3. Three-point shooting is their kryptonite
Seton Hall is at their best when they do not shoot a ton of threes and focus on getting inside and getting to the free-throw line. However, it is tough to win a game like this when you only make five threes throughout the entire game. They only shot it 14 times, which is exactly what they should be doing, but their identity found a way to hold them back in this one.
This especially rings true when you take on a Creighton Blue Jays team that has an identity that is quite the opposite of Seton Hall as they love to shoot a bunch of threes. Creighton went 13-36 from behind the arc in this one, while the efficiency for them was just alright, they still had that ability to hit tough shots down the stretch.
However, when Seton Hall runs into a team like this, basic match means that they are going to have to play a near-perfect game with great defense on that perimeter to come out on top. The Pirates almost did that, but the Blue Jays did what they had to do, and knocked down some clutch shots at the end. Late-game efficiency bit the Pirates at the end, with Dawes missing some clutch shots, and the loss of Dre Davis to fouling out also hurt them.
Seton Hall had a lot to be proud of, but their clear perimeter weakness got exposed a bit despite their great run this season.