MORGANTOWN - The Seton Hall team that visits West Virginia tonight is not quite the pushover it has been in recent years.
Not that the Mountaineers have ever considered the Pirates an easy mark, of course. Since 1999, WVU is just 10-9 against Seton Hall. And although that includes six straight wins for the Mountaineers, the teams went to overtime in last year's game in Newark, N.J.
Seton Hall's record - 10-12 overall and 4-6 in the Big East - is also nothing to shout about. Then again, one of those wins was just a week ago over then-No. 2 Syracuse. It was no nail-biter, either. The Pirates won 90-68 at the Carrier Dome.
"If you go to Syracuse and win the way they won, you're a good basketball team,'' West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said.
Here, though, is what concerns No. 25 West Virginia (14-6, 5-3) most about the Pirates, who come to the Coliseum for a 7 p.m. game that will be televised by the Big East Network (locally on WCHS):
"Obviously, he's hard for us to guard,'' Huggins said. "He's had some career games against us.''
A year ago in WVU's 90-84 overtime win at the Prudential Center, Hazell exploded for 41 points despite an off shooting game. He missed 15 of his 19 3-point attempts, but made two from long range in the final seconds as the Pirates overcame a 10-point deficit with less than a minute to go to send it to OT.
A year earlier, Hazell had 29 points against West Virginia. He had just nine in WVU's 75-63 win last year at the Coliseum, but the Pirates scored 14 points in a row in the closing minutes to pull as close as six points.
Oh, and he had 30 in his first appearance at the Coliseum in 2008.