Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball

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Seton Hall Pirates
2013–14 Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team
Seton Hall Pirates athletic logo
University Seton Hall University
Conference Big East
Location South Orange, NJ
Head coach Kevin Willard (4th year)
Arena Prudential Center
(Capacity: 18,711)
Nickname Pirates
Colors

Blue, White, and Gray

                  
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
NCAA Tournament runner up
1989
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1989
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1989, 1991
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1989, 1991, 1992, 2000
NCAA Tournament appearances
1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2004, 2006
Conference tournament champions
1991, 1993
Conference regular season champions
1992, 1993

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.

History[edit]

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.[1] Seton Hall became a charter member of the Big East Conference in 1979.

The 1908–09 Seton Hall basketball team recorded the school's first winning record in its second season of play

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.[2] 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.[3] Seton Hall hired current coach Kevin Willard for the 2010–11 season.[4] 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.

Seasons[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
1903–04 No coach 2–3–1
1908–09 William Caffrey 10–4
1909–10 Dick McDonough 6–2
1910–11 Jim Flanagan 4–0
1911–12 Frank Hill 9–6
1912–13 Frank Hill 11–3
1913–14 Frank Hill 14–3–1
1914–15 Frank Hill 15–2
1915–16 Frank Hill 13–2
1916–17 Frank Hill 12–3
1917–18 Frank Hill 8–5
1918–19 Frank Hill 8–5
1919–20 Frank Hill 10–3
1920–21 Frank Hill 13–4
1921–22 Frank Hill 14–2
1922–23 Frank Hill 8–4
1923–24 Frank Hill 6–7
1924–25 Frank Hill 8–6
1925–26 Frank Hill 7–5
1926–27 Frank Hill 10–3
1927–28 Frank Hill 9–4
1928–29 Frank Hill 11–4
1929–30 Frank Hill 13–9
1930–31 Dan Steinberg 12–11
1931–32 Les Fries 10–9
1932–33 Les Fries 8–4
1934–35 John Colrick 4–11
1935–36 John Colrick 4–11
1936–37 Honey Russell 5–10
1937–38 Honey Russell 10–8
1938–39 Honey Russell 15–7
1939–40 Honey Russell 19–0
1940–41 Honey Russell 20–2 NIT
1941–42 Honey Russell 16–3
1942–43 Honey Russell 16–2
1946–47 Bob Davies 24–3
1947–48 Jack Reitmeier 18–4
1948–49 Jack Reitmeier 16–8
1949–50 Honey Russell 11–15
1950–51 Honey Russell 24–7 NIT
1951–52 Honey Russell 25–3 NIT
1952–53 Honey Russell 31–2 NIT Final
1953–54 Honey Russell 13–10
1954–55 Honey Russell 17–9 NIT
1955–56 Honey Russell 20–5 NIT
1956–57 Honey Russell 17–10 NIT
1957–58 Honey Russell 7–19
1958–59 Honey Russell 13–10
1959–60 Honey Russell 16–7
1960–61 Richard Regan 15–9
1961–62 Richard Regan 15–9
1962–63 Richard Regan 16–7
1963–64 Richard Regan 13–12
1964–65 Richard Regan 12–13
1965–66 Richard Regan 6–18
1966–67 Richard Regan 7–17
1967–68 Richard Regan 9–15
1968–69 Richard Regan 9–16
1969–70 Richard Regan 10–15
1970–71 Bill Raftery 11–15
1971–72 Bill Raftery 10–16
1972–73 Bill Raftery 8–17
1973–74 Bill Raftery 16–11 NIT
1974–75 Bill Raftery 16–11
1975–76 Bill Raftery 18–9
1976–77 Bill Raftery 18–11 NIT
1977–78 Bill Raftery 16–11
1978–79 Bill Raftery 14–13
Big East Conference (1979–present)
1979–80 Bill Raftery 14–13 1–5 6th
1980–81 Bill Raftery 11–16 4–10
1981–82 Hoddy Mahon 11–16 2–12
1982–83 P.J. Carlesimo 6–23 1–15
1983–84 P.J. Carlesimo 9–19 2–14
1984–85 P.J. Carlesimo 10–18 1–15
1985–86 P.J. Carlesimo 14–18 2–13
1986–87 P.J. Carlesimo 15–14 4–12 NIT
1987–88 P.J. Carlesimo 22–13 8–8 NCAA
1988–89 P.J. Carlesimo 31–7 11–5 NCAA National Final
1990–91 P.J. Carlesimo 25–9 9–7 T-3rd NCAA
1991–92 P.J. Carlesimo 23–9 12–6 1st NCAA
1992–93 P.J. Carlesimo 28–7 14–4 1st NCAA
1993–94 P.J. Carlesimo 17–13 8–10 NCAA
1994–95 George Blaney 16–14 7–11 NIT
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
1998–99 Tommy Amaker 15–15 8–10 NIT
1999–00 Tommy Amaker 22–10 10–6 NCAA
2000–01 Tommy Amaker 16–15 5–11 (West) NIT
2001–02 Louis Orr 12–18 5–11 (West)
2002–03 Louis Orr 17–13 10–6 (West) NIT
2003–04 Louis Orr 21–10 10–6 NCAA
2004–05 Louis Orr 12–16 4–12
2005–06 Louis Orr 18–12 9–7 NCAA
2006–07 Bobby Gonzalez 13–16 4–12
2007–08 Bobby Gonzalez 17–15 7–11
2008–09 Bobby Gonzalez 17–15 7–11
2009–10 Bobby Gonzalez 19–13 9–9 NIT
2010–11 Kevin Willard 13–18 7–11
2011–12 Kevin Willard 21–13 8–10 NIT
2012–13 Kevin Willard 15–18 3–15 T-13th
2013–14 Kevin Willard 17-17 6-12 8th
Total: 1411–1025–2

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Pirates have appeared in the NCAA Tournament nine times. Their combined record is 15–9.

Year Seed Round Opponent Results
1988 #8 First Round
Second Round
#9 UTEP
#1 Arizona
W 80–64
L 55–84
1989 #3 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
#14 Southwest Missouri State
#11 Evansville
#2 Indiana
#4 UNLV
#2 Duke
#3 Michigan
W 60–51
W 87–73
W 78–65
W 84–61
W 95–78
L 79–80 OT
1991 #3 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#14 Pepperdine
#11 Creighton
#2 Arizona
#1 UNLV
W 71–51
W 81–69
W 81–77
L 65–77
1992 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 La Salle
#5 Missouri
#1 Duke
W 78–76
W 88–71
L 69–81
1993 #2 First Round
Second Round
#15 Tennessee State
#7 WKU
W 81–59
L 68–72
1994 #10 First Round #7 Michigan State L 73–84
2000 #10 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#7 Oregon
#2 Temple
#3 Oklahoma State
W 72–71 OT
W 67–65 OT
L 66–68
2004 #8 First Round
Second Round
#9 Arizona
#1 Duke
W 80–76
L 62–90
2006 #10 First Round #7 Wichita State L 66–86

NIT results[edit]

The Pirates have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 17 times. Their combined record is 8–18. They were NIT Champions in 1953.

Year Round Opponent Result
1941 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Rhode Island
Long Island
CCNY
W 70–54
L 26–49
L 27–42
1951 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Beloit
NC State
BYU
St. John's
W 71–57
W 71–59
L 59–69
L 68–70
1952 First Round La Salle L 76–80
1953 Quarterfinals
Semfinals
Finals
Niagara
Manhattan
St. John's
W 79–74
W 74–56
W 58–46
1955 First Round Saint Francis (PA) L 78–89
1956 First Round
Quarterfinals
Marquette
Saint Joseph's
W 96–78
L 65–74
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
2012 First Round
Second Round
Stony Brook
Massachusetts
W 63–61
L 67–77

Honors[edit]

Seton Hall home game at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame
Consensus All-Americans
Big East Player of the Year
Big East Defensive Player of the Year
Big East Coach of the Year

Retired numbers[edit]

See also[edit]

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