1. Blocked shots and Jaden Bediako's great play
The Biggest question heading into the year, and the difference between this team being elite or a doormat of the Big East, was the big man situation. Holloway went out and got Elijah Hutchins-Everett from Austin Peay and Jaden Bediako from Santa Clara. Bediako got the start to open the year, and he has run away with that opportunity all season long.
Bediako finished with six points, five blocks, five rebounds, and plenty of great defensive moments down low. He has become one of the more underrated big men in this conference, but he has been putting himself on the map in recent play. Seton Hall now has their big man for this season, and he has been that necessity for this team to come out and pick up wins against these tough Big East teams.
As a whole, this team had a block party in Indianapolis with 13 shots blocked as a unit, including Bediako seven different players picked up a block which is just such a great sign of a cohesive team defense. In this conference, you need to be able to send shots away at the rim, and that is what you get when you recruit players with length and great defensive ability.
Seton Hall has a date with Rick Pitino and St. John's on Tuesday at the Prudential Center, and with the Red Storm also being as hot as they are, that will be a great matchup for the Big East. Will the Pirates keep up their great run as they return home? We will see, but this is as good of a start as this team could ask for so far.