Seton Hall basketball can use an assist (or several) vs. St John’s

It’s a song that jumps off the page.

Seton Hall men’s basketball ranks 355th out of 358 Division I teams in percentage of assisted field goals. The Pirates have an assist on just 37.7 percent of their buckets.

For context, Arizona leads the nation at 67.4 percent, Marquette leads the Big East at 65.8 percent, and neighborhood rival Rutgers is seventh in the nation at 63.6 percent.

At the bottom, Washington is the next high major closest to Seton Hall, who ranks 334th at 41.9 percent. Among Big East colleagues, this is DePaul at 42.3 percent.

Hall coach Kevin Willard referred to the issue last week, calling his team’s roster “baffling” and disapproving of “way too much one-on-one basketball.”

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He also lifted it in November, citing the Pirates’ reliance on pull-up jumpers, calling them “offensively challenged” and lamenting that “sometimes you sit there and say ‘My god, this is painful’.”

After a much-needed farewell week, the Hall (11-5 overall, 2-4 Big East) will outperform St. John’s (10-6, 2-3) at Madison Square Garden (afternoon, Foxsport 1) on Saturday as a team ?

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