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Bracketology 2012: Seton Hall Basketball Still In NCAA Tournament Field Entering Big East Tournament

The Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball program's attempt to solidify the NCAA Tournament will begin Tuesday, when they face the Providence Friars in the first round of the Big East Conference Tournament at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m. on ESPNU).

The Pirates enter the contest needing a victory that would help them get off the March Madness bubble. As of Tuesday, Bracketologist have Seton Hall making 68-team field, however, all that could change if the No. 15-seeded Friars upset the No. 10 Pirates.


Seton Hall's Precarious NCAA Tournament Position

Here's a composite look at what the Bracketologists are projecting for Seton Hall basketball entering Big East Tournament play on Tuesday:

SB Nation's Dobbertean: No. 12 seed vs. UNLV
SI.com's Glockner: No. 12 vs. No. 5 Cheighton Blue Jays
CollegeHoops.net: No. 12
ESPN's Lunadri: No. 12, first-round contest vs. No. 12 Xavier Musketeers

For more on Seton Hall basketball, check out the SB Nation blog South Orange Juice. If you'd like some more Bracketology fun, visit Blogging The Bracket, while this SB Nation New York StoryStream will keep up dated on the latest rankings and NCAA Tournament projections.

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2012 Big East Basketball Tournament: Seton Hall Vs. Providence Preview

Save for a nearly month-long, six-game losing streak in January, Seton Hall could find its NCAA Tournament standing much more secure as postseason play begins.

Tuesday night, the No. 10 seed Pirates (19-11, 8-10 Big East) will face the No. 15 seed Providence Friars (15-16, 4-14 Big East) in the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. The game will tip-off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU and ESPN3D.

Seton Hall entered Big East play back in late December with an 11-1 record, with its only loss coming Nov. 20 against Northwestern. But in their conference opener, the Pirates were steamrolled by the Syracuse Orange (the conference tourney's No. 1 seed).

Seton Hall rebounded with a four-game winning streak, but then game the six-game skid. Four of the losses came on the road, including on trips to South Florida (the Big East's No. 6 seed) Marquette (No. 2) and Connecticut (No. 9). Seton Hall also dropped home games in that stretch to Notre Dame (No. 3) and Louisville (No. 7). The Pirates rebounded four of their next five, though a two-game skid to end the season (losses to Rutgers and DePaul) eliminated much of that momentum.

Providence, meanwhile, entered Big East play with a 11-2 record before losing eight of its first nine conference games. A 78-67 home win against Rutgers Feb. 1 stemmed the tide, though the Friars proceeded to lose its next five. They ended the regular season with two straight wins against DePaul and Connecticut before losing 75-69 at Notre Dame Friday.

The Pirates had three players finish the season scoring in double-digits. Senior guard Jordan Theodore led the team with 16.0 points and 6.7 assists per game, while senior forward Herb Pope averaged a double-double with 15.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard/forward Fuquan Edwin scored 12.6 points and also averaged 3.1 steals per game, second-most in the nation.

Providence had four players finish with at least 10 points per game, led by junior guard Vincent Council with 16.2. Sophomore guard Bryce Cotton averaged 14.4 and freshman forward LaDontae Henton scored 14.3. Sophomore guard Gerard Coleman was fourth with 13.5.

For complete coverage of the Big East Tournament 2012, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream.

For a SB Nation New York preview of other Big East schools, click on its respective links: Syracuse, Marquette, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Georgetown, South Florida, Louisville, West Virginia, Connecticut, Seton Hall, Rutgers, St. John's, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Providence, DePaul.

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Big East Tournament 2012: Late Season Collapse Has Seton Hall In Precarious NCAA Tournament Position

Seton Hall can win its way into the NCAA Tournament this week. It didn't have to be that way.

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Rutgers Vs. Seton Hall Preview

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look to snap their longest losing skid of the season Saturday evening when they visit the Seton Hall Pirates. (5 p.m., ESPN U)

Rutgers has dropped six straight, including five by double figures, to fall to 4-11 in the Big East. The Scarlet Knights' most recent setback came Wednesday at Marquette. Four Rutgers players managed double figures, led by 14 points from freshman Jerome Seagears, but Marquette cruised to the 82-65 victory thanks largely to 27 points from Jae Crowder.

Seton Hall boosted its NCAA Tournament at-large berth hopes with a crucial 73-55 home win against Georgetown Tuesday. The Pirates have now won four out of five, with their only loss in that span coming by five points at Cincinnati last Saturday, 62-57.



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Seton Hall Vs. Georgetown Final Score: Pirates Strengthen Resume With Big Win Over Hoyas

The Seton Hall Pirates took a major step toward solidifying an NCAA Tournament bid on Tuesday, beating the Georgetown Hoyas 73-55 at the Prudential Center. The Pirates led by seven points halftime and kept pouring in the points while holding the Hoyas to just 27 points in the second half.

Jordan Theodore was the star, leading all scorers for 29 points. He was perfect from beyond the 3-point arc (5-for-5) and the free throw line (8-for-8), adding five assists and four rebounds. For the game, the Pirates shot 61 percent from the field and 61.5 percent behind the arc.

The Hoyas simply couldn't keep pace. Hollis Thompson had just eight points on the night, going 2-for-4 on his 3-point attempts, but 1-for-5 on everything else. The rest of Georgetown's starting five wasn't any better. Markel Starks was 1-for-9 from the field in just 26 minutes of play, while Jason Clark was largely a non-factor in scoring seven points.

The Pirates were a projected 11-seed in this week's tournament seedings by SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean. Nothing is assured at this point, but the team should be feeling pretty confident about its chances of heading to the Big Dance.



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Seton Hall Vs. Georgetown: Pirates Host No. 9 Hoyas At The Prudential Center

The Seton Hall Pirates will try to earn their second victory over a top-10 ranked program Tuesday, when they host the No. 9-ranked Georgetown Hoyas in a Big East Conference men's basketball game at the Prudential Center (7 p.m. on SNY). The Pirates (18-9, 7-8 Big East) are looking to bounce-back from loss and secure a NCAA Tournament bid, while the Hoyas (20-5, 10-4) are winners of four of their last five games.r

On Saturday, Seton Hall had its three-game winning streak snapped with a loss at the Cincinnati Bearcats, 62-57. Senior point guard Jordan Theodore and sophomore forward Fuquan Edwin each scored a team-best 15 points, while senior forward Herb Pope collected 10 points and 14 rebounds.

This season, the Pirates are 1-2 against top-25 opponents, as they lost to the Syracuse Orange and Marquette Golden Eagles, but downed the Connecticut Huskies. Last season, Seton Hall shocked No. 9-ranked Syracuse at the Carrier Dome, 90-68.

Meanwhile, Georgetown is looking to move one step closer to locking up a double-bye in the Big East Tournament, March 6-10 at Madison Square Garden. Currently, the Hoyas are in fourth place in the league standing and would earn the double-bye, however, Georgetown still has four regular-season contests remaining and a slip up could lead to drop in its season.

In the history of this Big East series, Georgetown has earned victories in six of the last seven meetings. The last Seton Hall victory game in 2009 when the Pirates downed the visiting Hoyas, 65-60.

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St. John's Vs. Seton Hall Final Score: Pirates Win Handily, 94-64, Over Red Storm

The Seton Hall Pirates dismantled the St. John's Red Storm, 94-64, on Tuesday night. The Pirates shot 62.5 percent from behind the 3-point arc in the win.

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Seton Hall Vs. Pittsburgh Final Score: Pirates Edge Panthers, 73-66

Senior forward Herb Pope tallied a team-best 19 points and collected 14 rebounds to help the Seton Hall Pirates hold off the Pittsburgh Panthers 73-66 in a Big East Conference men's basketball game at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The victory allowed the Pirates (17-8, 6-7 Big East) to earn back-to-back victories for the first time in over a month, while the Panthers (15-11, 4-9) dropped their second straight.

Senior guard Ashton Gibbs netted a game-high 26 points on 9-of-20 shooting for Pitt, which led 61-55 with 8:12 remaining in the game.

However, a 10-0 run helped the Pirates take a 65-61 lead with just under five minutes to go. From there, Seton Hall cemented the victory once Pitt's Nabir Robinson fouled Pope too hard and was whistled for a flagrant foul. Pope made all four free throws, eliminating any chance of a late comeback from the Panthers.

Freshman guard Aaron Crosby netted 19 points, while senior guard Jordan Theodore scored 15 and dished out nine assists.

For more on Seton Hall basketball, check out the SB Nation blog South Orange Juice, while Cardiac Hill is all about the Pitt Panthers.


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Seton Hall 59, Rutgers 54: Pirates Snap Six-Game Skid

Seton Hall holds on to hope for March with close win

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Seton Hall Vs. UConn Final Score: Pirates Fall To Huskies

The Seton Hall Pirates fell to 15-8 overall and 4-7 in Big East play this season with a 69-46 loss to the Connecticut Huskies Saturday afternoon. The Pirates have now lost six consecutive games after beginning the season 15-2. Their last win was January 10 against DePaul – nearly a month ago.

The Pirates were held to 27 percent shooting, committed 15 turnovers, shot 19 percent on 26 three pointers attempted and 57 percent from the free throw line. That's a pretty good recipe for a loss. Two Pirates scored in double figures, Jordan Theodore and Aaron Crosby with 10 a piece.

The Pirates next game is scheduled for February 8 against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

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Seton Hall Vs. UConn Preview

The Seton Hall Pirates visit the Connecticut Huskies Saturday at noon (SNY) during the first game of Jim Calhoun's indefinite medical leave of absence.

Calhoun, the Hall of Fame UConn coach, announced Friday through the school his intentions to take an indefinite leave of absence due to a worsening back condition called spinal stenosis. The Huskies had already been struggling, losing four straight, including three Big East tilts.

Seton Hall has followed a four-game winning streak with five consecutive losses, the latest a 66-59 defeat Tuesday at the hands of Marquette. The Pirates, paced by Herb Pope's 16 points and seven rebounds, led by as many as 11 points but could not close the door on the Golden Eagles.

SB Nation's South Orange Juice has everything on Seton Hall basketball. For more on Big East basketball, visit the SB Nation blog Big East Coast Bias. For more news and analysis from the day in NCAA hoops, visit SB Nation's college basketball hub.

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Seton Hall Vs. Marquette Final Score: Pirates FallTo Golden Eagles, 66-59

The Seton Hall Pirates were poised to upset the No. 15 Marquette Golden Eagles, taking a 32-26 lead into halftime Tuesday. Ultimately, though, Jae Crowder proved too much to handle, leading Marquette on a 16-2 run to start the second half on the way to a 66-59 victory in Big East Conference basketball action. This was Seton Hall's fifth consecutive loss.

Crowder finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 6-for-11 from the field and 8-for-9 from the free-throw line. The Eagles (19-4 overall, 8-2 Big East) held a massive advantage from the charity stripe on the night, going 20-for-28 compared to 4-for-6 for the Pirates.

Herb Pope did his best to keep Seton Hall (15-7 overall, 4-6 Big East) in the game, pacing the Pirates with 16 points. He could not make up for a poor night shooting from Jordan Theodore, who was the team's leading scorer heading into the night. Theodore went just 3-for-14 from the field for seven points.

SB Nation's South Orange Juice has everything on Seton Hall basketball. For more on Big East basketball, visit the SB Nation blog Big East Coast Bias. For more news and analysis from the day in NCAA hoops, visit SB Nation's college basketball hub.

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Seton Hall Vs. Marquette: Pirates Try To Snap Four-Game Skid At Golden Eagles

The Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball program will try and snap a four-game losing streak Tuesday, but they'll need to do it on the road as they visit the No. 15-ranked Marquette Golden Eagles for a Big East Conference game at the Bradley Center (8 p.m. on SNY). The Pirates (15-6, 4-5 Big East) are reeling after racing off to their best start to a season since 1992-93, while the Golden Eagles (18-4, 7-2) have earned seven straight league victories.

The Pirates begin Big East play earning victories in four of their first five games helping them creep into the top 25, Jan. 9., in the AP Poll (No. 24). Since then, Seton Hall has played very poorly and Saturday's 60-51 loss, which featured Seton Hall shooting just 27.6-percent from the floor, against the Louisville Cardinals was proof that.

Currently, senior point guard Jordan Theodore leads the team in scoring with 16.1 points per game but has struggled as of late.

Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles are rolling after losing its first two league games to the Georgetown Hoyas and Syracuse Orange, respectively. On Saturday, Marquette rallied from a 18-point deficit to down earn a victory at Villanova Wildcats, 82-78.

So far this season, Marquette is 11-1 at the Bradley Center with its only loss coming against the Vanderbilt Commodores, Dec.29.

Statically, senior guard Darius Johnson-Odom is pacing the Golden Eagles in scoring with 18.5 ppg, while senior forward Jae Crowder is netting 16.4 ppg and collecting a team-best 7.4 rebounds per game.

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Seton Hall Vs. Louisville Preview: Pirates Host Cardinals On Saturday Night

The Seton Hall Pirates look to snap a three-game losing skid on Saturday night when they host the Louisville Cardinals at 8 p.m. (SNY)

Seton Hall had been unbeaten at home before a Wednesday loss against Notre Dame. Jordan Theodore was the only Pirate to score in double figures with 11, and the team's 26.3 percent shooting effort contributed largely to the 55-42 defeat. Leading scorer Herb Pope shot just 2-16 from the field and finished with just five points and seven rebounds.

Louisville has righted the ship with two straight victories, following a stretch during which the Cardinals lost three out of four. The Cardinals defeated Villanova 84-74 on Wednesday, and handled Pittsburgh 73-62 last week.



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Seton Hall Vs. Notre Dame Final Score: Pirates Fall, 55-42

The Seton Hall Pirates lost their second straight game in Big East play on Wednesday night. The visiting Notre Dame Fighting Irish beat the Pirates by a final score of 55-42. The loss carries implications for the Pirates in the conference standings, taking away their chance to crawl into a third-place tie.

Senior forward Herb Pope, the Pirates' leading scorer, was held to just five points for the game. He did manage to add seven rebounds in the defensive affair. Jordan Theodore led the team with 11 points. Fuquan Edwin had a team-high 12 rebounds.

The Pirates are now 3-2 in their last five games. Tonight's loss makes it three losses in a row. For the season, Seton Hall now has a 15-4 record. They are 4-4 in the Big East. Their next game is Saturday at home against the Louisville Cardinals.

SB Nation's South Orange Juice has everything on Seton Hall basketball. For more on Big East basketball, visit the SB Nation blog Big East Coast Bias. For more news and analysis from the day in NCAA hoops, visit SB Nation's college basketball hub.

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Seton Hall Vs. Notre Dame: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Seton Hall Pirates are looking to snap their two-game losing streak Wednesday night against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Prudential Center.

Seton Hall (15-4, 4-3) is coming off a pasting at the hands of Villanova in which it gave 84 points. Tonight marks the beginning of a huge stretch for the Pirates. After Notre Dame, Seton Hall plays three ranked opponents consecutively in Louisville, Marquette and Connecticut. This is a part of the schedule that could brand Kevin Willard's team as either a contender or pretender.

The Fighting Irish (12-8, 4-3) come into Newark after handing Syracuse its first loss of the season. Granted the Orange were short-handed, but Notre Dame stuck it to them, holding Jim Boeheim's crew to just 58 points.

Similar to the Pirates, this game is the last before showdowns against two ranked teams (UConn and Marquette). Senior forward Tim Abromaitis is the key for Notre Dame. He leads them in scoring and ranks second in rebounding.

Seton Hall will need Jordan Theodore to rebound after his miserable performance against Villanova, in which he shot 2 for 16. Theodore and Herb Pope will need to lead the Pirates onto the court in a match-up tonight that will shake up the Big East standings.

The game can be seen on MSG+ with a 7 p.m. ET tip-off.

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Seton Hall Basketball: Is It Time For Pirates Fans To Push The Panic Button?

The Seton Hall Pirates dropped their second straight game Wednesday night, and senior guard Jordan Theodore is playing poorly. Is it time for Pirates fans to start panicking? SB Nation New York's Jared Smith doesn't think so.

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Seton Hall Vs. Villanova: Wildcats Sink Pirates, 84-76

The Seton Hall Pirates never overcame a nine-point halftime deficit on Wednesday night, losing on the road to the Villanova Wildcats 84-76 in Big East Conference basketball action.

The Pirates trailed 37-28 at the half. In the second half of the game, they closed the gap to just two points, but the Wildcats went on a run with eight unanswered points, six of them coming on free throws, at about the 12-minute mark.

Fuquan Edwin led the team with 14 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists. Herb Pope, the team's leading scoring who was averaging 17 points per game, was held to just 10 points. He also had eight rebounds, one assist, three steals and three blocked shots.

The loss drops the Pirates to 4-3 in the Big East and 15-4 overall. It's their second straight loss, but only their third since Nov. 20.

The Pirates are off again until next Wednesday, Jan. 25, when they host Notre Dame. Villanova plays St. John's at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

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Seton Hall Vs. Villanova: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Pirates have a big game tonight against a lackluster yet talented Villanova squad. Kevin Willard's crew will no be looking to bounce back from the disappointing loss against South Florida.

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College Basketball Rankings, Week 11: Syracuse Still No. 1; Seton Hall Out Of Top 25

For the sixth straight week the Syracuse Orange men's basketball program is ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll, released Monday afternoon. The string atop the college basketball rankings ties a school record, which was set during the 1989-90 season. The Orange (19-0, 6-0 Big East Conference) earned 60 of the 65 first-place votes, as the Kentucky Wildcats got four while the Baylor Bears received one.

Last week, Syracuse earned a road victory at the Villanova Wildcats, Tuesday, and then defeated the visiting Providence Friars at home Saturday. On Monday, the Orange put their unblemished record on the line as they host the Pittsburgh Panthers in a ESPN "Big Monday" showdown at the Carrier Dome (7:30 p.m.).

Meanwhile, the Seton Hall Pirates (15-4, 4-2) were left out of the AP poll after earning the No. 24 spot last week. That was the first time the Pirates were ranked in the top 25 since Jan. of 2011.

On Friday, Seton Hall lost at the South Florida Bulls, 56-55.

Here's the complete AP Poll:

1.) Syracuse Orange (19-0)
2) Kentucky Wildcats (17-1)
3) Baylor Bears (17-0)
4) Duke Blue Devils (15-2)
5) Missouri Tigers (16-1)
6) Ohio St. Buckeyes (16-3)
7) Kansas Jayhawks (14-3)
8) North Carolina Tar Heels (15-3)
9) Michigan St. Spartans (15-3)
10) Georgetown Hoyas (14-3)
11) Indiana Hoosiers (15-3)
12) Murray St. Racers (18-0)
13) Connecticut Huskies (14-3)
14) UNLV Runnin' Rebels (16-3)
15) Virginia Cavaliers (14-2)
16) San Diego St. Aztecs (15-2)
17) Florida Gators (14-4)
18) Mississippi St. Bulldogs (15-3)
19) Creighton Bluejays (16-2)
20) Michigan Wolverines (14-4)
21) Marquette Golden Eagles (14-4)
22) Illinois Fighting Illini (15-3)
23) Louisville Cardinals (14-4)
24) St. Mary's, Calif. Gaels (17-2)
25) Kansas St. Wildcats (12-4)

SB Nation's blog South Orange Juice has everything on the Pirates, while Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician is all about the Orange. For more on Big East basketball, visit the SB Nation blog Big East Coast Bias. If you're a college basketball nut, well, SB Nation's college basketball hub will solve your hoops cravings.

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Seton Hall Vs. South Florida: Pirates Fall To Bulls 56-55

The Seton Hall Pirates lost, 56-55, on the road to the South Florida Bulls in Tampa Bay Times Forum. By losing to the Bulls, the No. 24 Pirates snapped a four-game winning streak and now have a 15-3 record and are 4-2 in the Big East. The Bulls are now 10-8 with a 3-2 Big East record.

Seton Hall was led by Jordan Theodore who scored 16 points against the Bulls. Only two other players from the starting lineup added points. They were Aaron Cosby, who scored five, and Fuquan Edwin, who added four. Haralds Karlis came off the bench and scored 12 points while Herb Pope added 10 and Patrick Auda added eight. The Bulls were led by Ron Anderson Jr., who scored 14 points. Victor Rudd added nine points while Jawanza Poland and Toarlyn Fitzpatrick both added six. Augustus Gilchrist, Anthony Collins and Hugh Robertson came off the bench to combine for 21 points.

With the loss, Seton Hall sits in fourth place in the Big East while South Florida is in eighth place with the win. The Pirates are set to take on the Villanova Wildcats on the road on January 18 while the Bulls are scheduled to host the St. John's Red Storm on the same day.

For more updates on Big East basketball, check out Big East Coast Bias.

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Seton Hall Vs. South Florida Preview

The 15-2 Seton Hall Pirates travel to Tampa this evening to face the 9-8 South Florida Bulls in Big East Conference basketball action. The Pirates, ranked No. 24 in the AP Top 25, look to continue their hot conference play, as they have won four consecutive Big East games following their loss to number one ranked Syracuse.

South Florida is coming off a 60-49 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in which they shot 38 percent from the floor. The Bulls rank 185th in the nation in team field goal percentage at 43 percent and score only 61 points per game. The Bulls have only two players who score in double figures and neither scores over 12 points per game. The Pirates, on the other hand, have three players averaging 15 or more points per game.

The Bulls are a good home team, winning five of their last six there, with their only loss coming to ninth ranked Connecticut, by only three points. The Pirates are 3-1 on the road this season with their only loss coming to Syracuse.

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Seton Hall Vs. DePaul: No. 24 Pirates Host Blue Demons In Big East Contest

A day after the Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball program earned a No. 24 ranking in the latest AP Poll for the first time since 2001, they host the DePaul Blue Demons in a Big East Conference game (7 p.m. on ESPN3) at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The Pirates (14-2, 3-1 Big East) are searching for their fourth consecutive victory, while the Blue Demons (10-5, 1-2) will be trying to rebound from a 87-71 loss Sunday at the Villanova Wildcats.

On Saturday, the Pirates followed up an upset victory, 75-63, over No. 17 (then No. 8) Connecticut Huskies by downing host Providence Friars, 66-57, at the Dunkin Donuts Center. The victory was enough for Seton Hall to crack the top 25 in the AP Poll, however, not enough to earn a spot in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.


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Currently, senior forward Herb Pope is second in the Big East in scoring and rebound. However, it has been the play of sophomore forward Fuquan Edwin, who tallied collegiate-best 24 points, nine rebound and five steals against Providence, and senior point guard Jordan Theodore, who has averaged 17.0 ppg., a conference-best 9.3 assists per game and 3.7 steals per game in the Pirates last three games.


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Meanwhile, two sophomores, guard Brandon Young and forward Cleveland Melvin, pace DePaul which has already matched its league win total from last season. Melvin is pacing the Blue Demons in scoring (18.9 ppg) and rebounding (6.4), while Young is averaging 17.1 ppg and a team-best 5.1 assist per game.



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College Basketball Rankings, Week 10: Seton Hall Ranked No. 24, Syracuse Still No. 1 In AP Poll

For the first time since January of 2001 the Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball program is ranked in the college basketball polls, as the Pirates (14-2, 3-1 Big East Conference) were voted No. 24 in the AP Poll, released Monday afternoon. The announcement of the college polls was a much anticipated one for Seton Hall basketball fans, who witnessed their program last Tuesday upset No. 17 (last week No. 8) Connecticut Huskies, 75-63, down the Providence Friars, 66-57, Saturday.

The pair of victories extended Seton Hall's current winning streak to three games, all coming in league play, and were enough to help the Pirates sneak into the AP's top 25.

"This is cause for celebration among the Pirate faithful," wrote Jason Guerette of SB Nation's Seton Hall blog South Orange Juice Monday. "A return to the Top-25 is just the latest signal of how far this program has come in just a short time under Kevin Willard, and how much hard work and leadership really do pay off."

Unfortunately, the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll did not rank Seton Hall in the top 25. Last week, the Pirates received two votes in the AP rankings but couldn't crack the list.

As for the the unbeaten Syracuse Orange (17-0, 4-0), who manhandled the Pirates, 75-49, Dec. 28, they earned the No. 1 ranking in both polls for the fifth straight week. The Orange, who last week defeated Providence and No. 25 Marquette Golden Eagles, are closing in on the program's all-time record for consecutive weeks at No. 1, which currently stands at six -- set by the 1989-90 squad.

In the AP Poll, behind Syracuse is: Kentucky Wildcats, North Carolina Tar Heels and Baylor Bears, respectively. The Ohio St. Buckeyes sneaked into the top 5 after the Duke Blue Devils lost to the Temple Owls Tuesday and dropped to No. 8 in the AP and No. 6 in the Coaches.

Other notables in the top 10 are: No. 6/7 Michigan St. Spartans, No. 7/8 Indiana Hoosiers, No. 9 Missouri Tigers and No. 10 Kansas Jayhawks. Currently, Baylor (15-0) is the only other unbeaten team in the top 10.

Meanwhile, the Big East continues to have a solid mix of programs in the top 25, as Georgetown Hoyas was ranked No. 11/11, Louisville Cardinals (No. 14/15) and UConn (17/16). Marquette is ranked No. 25 in the Coaches Poll.

For the complete rankings, visit SI.com for the AP Poll and here for the Coaches Poll.

SB Nation's blog South Orange Juice has everything on the Pirates, while Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician is all about the Orange. For more on Big East basketball, visit the SB Nation blog Big East Coast Bias. If you're a college basketball nut, well, SB Nation's college basketball hub will solve your hoops cravings.

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Providence Vs. Seton Hall Final Score: Pirates Hold Off Friars, 66-57

Sophomore forward Fuquan Edwin netted a collegiate-best 24 points Saturday night to help the Seton Hall Pirates defeat the Providence Friars, 66-57, in a Big East Conference game at the Dunkin Donuts Center. The Pirates (14-2, 3-1 Big East), who upset the No. 8 Connecticut Huskies Tuesday, should have a good enough resume to earn a spot in the college basketball rankings for the first time since 2001. The weekly top 25 rankings come out Monday afternoon.

Ahead by just one with 3:23 remaining in the game, Seton Hall turned to senior point guard Jordan Theodore for a second straight game. Theodore, who netted all of his points 19 points in the second half Tuesday, hit a pull-up jumper and cemented the victory nailing five free throws down the stretch.

Junior guard Vincent Council paced the Friars (11-6, 0-4) with 23 points.

Seton Hall led 32-29 at halftime and led by as much as 11 points.

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Providence Vs. Seton Hall: Pirates Visit Friars In Big East Contest

The Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball program are hoping to avoid a letdown Saturday night, as they visit the Providence Friars are the Dunkin Donuts Center (6 p.m. on SNY).

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