Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball

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Seton Hall Pirates
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University Seton Hall University
First season1903–04
Head coach Kevin Willard
Conference Big East
Location Newark, New Jersey
Arena Prudential Center
(Capacity: 10,481/18,711 [1] )
NicknamePirates
ColorsBlue and White [2]
         
Uniforms
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Home
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Away
NCAA Tournament Runner-up
1989
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1989
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1989, 1991
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1989, 1991, 1992, 2000
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2004, 2018
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Conference Tournament Champions
1991, 1993, 2016
Conference Regular Season Champions
1992, 1993, 2020

The Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball program is the NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's basketball program of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. The team competes in the Big East Conference and plays their home games in the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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History

Seton Hall's first season of basketball occurred in 1903–04, but the school did not field a team again until 1908–09, the year in which the university achieved their first winning season. The school adopted the Pirate mascot in 1931, and the teams soon gained national prominence with the arrival of John "Honey" Russell in 1936. During an 18-year span, the Pirates racked up a 295–129 record that included an undefeated 19–0 record in 1939–40 as part of a 41-game unbeaten streak. Walsh Gymnasium was opened in 1941 to permanently house the basketball team and featured one of the best Seton Hall teams of all time, termed the "Wonder Five", which led by All-American Bob Davies, earned the school's first NIT bid in 1941. Following World War II, the Pirates were led by stars Frank Saul and Bobby Wanzer and regularly played games at Madison Square Garden. The peak of this era occurred in 1953 when Richie Regan and Walter Dukes defeated rival St. John's University for the NIT title. Perhaps the low point for the team occurred in 1961 when a point shaving scandal sullied the program, but the Pirates rebounded to return to the NIT in 1974 under coach Bill Raftery. [3] Seton Hall became a charter member of the Big East Conference in 1979. They are still a member to this day.

The 1908-09 Seton Hall basketball team recorded the school's first winning record in its second season of play Shc08-09team.jpg
The 1908–09 Seton Hall basketball team recorded the school's first winning record in its second season of play

The high point of the Big East era for Seton Hall came when P. J. Carlesimo was hired in 1982 and the team began playing in the Meadowlands Arena. By 1988, Carlesimo led the Pirates to the school's first NCAA tournament appearance, and in 1989, he led the Hall to an unexpected tournament run to the NCAA Championship game, where they were defeated by Michigan in overtime. Success under Carlesimo continued with a Big East Tournament Championship and an Elite Eight appearance in 1991, a regular season Big East Championship and Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1992, and Big East Regular Season and Big East Tournament Championships in 1993. Carlesimo left to coach in the NBA following the 1993–94 season, but Seton Hall returned to the Sweet Sixteen in 2000 guided by coach Tommy Amaker, and appeared in the NCAA tournament in 2004 and 2006 coached by Louis Orr. In 2006–07, Bobby Gonzalez was hired to lead the Pirates, which moved its home games into the Prudential Center in 2007. [4] Gonzalez amassed a 66–59 record at Seton Hall but was fired at the conclusion of the 2009–10 after a first-round NIT loss to Texas Tech. Concerns were raised in-house about the direction Gonzalez was taking the program, punctuated by several incidents, some involving Gonzalez and others involving student athletes. Shortly after his dismissal Gonzalez was arrested for shoplifting. [5] Seton Hall hired current coach Kevin Willard for the 2010–11 season. [6]

After struggling to maintain a .500 record through his first five seasons with the program, Willard's Pirates finally broke through in the 2015–16 season, as they won the Big East Tournament Championship over the eventual national champion Villanova Wildcats. With the win, Seton Hall secured the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006 and the first Big East Tournament Championship since 1993. However, the magic could not continue in the NCAA Tournament, as the team was defeated by the 11th-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs in the First Round. In 2017, the Pirates were again eliminated in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament by the Arkansas Razorbacks, but the Pirates would win their first tournament game in fourteen years upon defeating the NC State Wolfpack in 2018's First Round before being defeated by the Kansas Jayhawks in the Second Round. Following the graduation of starting seniors Khadeen Carrington, Ángel Delgado, Desi Rodriguez, and Ismael Sanogo, the Pirates would appear in their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history in 2019. Led by the play of standout junior guard Myles Powell, the Pirates, at risk of missing the tournament sitting on a 16–12 overall and 7–9 Big East record, won their final two regular season games at home against 16th-ranked Marquette and 23rd-ranked Villanova and advanced to the Big East Final where they lost a rematch to Villanova by two points. Ultimately, they secured a #10 seed in the tournament following their performance down the stretch, and fell to the Wofford Terriers in a First Round game in which Fletcher Magee would break Division I's all-time three-point scoring record.

All-time coaching records

NameYearsRecordWin pct.
William Caffrey1908–0910–4(.714)
Dick McDonough1909–106–2(.750)
Jim Flanagan1910–114–0(1.000)
Frank Hill1911–30192–75(.719)
Dan Steinberg1930–3112–11(.522)
Les Fries1931–3318–13(.581)
John Colrick1933–358–22(.267)
Bob Davies 1946–4724–3(.889)
Jack Reitemeier1947–4934–12(.739)
John Russell 1936–43
1949-60
295–129(.696)
Richard Regan 1960–70112–131(.461)
Bill Raftery 1970–81154–141(.522)
Hoddy Mahon1981–8211–16(.407)
P.J. Carlesimo 1982–94212–166(.561)
George Blaney 1994–9738–48(.442)
Tommy Amaker 1997–0168–55(.540)
Louis Orr 2001–0680–69(.537)
Bobby Gonzalez 2006–1066–59(.528)
Kevin Willard 2010–191–137(.582)

Postseason

Notable players and coaches

Honored and retired jerseys

Seton Hall Pirates retired numbers
No.PlayerPositionCareer
3 Frank Saul G/F 1942–43, 1946–49
5 Walter Dukes C 1950–53
8 Bobby Wanzer G 1942–43, 1946–47
11 Bob Davies G 1939–42
12 Richie Regan G 1950–53
24 Terry Dehere SG 1989–93
34 Glenn Mosley PF 1973-77
44 Nick Werkman G 1961–64 [7]

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Year InductedNamePositionYears at Seton Hall
1964 John "Honey" Russell Coach1936–1943, 1949–60
1970 Bob Daviimaes Player/Coach1939–1942, 1946–47
1987 Bobby Wanzer Player1942–1943, 1946–47
2017 Nick Galis Player1975–1979

FIBA Hall of Fame

Year InductedNameYears at Seton Hall
2007 Nikos Galis 1975–1979
2013 Andrew Gaze 1988–1989

Pirates in international leagues

Awards and honors

See also

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The 2016–17 Big East Conference men's basketball season began with practices in October 2016, followed by the start of the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. This season marked the 38th year in the conference's history, but the fourth as a non-football conference, which officially formed on July 1, 2013. Conference play began on December 31, 2016.

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2017–18 Villanova Wildcats mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 2017–18 Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team represented Villanova University in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Led by head coach Jay Wright in his 17th year, the Wildcats played their home games at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as members of the Big East Conference. The Wildcats finished the season 36–4, 14–4 in Big East play to finish in second place. They defeated Marquette, Butler, and Providence to win the Big East Tournament championship. As a result, they received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seed in the East region, their third No.1 seed in four years. They defeated Radford, Alabama, West Virginia, and Texas Tech to advance to the Final Four for the second time in three years. In the National Semifinal, they defeated Kansas before defeating Michigan in the National Championship game to win their second national championship in three years. They won every game of the tournament by a double-digit margin and the team's tournament run has been called the most dominant ever along with being called among the best seasons of all time.

2017–18 Seton Hall Pirates mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 2017–18 Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team represented Seton Hall University in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by eighth-year head coach Kevin Willard. The Pirates played their home games at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey and Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, New Jersey as members of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 22–12, 10–8 in Big East play to finish in a three-way tie for third place. In the Big East Tournament, they lost to Butler in the quarterfinals. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 8 seed in the Midwest region. There they defeated NC State in the First Round before losing to Kansas in the Second Round.

2017–18 Marquette Golden Eagles mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 2017–18 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team represented Marquette University in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Golden Eagles, led by fourth-year head coach Steve Wojciechowski, played their home games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center as members of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 21–14, 9–9 in Big East play to finish in a tie for sixth place. As the No. 7 seed in the Big East Tournament, they defeated DePaul in the first round before losing to eventual tournament champion Villanova in the quarterfinals. They received an at-large bid to the National Invitation Tournament where they defeated Harvard in the first round and Oregon in the second round before losing to Penn State in the quarterfinals.

The 2019 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament was the men's basketball postseason tournament for the Big East Conference. It was held from March 13 through March 16, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Villanova defeated Seton Hall 74–72 to win the tournament, and the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. With the win, Villanova became the first team to win the Big East Tournament three consecutive times.

2019–20 Seton Hall Pirates mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 2019–20 Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team represented Seton Hall University in the 2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They are led by tenth-year head coach Kevin Willard. The Pirates played their home games at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey and Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, New Jersey as members of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 21–9, 13–5 in Big East play, which put them in a three-way tie for first place. As the No. 3 seed in the Big East Tournament, they were slated to play Marquette in the quarterfinals, but the Tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the rest of the NCAA postseason.

2020–21 Seton Hall Pirates mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 2020–21 Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team represented Seton Hall University in the 2020–21 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by eleventh-year head coach Kevin Willard. The Pirates played their home games at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey and Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, New Jersey as members of the Big East Conference.

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