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Seton Hall's Jeremy Hazell, set to face Georgetown, has new appreciation for life after gunshot wound
Containing Hazell also figures to be the focus of Austin Freeman and No. 23 Georgetown, which is looking to build on the momentum gained in Saturday's 74-65 victory at Rutgers. With a win, the Hoyas (13-5, 2-4 Big East) can climb back into the thick of the conference standings. To do that, however, they'll need to shut down Hazell. The Pirates are 3-0 when he scores 23 points or more, and they are hungry for their first win over a ranked team (0-3). In the teams' meeting last season, Georgetown limited Hazell to 17 points in the Hoyas' 85-73 victory.
"He's a tough kid," Coach John Thompson III said. "He is a big-time scorer, so their team is much different with him."
Hazell's height and length also makes him a matchup problem for the Hoyas.
"He has deep range, Thompson added. "He can score in the post. He can score off the dribble. He's a scorer."
He's also got a new appreciation for life.
"I learned that life goes by so fast," Hazell said. "You can be big one day and gone the next day. So you have to cherish every moment, stay humble and stay positive. I'm a great situation. But it could have been taken away from me if that bullet would have went one inch either way."
After a pause, he added, "I'm just happy it didn't."