Team Name- Seton Hall Pirates
Coach- Kevin Willard
Top Performer: Sterling Gibbs – 13.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 4.2 APG, .737 FT %, .367 3PT%
Seton Hall’s Season – The Seton Hall Pirates have had an up and down year, currently standing at 15-16 heading into the Big East tournament. It has been an inconsistent year so far for Seton Hall, beginning with losses to Fairly Dickinson and St. Peter’s, but showing signs of life with two wins over Xavier, a win at Georgetown and a win at Providence. They’ve faced issues putting their best starting five on the floor, with injuries to Sterling Gibbs and Fuquan Edwin, and multiple team-issued suspensions keeping guys off the floor. The Pirates’ 15-16 record may not be indicative of the performance they could display in New York.
Seton Hall’s Road– Seton Hall earned the eighth seed in the tournament, facing off with Butler (9) in the first round. These two teams just faced off on Saturday, with Butler prevailing at home 71-54. A win will match the pirates with top-seed and No. 3 in the country Villanova.
Seton Hall’s Prospects– While Seton Hall does have plenty of talent with Gibbs, Edwin and Gene Teague on the floor; it will be extremely difficult for the Pirates to take the title at Madison Square Garden. An impossible second round matchup with Villanova would lead to facing Providence or the at-home St. John’s Red Storm. Let’s just say the chances are slim.
NCAA Prospects- Seton Hall will not be making the NCAAs without a win here at the Big East tournament and an automatic qualification.
Hamm’s Take– It is going to be a battle for the Pirates against Butler in the first round, but don’t be surprised to see Seton Hall in the second round. But four straight wins against Big East foes and a title victory? I think we’ll see them bowing out in the second round.