may remember, called a players-only meeting after a brutal loss to Creighton in early January that has paid countless dividends since.

“This year it’s obviously been much better, and I give Derrick a lot of credit for that,” said Willard of the team’s chemistry. “Derrick has sacrificed a lot of playing time, shots, starting. He’s unselfish and really his maturity of just understanding and being through it has helped all these young guys. It’s a weird dynamic that he’s just such a mature young man that he has a calming presence on everybody.”

For someone who was in the thick of the struggle a season ago, leading scorer Isaiah Whitehead reflected on the past year after scoring 22 plus dishing 5 assists against Xavier.

“You can tell just by watching us play how much we have each others back and how much we want to succeed together,” said Whitehead.

“That’s a big part of what we didn’t have last year. Last year at a certain point everybody was looking [out] for themselves, but this year we’re a collective group and we really put ourselves in a position to win every game.”

Minutes before Derrick Gordon would patiently wade through a throng of media just to sit next to his teammate for post-game interviews, Whitehead concurred with his head coach on how invaluable Gordon has been to the team, on and off the hardwood.

“Without Derrick on this team I wouldn’t be slapping the floor out there trying to get stops, guarding people full court. He does it to me every day in practice so it’s kind of second nature to me now.”

For Derrick, the hard-nosed slashing guard who has played all season with taped up fingers due to dislocations, the first player in NCAA history to both come out as gay as well as make the NCAA tournament with three different programs, and the guy who went flying into the first row countless times against Xavier, today’s culmination of a year of work is somewhat hard to process.

“It’s something that I wasn’t really expecting,” said Gordon of the success Seton Hall has had.

“Coming into this year I wasn’t really sure what was going to happen. I had to find my place on this team, going from that to now it’s been an incredible experience playing with these guys and I’m just very fortunate to be here.”

Another thing that Derrick wasn’t exactly expecting is his current role as a beacon of leadership in a team loaded with talented but green sophomores.

That, it seems clear, has made the ultimate difference.

“I had to make adjustments, I had to get used to these players. They listen, that’s the thing. They’re not hard-headed, we gel together and they’re easy to talk to. Me, I’m usually quiet, I don’t usually talk as much but me being the senior, I had to talk. I had to lead this team and that’s what Coach Willard wanted me to do when I came here.”

For Gordon, who has been constantly harping both to the media and his teammates about getting to the NCAA tournament, the horizon may yield even grander plans.

“We have no limits, honestly. I was just talking to Desi [Rodriguez] about that. When we’re all clicking, I don’t think we can lose to a team in the country when we’re all playing well. That’s the good thing, it’s been awhile since everybody has played well. It’s always a couple people playing well and a couple people having off-nights. But when everybody is playing well, we can beat anybody.”

But for now, it’s all about reveling in what has been an up, but mostly down, 10 years since Seton Hall crashed and burned in the 2006 NCAA tournament before most fans could blink an eye.

It’s a culmination of illogical belief for those fans who have sat amongst crowds that total no more than 3,000 on a cold Wednesday night in December.

It’s looking back at the 10 years of torment and frustration that have been washed away in the course of a little over 2 hours on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Newark.

And perhaps most importantly, today is all about seeing the tireless hard work of a group of young men come to fruition and prove doubters wrong.

“I remember someone asked me why I came to Seton Hall and I said ‘Just wait,’” reflected Isaiah Whitehead.

“There’s no better response than today.”

  • Hallbuster

    Great quotes. Agree when they ALL play well (meaning top 6 guys). No one can beat them in the country.

  • Hallbuster

    Ranking production come Monday ?? I say 15-20. Anything worse is a joke.

    • Fishjam

      RPI #31, KenPom #30 I think it’s likely they will slip into the back of the top 25 this week.

      • Hallbuster

        If they aren’t top 20 winning 7 of their last 8 big east games and 2 ranked team wins in last week (ok maybe 1.5) it’s a disgrace to anyone (writers or coaches poll) who votes.

        • PadrePirate

          Hate to say it, but I wouldn’t mind if we were overlooked in the rankings, just as long as we get a good seed in the Dance. For some reason being ranked did not help us last year.

  • Fishjam

    Good write up Chris. I commented previously about KW. He made some adjustments in his style from last year and seems to command more respect from his players this year. He, Sha, Hill, Billmeier, etc all deserve a lot of credit for helping these kids improve not only from last year but from the beginning of this year. This team has grown leaps and bounds since November/early December. I feel we would crush LB State and even GW if we played them now. The staff has turned IW into a Point Guard and their influence was on full display today as they were constntly seen working on getting his mind right on the bench when he was struggling.

    .All of the Fox Sports huddle shots have been great this year and it’s clear KW is sending the right messages. The offense still gets stagnant at times but I don’t think this group of players would do well in a structured offense. He has gotten the team to buy into the tough man-t0-man defensive mindset he’s been preaching which is a total difference from last year when they played mostly 2-3 zone and often struggled.

  • Fishjam

    Zagoria wrote about Willard and the choice to keep him….says he was considering going to Holy Cross. https://www.sny.tv/college-recruiting/news/one-year-after-convincing-seton-hall-to-keep-him-kevin-willard-is-headed-to-ncaa-tournament/165678274

    • Hallbuster

      From that to a renewed deal that’s inevitable coming. I’ve said it before, has shades of PJ. I will be first to say I was such a doubter last year and into this year but man I’m happy I was proven wrong. Foot in mouth.

      • VinBick

        I was right there with you in believing Kevin Willard was not capable of coaching the Hall to success entering this season. Last year’s negative atmosphere surrounding the team seemed like a program in a tailspin.

        What a difference a year makes! Loved that a dozen potential recruits were sitting behind the team bench. Willard is building a strong, sustaining program. Hat’s off to a fellow bald guy! Remember, God only covers imperfect heads…..

        Chris: Your coverage of the Hall is unequaled in the NY & NJ media market. Your insight and objective reporting make for great reads here. Thank you for your diligent, hard work. Sincere best wishes for continued success with all of your endeavors.

      • hallstorm

        Yeah-I have to say that I was as big a Williard basher as there was and I’m very happy to be proven wrong. Shades of PJ…. I’m not so sure, but Wlliard has earned his way. I love the defense. I especially love the defense in an era that seems to recognize Dominique Wilkins – like highlights and little defensive highlights. What’s even better, most writers still have trouble giving The Hall credit because they can’t reference eye-popping offensive stats. Sorry Isaiah-you’re still not going to get respect even now, even if it’s misguided.

        Looks like a deep tourney run is for the taking at a time when most teams will think they’ll have an easy time with us. Now that sounds earily reminiscent of a team that knocked around perennial heavyweights en route to April games. That sound like PJ times….

      • Larry Karg

        Totally shades of PJ. This year feels like what ’88 was for that era. Bring the team back intact and ’17 could be like ’89.

    • http://www.SHUHoops.com Chris McManus

      Not sure if I’m mistaken what I was told for public knowledge, but the Holy Cross deal is far from news to me. Nonetheless, still crazy to fathom.

  • http://www.SHUHoops.com Chris McManus

    Don’t often toot my own horn, but Seton Hall hit on all the keys that I mentioned in my preview:

    – Delgado out of foul trouble
    – Whitehead being more efficient (wasn’t overly efficient today, but enough) means more points
    – Those more points will come from Desi (new career-high)
    – Look for much better defense due to the first game (see: first half)

    • VinBick

      Toot away! Your insightful and objective reporting on the Pirates is refreshing and the best NY & NJ coverage provided for the college basketball fans. You are tops among the media outlets available.

      Thank you for investing the time to keep us well informed. Best wishes for continued success with all of your endeavors.

    • PadrePirate

      Agree with everything except for IW. Actually, I thought he had a poor game on the offensive end. Loved those blocks (I counted 4) on D, but struggled on offense. Shot a passable 33%, but 8 TO’s (ugh!!), not to mention countless forced passes and those blind drives where he spins and hops without knowing how to finish. Couldn’t figure out how to beat that high-trap over and over.

      Still, his FT’s were clutch down the stretch and he stayed in the game, doing enough to use his teammates and cinch the win.

      • PadrePirate

        Forot to mention that silly behind the back pass, which started a X run and clearly got him in a funk until W settled him down in the next time out. After that embarrassment, I noticed him buckle down on D, and not give up, which is a good sign. We needed those FT’s at the end.

        • Hallbuster

          Focusing on his bad. He hit some clutch momentum stopping threes. Was a good performance from him. Not great like providence but good

          • iratepirate

            No one is focused on the bad with Isaiah. Everyone loves the behind the head passes. That works best when you already have a rhythm going and you are running an offense. Some of the out of control stuff was in the middle of getting stifled by their 1-3-1. That isn’t the time for flash. We beat their D by passing through it and using the baseline, not with fancy passes. Strong fundamentals.

    • Joe Schmoe

      Totally off topic. I chuckle everytime I see “Cerasoli’s Ghost” Are you ever asked who is/was Cerasoli? The Cerasoli story has got to be ancient history at this point lost in the sands of time…..Cerasoli was so long ago its pre-twitter, pre-facebook, was “CerasolisGhost” your AIM handle?

      • http://www.SHUHoops.com Chris McManus

        Ha, never saw this comment until now. I get a few random mentions on Twitter about it but I bet a lot of younger fans have no idea.

        Funny about the AIM reference! Great app. But no, I set this as my username back in… 2012/13.

  • SHULaw05

    Congratulations to the players and coaches! The joy on the Pirate faces is so great to see. They love playing together and there truly is no ceiling when they are hungry like today. Willard’s hard work as a coach is paying dividends too. Finish the regular season strong and on to MSG! Go Pirates!

  • Hallbuster

    If Desi keeps developing he has nba talent. The year over year improvement is massive. Imagine next year. Beast

  • ThePirateFan

    What an exciting game! Credit goes all around! Had a talk with another fan today, and realized that whoever recruited DG deserves a lot of credit. SHU couldn’t have been the best fit for him with IW and KC here already, but our staff had the foresight to realize how valuable he’d be. There must’ve been plenty of other schools short on a guard that never had him on their radar. Kudos to the staff.

  • Hallbuster

    Great point

  • PadrePirate

    We’ll probably see X again before this season is done:

    BET: As of now, we (#3) would face the #6 seed (Butler or Prov) and the winner of that game would face Xavier (#2) if they take care of the 10 vs 7 winner.

    NCAA: If we jump up to a #7 seed in the Dance, we would again stand to face the #2 seed (Xavier again) in the second round.

    All that is still very speculative, but just to say that KW and co. will have to work on beating that 1-3-1 trapping zone which was really paralyzing us at times today.

    • Matty P

      Would really like to see Creighton drop their next 2 (Providence and Xavier) and Providence and Butler to jump them in the ranking. Would much rather a first round matchup with them rather than against Providence or Butler.

  • WilponsStinkLessNow

    Flash Gordon is my MVP!
    Man, it makes me so happy when I think about what he’s brought to this team, and what they will take from his leadership from this year and on. What a great young man.
    Take it all the way, Pirates. Sky’s the limit.

  • WilponsStinkLessNow

    Hey guys, SHU clinched the #3 seed in the BET today, right?
    I wanna buy a ticket for Thursday evening so I was hoping someone here better at math than me could confirm.

    • Andrew Herbst

      Yes, we will be a 3 seed in BET. Our opponent is TBD.

    • Joe Schmoe

      Another big week this week, @ Butler and @ DePaul.. Id like some revenge on Butler and show those writers that SHU doesnt suffer from “big win hangovers” KEEP IT GOING AND FINISH STRONG!

  • Joe Schmoe

    I find this funny. Press still calls this Hall win a function of Xavier being too caught up in the Nova win. Even though Mack explicintly stated this will not be the case on the coaches conference call two days before the game. I guess the Hall was just “lucky”… thats what the press wants to believe…

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaab-the-dagger/seton-hall-catches-fifth-ranked-xavier-flat-locks-up-ncaa-bid-202453401.html
    Meanwhile the kids in the throwback uni’s are starting to believe they can beat anyone…

    • LBP

      Which they can- and will

  • Joe Schmoe

    From Dana O’Neil, ESPN Senior Writer

    “The reality is, Xavier is still a very good team that played a really lousy game against an extremely desperate opponent. Seton Hall has not been to the NCAA tournament since 2006 and has been living on the bubble for weeks. This was its chance, getting a top-five team at home, right after the Musketeers enjoyed that emotional win against then-top-ranked Villanova. Can you say trap game?”

    What game was this chick watching?

    http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/111800/xavier-may-have-lost-1-seed-but-helps-big-eas

    • Hallbuster

      Told u they would try and take away the Xavier win. It’s unbelievable. Xavier had momentum and so did we. We didn’t have a let down game after providence. I’ve never seen more bias out of area sports writers against this seton hall team. They are all haters. Good! Keep the chip on our shoulder. Told u if we win the BE tourney they will say BE having a down year. If we win the ncaa tournament they will say college basketball had a soft year. I’m only half kidding. It’s really ridiculous. Seton hall wasn’t desperate. They already punched their dance ticket. Instead it looked like men against boys as we just dominated.

      • Joe Schmoe

        More from Dana O’Neil, ESPN

        “…It will also, no doubt, bring out the folks questioning the merit of the Big East. Most everywhere else, teams beat up one another, and it adds to an appreciation of just how hard the league is. It’s a narrative the old Big East started and owned for a lot of years.

        But the nouveau Big East doesn’t get the same benefit of the doubt. When Xavier beats Villanova but Seton Hall beats Xavier, that doesn’t equate to transitive-theory success as it might in the Big 12 or Big Ten. It’s viewed as a referendum on mediocrity.”

        • Hallbuster

          Joke!! Forget how well BE did against preconfefence play opponents. That doesn’t count I guess.

          • Joe Schmoe

            ….and no AP ranking for SHU after another stellar week.

        • PadrePirate

          Hold on. The same Oneil article goes on to list the clear BE merits: fourth in RPI, first in victories over top 50 opponents, and second to Big12 in record vs other non Conf majors. She admits the bias against BE is “not really fair”. This is the first time I’ve got some comparative intra Conf data. We are a strong Conf regardless of media perception. I only hope that at least one BE team goes to the Final Four to prove the point.

      • LBP

        That we did Hallbuster

      • Joe J

        Totally agree. But, the Hall will be able to show everyone just how good they are in the NCAA Tourney. That’s why I’m not too upset. They actually play better the more they are overlooked and disrespected. They will have their stage to prove all the doubters wrong. That is what’s great about this tournament.

    • jfp1992

      A Win at Butler will stop that talk in it’s tracks. Wednesday’s game is a “trap” game for SHU, just like Sunday’s game was for Xavier. If they can stay focused and get that win (and against DePaul of course), they’ll be looking at national ranking and a 6 seed in the NCAA. What a difference a week can make.

      • Joe Schmoe

        rankings wont mean anything next week going into the tournament. It would have been nice to play the last week of the regular season being ranked. That said, keep it going, show them they were wrong. Win two on the road and next week at this time we’ll be gearing up as the #3 seed in the BET..looking to win three in three nights. This team can do it. 26-7 as the BET champ…

    • hallstorm

      Oh I responded in very unkind manners yesterday a bunch of times. I am Craig Thomas on Facebook-I felt I had to teach her a few things as her research wasn’t even correct.

  • Louie Dee

    Great win yesterday. I was there and it was surreal.

    Now on to the next game. Willard needs to stop putting Butler on a pedestal and beat them already.

    He glorifies Butler whenever he’s asked a question about them. Enough is Enough.

    Let’s show those naysayers!

  • fouline

    Let’s give credit where credit is due. Whitehead is this team. He is the straw that stirs the drink. And he makes all boats rise. Without him this team is in no-man’s-land just like the previous 5 years. Willard didn’t learn how to coach between the OCS and BE play. I think the team as unfocused as they are decided, willed, their way to this point. At times you wonder what they are doing. But by the sheer force of energy and quickness and innate talent they succeed. Good for them. Good for us. Good for the program. Very happy. Very proud.

  • SHULaw05
  • Joe Schmoe

    http://collegebasketball.ap.org/poll
    Xavier unchanged @ #5 Seton Hall still NR.

    • Matty P

      We’re #27 according to the AP poll behind Wisconsin.

      • Joe Schmoe

        #27 is NR…

        • Joe J

          The only ranking that matters will be on selection Sunday.Rankings only matter in College Football

        • Matty P

          Agreed it’s considered not ranked but if you look at the votes that’s where we would come in. It’s a large jump from last week of getting no votes.

    • LBP

      How this makes any sense is senseless

  • Hallbuster

    Joke! But not surprised at all. Team should use this as a motivator. Just as they have been all season. They get no respect

  • PadrePirate

    Stuck at airport waiting for both ranking lists to finally come out, and SHU did not make either. Nova lost their #1 spot, Xavier held at 5 or 6, but the pirates are conspicuously absent.

    • Matty P

      The difficult thing for SHU this week was that not many teams in the 20-25 range lost this past week like they have been in the past couple weeks. So despite our strong wins there wasn’t an opening to move past anyone. Couple that with not having any votes last week and it was going to be difficult to move into the top 25 this week.

  • Jersey Jerry

    Chris ~ as usual, U hit the nail on the head … LOVE how U keep our Pirate Ship up-dated w/all your BRILLIANT info … please keep our sails filled w/your GR8 perception!!!

  • Joe Schmoe
  • Matty P

    So it’s looking like both of SHU’s basketball programs have been trending in the right direction. Yesterday should lock the men into the tournament and the women’s team is currently projected to have an 8 seed according to ESPN. I wanted to see how long it’s been since both teams made the NCAA tournament in the same year. You’d have to go all the way back to PJ’s final year in 93-94 season.

  • True Blue

    Martty P thanks for recognizing SHU women’s team. Finished T2 in BIg East. I was at game last night and Desi, Angel and I think Ish were there. Great school spirit and support. Maybe Chris can do a piece on women’s team before they head to Chicago for Big East tournament. Tony Bozzella has done a great job. Team deserves some kudos too. Women are a lock for NCAA for second year in a row. They have all time leading scorer in SHU women’s basketball in Tab Richardson Smith. Big East leading rebounder in Tiffany Jones. And two terrific guards in Keena Richardson and Aleesha Powell. We should be proud of both teams.

    • Matty P

      Not a problem. I know that we stick almost exclusively to the SHU men’s basketball program, but I thought it was a good opportunity to shine some light onto the women’s program. I know in the past there’s been discussion on Lyons and the job that he’s done, but I think he’s showing that the schools programs have been trending in the right direction this year in not only men’s but women’s sports.

  • Fishjam

    Happy to see the team and Whitehead getting some recognition but I’m actually even happier they are still just outside of the Top 25. That will hopefully still provide that bit of motivation that they need in what will be a very tough and important game @ Butler. They were flat and uninspired the first matchup and need to be charged up to get payback because getting swept would give them a big edge for seeding purposes.

    SH is an extremley emotional team and their performance is greatly impacted by their state of mind. Delgado, Desi & Isaiah can all be very streaky based on emotions.

    Whitehead is introverted and derives his motivation from feeling snubbed by media, scouts, fans or whoever. He started out very strong vs Xavier but then started to struggle against the zone, the double teams, the hard fall on his knee and Macura bothering him at the top of the 1-3-1. Macura is one of those guys like Danny AInge or Bill Laimbeer who bothers you and frustrates you until you want to punch them in the face. Even though the team was crushing the #5 team in the nation, IW looked like someone pissed in his cornflakes and had terrible body language. He had the exact same body language/facial expressions @ the Garden last week because StJohns was being very physical with him with big strong defenders all game and he was missing shots.

    Willard and Sha saw his troubles and spent a lot of time talking to him on the bench because he was clearly sullen and perturbed and had to be consoled. When he’s like this he will often begin to press even harder and take bad shots and force wild passes trying to hit 5-run Homers every time up to bat. The coaching staff eventually reeled him back, and as he has done several times this year, Z got himself back into a positive frame of mind by making a good defensive play. That got him fired up, he makes a great pass, then hits a nice shot and he’s rolling again.

  • shufaninva

    I don’t really have a problem with this week’s polls. Xavier did beat the #1 team in the country, so a loss on the road after that and I can see them staying where they are. I think them not falling is a sign of respect for the Pirates. It was a tough game for Xavier to expect to win.
    Also, us not being ranked isn’t such a bad thing. We are right in position to sneak up on a lot of teams. We are a very well kept secret at this point. The only problem with not being ranked is how difficult it will be to get off that 9-8, 10-7 line that creates so many problems getting to the Sweet 16. I love it that we even can have that complaint though. Usually we would happily take a 16 seed.

    • VinBick

      The only way the Hall moves up in the seeding is to win out; that is really going to be a difficult assignment with both Butler and DePaul really strong on their home courts. We have a bullseye squarely on our backs with both of these teams. They want to hurt our resume, and to finish strong in front of the home folks like we did on Sunday. Go Pirates!

      • Joe Schmoe

        This team has not let up on the intensity though, I think they will still bring it, fight hard. winning the last two on the road is not impossible. Winning three in three nights is not impossible either…. 5-0 over the next 11 days!

        • VinBick

          Wow! Love your passion, Joe. Tall order for any team.

          I have a seat in Section 2, Row 7 for next Thursday night. Xavier plays at 7pm and the Hall plays at 9:30pm. Taking the train out of Long Branch around 4:45pm and back there at 1:45am. Then it will be a 45 minute drive home to Beachwood.

          Well worth it to support this team. I was really one of Willard’s biggest critics, but I am eating crow with his command performance this season. The kids on his team are rallying around him, and playing at a really competitive level. Go Pirates!

          • shufaninva

            SI already has us higher than 7, so…..maybe??

          • VinBick

            What seed, SHU Fan in VA?

          • shufaninva

            Sorry my bad. It’s USA Today, and they gave us as a 6 going against Monmouth.

          • VinBick

            Saw that, with us playing them out in Spokane, WA. Does not make any sense to have two New Jersey teams playing one another 3,000 miles from home. Oklahoma and NC are projected to be playing “home games”. How fair is that?

          • Joe Schmoe

            On a neutral court i think these guys are as good as anyone else. On the court they are playing like they flat out want it more. Go get the automatic bid.

          • Joe Schmoe

            And yes i ate my crow. many helpings worth. Just hope we dont see a nice tourney run and Willard jump ship at the first job offer. Remember that loyalty thing works both ways.

  • Matty P

    So unfortunately with all this positive news about the program it looks like ex pirate Herb Pope was busy robbing a bank. Seems like each guy from that time did something at this point. http://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2016/03/01/Herb-Pope-former-college-Aliquippa-High-star-charged-with-bank-robbery/stories/201603010189?utm_campaign=echobox&utm_medium=social&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=1456882859

  • Louie Dee

    I’ve said it several times, Willard needs to stop putting Butler on a pedestal and beat them already.

    He glorifies Butler whenever he’s asked a question about them. If your coach is pessimistic about playing a team how do you expect the players to be, better yet perform.

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