Seton Hall Pirates look forward to the return of fans for Senior Night
It is the final week of the regular college basketball season. The Seton Hall Pirates say that they have been missing the atmosphere of a packed stadium this season because of COVID-19 restrictions.
But a limited number of fans will be allowed back at the Prudential Center this week, just in time for Senior Night.
“I think it will definitely help us, 100%,” says senior guard Shavar Reynolds. “It will just make our runs - or if we need a little help – that must better. It will give us some juice.”
“Just adding fans and just kind of giving us the opportunity to have the same senior year that went before us is amazing,” says senior forward Sandro Mamukelashvili.
The Pirates are 13-10 this season, with two games to play against UConn and St. John’s. Bracketologists have Seton Hall as a bubble team right now. But players say that they aren’t thinking about the NCAA tournament just yet.
“It’s always on your subconscious mind. But I don’t think we’re necessarily thinking about it. I think it’s just there instead of just flowing and playing the game of basketball that we love to play,” says Reynolds.
“We just really have to play the game that we love and compete at our level, at the high level, that we're capable of,” says senior guard Myles Cale.
The Pirates are looking to break a two-game losing streak Wednesday night when they take on the Huskies. Players say that they hope that the magic of Senior Night and the return of fans will help them win.
“Fans are definitely going to help us. They are eager to come to the game because they missed the whole season, so even 10% [capacity] is going to make a lot of noise and it will be amazing to just have them with us,” says Mamukelashvili.
Seton Hall and UConn will tip off Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.