SAN DIEGO — Kadary Richmond’due south correct hand is still wrapped.

But if shooting drills are any indication, the Seton Hall basketball game bespeak guard’s sprained thumb is much ameliorate.

The sophomore drilled a succession of uncontested 3-pointers during Thursday’south open practice prior to Friday’s NCAA Tournament game against Texas Christian. Three times, Richmond swished four straight catch-and-shoot direct triples off passes from associated head double-decker Grant Billmeier.

“He’s shooting the basketball much amend, he’s got more strength in it,” Hall coach Kevin Willard said. “I wouldn’t say he’s 100 percent, but he looks keen.”

His play during the open practice backed that up.

Here are 5 other takeaways from Thursday’s do and media session.

Seton Hall Pirates guard Kadary Richmond (0) shoots the ball during practice before the starting time round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Viejas Loonshit.

1. Good Pirate crowd expected

Seton Hall sold its full resource allotment of 350 tickets without a problem. Some live in California and a good amount are flying east from the Garden State.

“I saw a couple of people come up in today,” postgrad guard Myles Cale said. “Information technology’southward smashing for them, traveling from New Bailiwick of jersey to California. That just proves how stiff of a fan base of operations that we have. So thank you to them. I can’t wait to see them out at that place when we take the floor.”

Postgrad guard Jamir Harris echoed that sentiment.

“I’ve seen Seton Hal fans effectually. I was in the jacuzzi concluding night spooky with the pep band. They (fans) were there. And everybody who came out hither is very excited to lookout us play. Information technology’southward going to be special.”

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Seton Hall Pirates guards Jared Rhoden (left), Myles Cale (center) and Jamir Harris during a press conference before the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena.

Seton Hall Pirates guards Jared Rhoden (left), Myles Cale (middle) and Jamir Harris during a press briefing before the commencement round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Viejas Loonshit.

2. Who are the refs?

The coaches don’t detect out who the officials are until gameday, but they virtually certainly won’t be Big East officials. A school might get one ref from their league in an NCAA game, only that’southward unlikely for Seton Hall out in California.

Willard likes what he’s seen then far in the tourney.

“I think they’re letting teams play physical and they’re letting them play a little bit, which is really nice,” he said.

That said, in that location is an adjustment flow early in an NCAA game after existence used to Big East officiating for nearly three months. To help prepare, Willard said he gets a dossier that dives deep into each official’due south tendencies.

“We really dig into who they are, who they’re reffed, where they’ve reffed, how many fouls they’ve called,” Willard said. “For me, how many technicals they’ve called. Information technology goes a lot deeper than most people think.”

Seton Hall's team and staff at Viejas Arena in San Diego

Seton Hall’s squad and staff at Viejas Arena in San Diego

3. Mutual respect

TCU coach Jamie Dixon went two-1 against Willard while at Pitt. Willard paid actress attention to the Panthers under Dixon since he played for the plan in the mid-1990s.

“For 14 years he was unbelievable for my alma mater,” Willard said. “He’s a good friend. I dear what he did for my alma mater. I respect him so much for the way his teams play because that’s pretty much how we play.”

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Dixon echoed that sentiment.

“Know Kevin very well; good friends, get way dorsum” Dixon said. “But excited nigh what he’s done at Seton Hall.”

four. Buzz about Saint Peter’s

Subsequently the open practise wrapped up, in that location was buzz amid Seton Hall coaches, administrators and staff about 15th-seeded Saint Peter’south playing 2d-seeded Kentucky tooth and blast in Indianapolis (the Peacocks somewhen won in overtime).

The Peacocks, of form, are coached by erstwhile Seton Hall point guard and associate head omnibus Shaheen Holloway. There’south some palpable pride about a favorite son condign a meteor.

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five. Bryce Aiken can all the same shoot it.

Though the standout guard remains out with a head injury, he participated lightly in the open up practice (not in uniform). He connected on several long 3-pointers, a half-court shot, and looked like he was having a expert time with his teammates.

Jerry Carino has covered the New Bailiwick of jersey sports scene since 1996 and the college basketball vanquish since 2003. He is an Associated Press Top 25 voter. Contact him at

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