Coming into this week, Seton Hall finds themselves entering an early key stretch in their Big East schedule.
The Pirates currently sit on a 12-3 record with a 2-1 mark in conference play and will kick off the week on Wednesday as they travel to Marquette to take on the Golden Eagles. The last time these two teams met, Seton Hall was somehow able to pull off a 69-66 victory thanks to Marquette’s inability to haul in offensive rebounds on missed Seton Hall free throws.
Quite frankly, Marquette handed Seton Hall that game and the Pirates should be looking at a 1-2 record in the Big East instead of a 2-1 mark. The Golden Eagles will be hungry to knock off a Seton Hall team that they know they should have beat the first time around on the road.
Don’t think that the Pirates wont be playing with some fire as well, as they find themselves on the verge of being back in the top 25, currently sitting at #27. Angel Delgado led the way with 18 points and 12 rebounds against Marquette big man Luke Fischer the first time around and he will be looking to control the paint again in this matchup. The Pirates were able to survive a poor shooting performance (4-13) from junior guard Khadeen Carrington in the first game, so he will be looking to make more of a contribution on Wednesday night as well.
Seton Hall will travel to Providence on Saturday and they will look to take advantage of a reeling Providence squad that lost a tight one to DePaul on Tuesday night. The Friars have dropped five of their last six, the only win coming over Georgetown.
After Providence comes the real test for the Hall. With only one day to prepare, which head coach Kevin Willard is very unhappy about, Seton Hall will travel to the Pavilion to take on Villanova. This will be the first time that the two teams have met since Seton Hall knocked off the Wildcats in last year’s Big East tournament championship game. It’s not going to be any easier for the Pirates to come away victorious this time around, as Seton Hall has not won a game at Villanova since 1994 and for the most part, Villanova does not lose at home in general.
It will be key for Seton Hall to return home from this road trip having gone 2-1 rather than 1-2 or 0-3. Losing to Villanova on the road would be understandable and even expected, but the Pirates need to take care of Marquette and Providence teams that are currently below them in the Big East standings.
Dropping games to either Marquette or Providence would put the Pirates in the position to have some must-win games coming up when they return home to take on St. John’s and Butler.
Although the team has played plenty of games at neutral sites this season, this will be their first true road trip of the season. How they perform on this first trip will say a lot about this team and could potentially set the tone moving forward.
It’s time to see just how tough this team really is.