Pirates to Play Butler at MSG

Madison Square Garden

Today at 7 PM EST, the Seton Hall Pirates will face the Butler Bulldogs at Madison Square Garden in the annual Big East Tournament, with the winner having the “privilege” to play #3 and top-seeded Villanova. In the past (and only) two meetings between Seton Hall and Butler, Butler has bested the Pirates, including the regular season finale. Senior Fuquan Edwin and company looks to put a stop to that tonight, as this could very well be his last game as a Pirate. Luckily, the Pirates have some good fortune working for them today.

Even with birthday wishes, there is no way to sugarcoat it: Butler has the Pirates’ number this season. With their latest defeat (which ensured them a losing record), it was an embarrassing 71-54 effort put forth by the boys in blue. However, as detail oriented as HC Kevin Willard is, the Pirates will almost certainly not make the same mistakes again. Seton Hall is even ever so slightly favored to win this game, and they have an entire fan base hoping they do.

While not technically an inaugural tournament, this tournament is the debut of the New Big East. Last year during the conference realignment that saw the “Catholic 7” (Seton Hall, Villanova, St. John’s, Providence, Marquette, DePaul and Georgetown) break away from the D-I football schools (USF, Cincinnati, UConn, among others) to form their own basketball centric conference. During their departure, they made sure to retain the rights to the name “The Big East” as well as the very important conference tournament at Madison Square Garden. If anyone has any doubt, just remember that this is technically the postseason, which means that anything can happen. As always, Hazard Zet Forward and go Pirates!

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A Pirate Trap Hidden in Queens

Louisville Cardinals vs. Seton Hall Pirates 3.7.12

Today, the Seton Hall Pirates (11-7, 2-3 Big East) travel to Queens in New York to take on the St. John’s Red Storm (10-8, 0-5 Big East). From the view of a Pirates fan, I am very concerned. Sure, Seton Hall is coming off of a brilliant win against Georgetown, winning in DC for the first time in 10 years, but this seems like a trap game. I am not even sure that Seton Hall is good enough to officially have anything labeled a trap game, but it sure does feel like one.

The Red Storm have yet to win a Big East game. After going a very respectable 10-2 before Big East play, they lost 4 straight. Then came a double over-time loss against a strong Providence team. Next came a break in their conference schedule where they finally managed to get a win against Dartmouth. The Red Storm are getting better, while Seton Hall continues to deal with the injury bug that has plagued them for seasons.

Rather than playing at their usual venue of Madison Square Garden, this game takes place in the much humbler Carnesecca Arena on their campus, allowing a much more intimate and noisy atmosphere. Worse yet, I saw a truly terrifying tweet come up on my timeline.

That is an outstanding home record. If the Red Storm are going to finally get a win, the Carnesecca Arena is the place to do it. Tipoff is 7, and I hope the Pirates can rise to the occasion.