As painful as it was seeing Seton Hall suffer its first conference loss at DePaul on Sunday, it is an opportunity for Kevin Willard’s squad to mature and grow from. The Pirates were coming off a hot winning streak of 7 games.
Mind you, over that span they beat Kentucky, Maryland, Rutgers, St. Johns and Xavier. If I’m Coach Willard, I would be ecstatic with my team’s wins over these very competitive and well-coached teams.
DePaul is a very much improved from last season. They have a solid senior forward in Max Strus, in addition to a crafty veteran guard in Willingboro, NJ native, Eli Cain. That the Big East is arguably one of the most competitive conferences in the country, on any given day every team in the conference can win anywhere (home or away). It’s what makes the conference as special and exciting as it is.
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Seton Hall has undoubtedly proved a lot of people wrong so far this season. Losing four starting seniors is never easy for a team to recover from, but Kevin Willard and his staff have done a phenomenal job utilizing this year’s roster to its full potential. Remember, the Pirates were picked to finish 8th by the coaches in the Big East preseason poll. They currently sit in 3rd place.
Here are some stats to make note of:
All this being said, the team looks to put their 1 point loss to DePaul behind them Wednesday night at The Rock when they take on a very good Butler squad. The home crowd needs to be loud and energetic for this one to help push the Pirates to another W. Beating Butler will enhance their resume and boost their chances for a Top 25 ranking.
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