If someone asked me before the season if I thought that the Seton Hall Pirates would sit atop the Big East standings at this point in the season, I would have confidently replied no. It is clear to most college basketball observers that the Big East Conference is stacked with solid, talented teams this year – Villanova, Butler, Xavier, Creighton, Marquette, and NJ’s team (sorry Rutgers fans) Seton Hall!
The Pirates are now 3-0 in conference play and 14-2 overall thus far. This is the first time since 1999, that Seton Hall is in the top spot in the Big East! Woo-hoo! Kevin Willard has got to be feeling pretty good about his team right now. Coming off a huge, tough road win at Butler (Hinkle Fieldhouse – home of the Hoosiers movie) against a team that earlier knocked Villanova from the ranks of the unbeaten, the Pirates have a ton of momentum on their side. Angel Delgado had by far his best game of the season, finishing with an overwhelming 28 points, 15 rebounds, and 6 assists. His fellow senior running mate, Khadeen Carrington did some of the heavy lifting too (29 points – 7 three pointers)!
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Being down 11 with nine minutes left, the Pirates rallied. Many teams would have folded, but not this group. They righted the ship, went on a run, and scraped by Butler 90-87. Not to be overlooked, sophomore guard Myles Powell played the game with the flu, yet he came up big knocking down four crucial free throws down the stretch. Talk about being a team leader and warrior!
There is one thing to be certain about with this season’s Pirates team. The heart and soul of the team/program is their four big seniors (Carrington, Rodriguez, Delgado, Sanogo), and this is their last shot at doing something big together. There is no doubt that they want to go out with a bang!
SHU is back at it again tonight. They face another tough road test against a good Marquette team. They will have to come up with answers on how to slow down Marquette’s star, Markus Howard. Howard has dropped a combined 99 points in his last two games for the Golden Eagles, including an absurd 52 against Providence last Wednesday.
Andrew Rowsey, Howard’s backcourt mate should not be taken lightly either, he can ring the bell from deep as well. Did you know that the MU guards are the top scorers in the conference at 23.5 ppg and 21 ppg respectively? Tune in to CBSSN Tuesday night at 9pm to catch the game. “Here come the Pirates!”
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