Seton Hall Pirates
With a 7-4 record non-conference record that included just a win over Missouri, Seton Hall was a team that had a lot of work to do in Big East play before being in the at-large conversation. And with three ranked opponents and 4 out of 6 games coming on the road, there was a chance that they could start out on a major slide.
However, after beating UConn to open league play, Seton Hall took on a pair of top-25 teams this past week. The first game was against Providence, a game that was close until the Friars lost star forward Bryce Hopkins to an injury, who is now out of the season. The Pirates took advantage to win 61-57, led by 16 points, eight rebounds, and six assists against Kadary Richmond and 17 points from Dre Davis.
On Saturday, the Pirates hosted top-10 Marquette, another close game that ultimately went to the underdogs. Seton Hall won 78-75, with Al-Amir Dawes scoring 23 points on 4/5 shooting from deep, joined by 21 points from Richmond. These were two Quad 1 wins, giving them three total.
The metrics still aren’t huge fans of Seton Hall but if they continue to stack up these signature wins, it ultimately won’t matter. They’ll have to be careful on the road coming up, with trips to Georgetown and Butler coming up.