Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball
|Seton Hall Pirates|
|University||Seton Hall University|
|Location||South Orange, NJ|
|Head coach||Kevin Willard (4th year)|
Blue, White, and Gray
|NCAA Tournament runner up|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1989, 1991, 1992, 2000|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2004, 2006|
|Conference tournament champions|
|Conference regular season champions|
The Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball program is the NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's basketball program of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. The team competes in the Big East Conference and plays their home games in the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Seton Hall first season of basketball occurred in 1903–04, but the school did not field a team again until 1908–09, the year in which the university achieved their first winning season. The school adopted the Pirate mascot in 1931, and the teams soon gained national prominence with the arrival of John "Honey" Russell in 1936. During an 18-year span, the Pirates racked up a 295–129 record that included an undefeated 19–0 record in 1939–40 as part of a 41-game unbeaten streak. Walsh Gymnasium was opened in 1941 to permanently house the basketball team and featured one of the best Seton Hall teams of all time, termed the "Wonder Five", which led by All-American Bob Davies, earned the school's first NIT bid in 1941. Following World War II, the Pirates were led by stars Frank Saul and Bobby Wanzer and regularly played games at Madison Square Garden. The peak of this era occurred in 1953 when Richie Regan and Walter Dukes defeated rival St. John's University for the NIT title. Perhaps the low point for the team occurred in 1961 when a point shaving scandal sullied the program, but the Pirates rebounded to return to the NIT in 1974 under coach Bill Raftery. Seton Hall became a charter member of the Big East Conference in 1979.
The high point of the Big East era for Seton Hall came when P. J. Carlesimo was hired in 1982 and the team began playing in the Meadowlands Arena. By 1988, Carlesimo led the Pirates to the school's first NCAA tournament appearance, and in 1989, he led the Hall to an unexpected tournament run to the NCAA Championship game, where they were defeated by Michigan in overtime. Success under Carlesimo continued with a Big East Tournament Championship and an Elite Eight appearance in 1991, a regular season Big East Championship and Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1992, and Big East Regular Season and Big East Tournament Championships in 1993. Carlesimo left to coach in the NBA following the 1993–94 season, but Seton Hall returned to the Sweet Sixteen in 2000 guided by coach Tommy Amaker, and appeared in the NCAA tournament in 2004 and 2006 coached by Louis Orr. In 2006–07, Bobby Gonzalez was hired to lead the Pirates, which moved its home games into the Prudential Center in 2007. Gonzalez amassed a 66–59 record at Seton Hall but was fired at the conclusion of the 2009–10 after a first-round NIT loss to Texas Tech. Concerns were raised in-house about the direction Gonzalez was taking the program, punctuated by several incidents, some involving Gonzalez and others involving student athletes. Shortly after his dismissal Gonzalez was arrested for shoplifting. Seton Hall hired current coach Kevin Willard for the 2010–11 season. Willard, the son of a prominent college coach, has yet to turn the corner at Seton Hall, struggling to maintain a .500 record through his first four seasons. Still young, Willard has the apparent support of the Administration and fan base and in the opinion of knowledgeable Hall observers, will be likely be afforded a fifth season to right the Pirate ship, based upon an uptick in recruiting and for fostering an improving public image of the program.
|1952–53||Honey Russell||31–2||NIT Final|
|Big East Conference (1979–present)|
|1988–89||P.J. Carlesimo||31–7||11–5||NCAA National Final|
|1995–96||George Blaney||12–16||7–11||(BE 7)|
|1996–97||George Blaney||10–18||5–13||(BE 7)|
|1997–98||Tommy Amaker||15–15||9–9||(BE 7)||NIT|
NCAA tournament results
The Pirates have appeared in the NCAA Tournament nine times. Their combined record is 15–9.
National Championship Game
|#14 Southwest Missouri State
L 79–80 OT
|#13 La Salle
|#15 Tennessee State
|1994||#10||First Round||#7 Michigan State||L 73–84|
#3 Oklahoma State
|W 72–71 OT
W 67–65 OT
|2006||#10||First Round||#7 Wichita State||L 66–86|
The Pirates have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 17 times. Their combined record is 8–18. They were NIT Champions in 1953.
3rd Place Game
3rd Place Game
|1952||First Round||La Salle||L 76–80|
|1955||First Round||Saint Francis (PA)||L 78–89|
|1957||First Round||Xavier||L 79–85|
|1974||First Round||Memphis||L 72–73|
|1977||First Round||Massachusetts||L 85–86|
|1987||First Round||Niagara||L 65–74|
|1995||First Round||Canisius||L 71–83|
|1998||First Round||Georgia Tech||L 70–88|
|1999||First Round||Old Dominion||L 56–75|
|2001||First Round||Alabama||L 79–85|
|2003||First Round||Rhode Island||L 60–61|
|2010||First Round||Texas Tech||L 69–87|
- Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
- Inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame
- Consensus All-Americans
- 1992–93 Terry Dehere
- 1981–82 Dan Callandrillo
- Big East Defensive Player of the Year
- Big East Coach of the Year
- #3 Frank Saul
- #5 Walter Dukes
- #8 Bobby Wanzer
- #11 Bob Davies
- #12 Richie Regan
- #24 Terry Dehere
- #34 Glenn Mosley
- #44 Nick Werkman
- NCAA Men's Division I Final Four appearances by coaches
- NCAA Men's Division I Final Four appearances by school
- 2008-09 2009-10 Seton Hall Men's Basketball Media Guide. 2009. pp. 64–65. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
- 2008-09 Big East Media Guide: The Record Book: The Big East in Postseason Play (All-Time). 2008. p. 149. Retrieved 2009-03-03.
- Seton Hall Pirates announce Kevin Willard as their next coach - ESPN
- . 2012. p. 139 title = 2012-13 Seton Hall Pirates Men's Basketball Media Guide http://issuu.com/setonhallpirates/docs/2012-13_men_s_basketball_media_guide?e=2617870/2103532 title = 2012-13 Seton Hall Pirates Men's Basketball Media Guide. Retrieved 2013-09-18. Missing or empty
- Prunty, Brendan. "Seton Hall's Fuquan Edwin named Big East Defensive Player of the Year". Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- 2008-09 2009-10 Seton Hall Men's Basketball Media Guide. 2009. p. 71. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
- 2008-09 2009-10 Seton Hall Men's Basketball Media Guide. 2009. p. 114. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
- Seton Hall Pirates Basketball official website