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Seton Hall Basketball: 3 takeaways from Pirates' painful loss to Providence

Creighton v Seton Hall
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3. This team needs Kadary Richmond

This is saying the obvious, but it became evident against a weakened Providence squad without their star in Bryce Hopkins. The Pirates headed into this game knowing they were going to need some juice from the home crowd, and also some great play from Dawes and Dylan Addae-Wusu. However, it was clear this team did not have the same fire and confidence they have with Richmond in this lineup.

When you are missing the potential Big East Player of the Year, there is clearly a lot left to be desired on all ends of the floor. Offensively, they were missing a key option whose driving ability as a guard opens up the entire floor for the rest of this team. He also dominates the glass, and offensively they run through him so they were also missing their facilitator. Richmond is the identity of this Seton Hall team, so not having him was an adjustment that was beyond tough to make.

This also had a clear effect on Addae-Wusu, he did not score a single point, and finished with an abysmal 0-13 from the field, although he did have 10 rebounds. But Richmond's play opens up his scoring ability, and that scoring we had seen in the past few games was just not there in this one for the St. John's transfer. This whole team just looked unmotivated, whether that was due to the defeat against Creighton, the loss of Richmond, or a bit of both, this just was not Seton Hall basketball.