Seton Hall Pirates
After a rough end of November/early December where the 9-5 (2-1) Pirates lost four out of five games, Shaheen Holloway’s club has shown serious signs of life with wins over Missouri, UConn and most recently a gutsy 61-57 road win over Providence on Wednesday night.
The Pirates now own two Q1 victories -- versus UConn and at Providence -- with a NET ranking that has climbed 36 spots from 113 on Dec. 16 to 77 on Jan. 4 with a KenPom ranking of 72 in the country.
Led by the duo of Kadary Richmond (15.3 Pts, 6.4 Reb, 4.4 As) and Dre Davis (13.6 Pts, 5.4 Reb, 1.4 Ast) alongside Al-Amir Dawes and Santa Clara transfer Jaden Bediako, the Pirates have the experience necessary for not only making a run to the NCAA Tournament but earning a respectable seed as well.
But it won’t come easy.
Big East play will remain a gauntlet for the Pirates as they will face Marquette on Jan. 6 followed by 12 more Q1/Q2 games on their schedule.
Buy or Sell the Pirates?
Although Seton Hall is not in the NCAA Tournament picture just yet, there is no doubt that if the Pirates keep playing like this, they will find their names on the TV screen come Selection Sunday. Due to the difficulty of their upcoming schedule, I would put stock into the Pirates but would proceed to buy with caution.