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Seton Hall Remix: Council, Batts Shine

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Takeaways from a second look at Providence and Seton Hall.

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Vincent Council showed a bit of everything on Senior Night.  Kadeem Batts’ 27 point, 12 rebound night caught headlines, while Council played a vintage Vincent Council game – scoring a bit, rebounding a bit, and passing the ball creatively in his final home game at Providence.

The result was a 13 point, seven assist, six rebound, three steal night for Council.  Ed Cooley said afterwards that the team’s focus was sending the senior out on a high note. He had a pair of pretty plays in the second half of the fast break, with layup resulting from an ankle breaking move and a pretty dish to LaDontae Henton after Council weaved through traffic.

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Batts was a monster, but he wasn’t alone in getting him his 27 points.  Council, Bryce Cotton and Kris Dunn each found him for looks at the rim throughout.  Six of his 10 field goals were layups, four of which came on assists from teammates.  Another basket came after he grabbed an offensive rebound.

When Batts gets those easy looks falling early it seems to then get his medium range game going, as was the case in the second half of this one.  When Batts’s medium range game is on he become a very tough cover.

Cooley lauded Batts’ improvement after the game.

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Seton Hall didn’t give Cotton many looks, but the junior made them pay when he was left open, especially late.  At one point early in the second half Batts drew a double team and found Cotton for a wide open three pointer – the type of inside/out basketball that having a good interior scorer allows for.

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