2017–18 Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team

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2017–18 Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball
Seton Hall Pirates wordmark.svg
NCAA Tournament, Second Round
ConferenceBig East Conference
2017–18 record22–12 (10–8 Big East)
Head coachKevin Willard (8th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaPrudential Center
Walsh Gymnasium
Seasons
2017–18 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 3 Xavier 15 3   .833     29 6   .829
No. 2 Villanova 14 4   .778     36 4   .900
Seton Hall 10 8   .556     22 12   .647
Creighton 10 8   .556     21 12   .636
Providence 10 8   .556     21 14   .600
Butler 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Marquette 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Georgetown 5 13   .278     15 15   .500
St. John's 4 14   .222     16 17   .485
DePaul 4 14   .222     11 20   .355
2018 Big East Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017–18 Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team represented Seton Hall University in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by eighth-year head coach Kevin Willard. The Pirates played their home games at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey and Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, New Jersey as members of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 22–12, 10–8 in Big East play to finish in a three-way tie for third place. In the Big East Tournament, they lost to Butler in the quarterfinals. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 8 seed in the Midwest region. There they defeated NC State in the First Round before losing to Kansas in the Second Round.

Previous season[edit]

The Pirates finished the 2016–17 season 21–12, 10–8 in Big East play to finish in a four-way tie for third place. As the No. 5 seed in the Big East Tournament, they defeated Marquette[1] before losing to Villanova in the semifinals.[2] They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 9 seed in the South region where they lost to 8-seeded Arkansas on a controversial flagrant foul call late in the game in the First Round.[3][4]

Offseason[edit]

Returning players[edit]

Following the season, junior forward Ángel Delgado declared himself eligible of the NBA Draft, but did not hire an agent.[5] On May 22, 2017, he withdrew his name from the draft and announced he would return to Seton Hall for his senior season.[6] Junior guard Khadeen Carringon also announced he would make himself eligible for the NBA Draft, but also withdrew his name from the draft to return to the Hall for his senior season.[7]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Jevon Thomas 2 G 6'1" 185 RS Junior Queens, NY Graduate transferred to Texas–Permian Basin
Dalton Soffer 21 G 6'6" 195 Sophomore San Diego, CA Graduate transferred to Cal State San Marcos
Myles Carter 23 F 6'9" 220 Sophomore Chicago, IL Dismissed from the team[8]
Rashed Anthony 25 F 6'9" 235 RS Junior Orangeburg, SC Transferred to Saint Louis
Madison Jones 30 G 6'2" 160 Senior Raleigh, NC Graduated
Manny Anderson 35 G 6'4" 190 Freshman Franklin, NJ Walk-on; didn't return

Incoming transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Quincy McKnight 30 G 6'3" 180 Junior Bridgeport, CT Transferred from Sacred Heart. Under NCAA transfer rules, McKnight will have to sit out from the 2017–18 season. Will have two years of remaining eligibility.
Taurean Thompson 33 F 6'10" 220 Junior Jersey City, NJ Transferred from Syracuse. Under NCAA transfer rules, Thompson will have to sit out for the 2017–18 season. Will have two years of remaining eligibility.
Romaro Gill 35 C 7'0" 235 Junior St. Thomas, Jamaica Junior college transferred from Vincennes University.

Class of 2017 recruits[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Myles Cale
#17 SG
Middletown, DE Appoquinimink High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Mar 11, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 85
Jordan Walker
PG
Port Washington, NY St. Patrick Prep 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 160 lb (73 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Sandro Mamukelashvili
PF
Tbilisi, Georgia Montverde Academy 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Apr 19, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 22 September 2017.

Preseason[edit]

In its annual preseason preview, Blue Ribbon Yearbook ranked Seton Hall No. 15 in the country.[9] Senior forward Ángel Delgado was named a fourth team All-American.[9]

Seton Hall was picked to finish second in the Big East preseason Coaches' Poll.[10] Khadeen Carrington and Angel Delgado were named to the preseason All-Big East First Team.[11]

Roster[edit]

2017–18 Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Khadeen Carrington 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School Brooklyn, New York
F 1 Michael Nzei 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS Jr Our Savior New American School Makurdi, Nigeria
G 2 Jordan Walker 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 155 lb (70 kg) Fr The Patrick School (NJ) Port Washington, New York
G 4 Eron Gordon 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Cathedral High School (IN) Indianapolis, Indiana
G 13 Myles Powell 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Trenton Catholic Academy Trenton, New Jersey
F 14 Ismael Sanogo 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr East Side High School (NJ) Newark, New Jersey
F 20 Desi Rodriguez 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Abraham Lincoln High School (NY) Bronx, New York
G 21 Shavar Reynolds (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Manchester Township High School Manchester, Jersey
G 22 Myles Cale 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Appoquinimink High School Middletown, Delaware
F 23 Sandro Mamukelashvili 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Fr Montverde Academy Tbilisi, Georgia
G/F 25 Philip Flory (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Oshkosh North High School Oshkosh, Wisconsin
G 30 Quincy McKnight (I) Current redshirt 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Sacred Heart Bridgeport, Connecticut
C 31 Ángel Delgado 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Sr St. Patrick High School (NJ) Bajos de Haina, Dominican Republic
F 33 Taurean Thompson (I) Current redshirt 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Syracuse Jersey City, New Jersey
C 35 Romaro Gill 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Jr Vincennes St. Thomas, Jamaica
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
November 2, 2017*
7:30 pm
No. 23 La Salle
Charity Exhibition
W 87–74 
 22  Rodriguez   9  Delgado   5  Tied  Walsh Gymnasium (1,140)
South Orange, NJ
November 4, 2017*
4:00 pm
No. 23 LIU Post W 77–43 
 18  Rodriguez   13  Mamukelashvili   2  Tied  Walsh Gymnasium (1,215)
South Orange, NJ
Non-conference regular season
November 10, 2017*
6:30 pm, FS2
No. 23 Fairleigh Dickinson
NIT Season Tip-Off campus game
W 90–68  1–0
 17  Rodriguez   10  Delgado   6  Carrington  Prudential Center (6,733)
Newark, NJ
November 12, 2017*
1:30 pm, FS1
No. 23 Monmouth
NIT Season Tip-Off campus game
W 75–65  2–0
 18  Powell   11  Delgado   4  Carrington  Prudential Center (7,139)
Newark, NJ
November 15, 2017*
6:30 pm, FS1
No. 22 Indiana
Gavitt Tipoff Games
W 84–68  3–0
 23  Rodriguez   11  Delgado   5  Carrington  Prudential Center (8,452)
Newark, NJ
November 18, 2017*
4:00 pm, FS2
No. 22 NJIT W 82–53  4–0
 19  Rodriguez   9  Mamukelashvili   5  Carrington  Prudential Center (6,743)
Newark, NJ
November 23, 2017*
6:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 20 vs. Rhode Island
NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals
L 74–75  4–1
 21  Powell   14  Delgado   3  Delgado  Barclays Center (1,874)
Brooklyn, NY
November 24, 2017*
9:45 pm, ESPNews
No. 20 vs. Vanderbilt
NIT Season Tip-Off 3rd place game
W 72–59  5–1
 27  Rodriguez   8  Tied   4  Gordon  Barclays Center (3,952)
Brooklyn, NY
November 30, 2017*
6:30 pm, FS1
vs. No. 22 Texas Tech
Under Armour Reunion
W 89–79  6–1
 24  Rodriquez   7  Rodriquez   4  Tied  Madison Square Garden (6,081)
New York, NY
December 3, 2017*
4:00 pm, ESPN2
at No. 17 Louisville
Billy Minardi Classic
W 79–77  7–1
 29  Rodriguez   13  Delgado   4  Carrington  KFC Yum! Center (19,244)
Louisville, KY
December 9, 2017*
3:00 pm, FOX
No. 19 VCU
Never Forget Tribute Classic
W 90–67  8–1
 17  Rodriguez   13  Delgado   5  Powell  Prudential Center (9,112)
Newark, NJ
December 12, 2017*
7:00 pm, FS1
No. 15 Saint Peter's W 84–61  9–1
 18  Delgado   11  Delgado   5  Carrington  Walsh Gymnasium (1,655)
South Orange, NJ
December 16, 2017*
12:00 pm, BTN
No. 15 at Rutgers
Garden State Hardwood Classic
L 65–71  9–2
 18  Powell   21  Delgado   4  Carrington  Louis Brown Athletic Center (8,318)
Piscataway, NJ
December 20, 2017*
7:00 pm, FS1
No. 23 Wagner W 89–68  10–2
 26  Carrington   10  Delgado   5  Tied  Prudential Center (6,481)
Newark, NJ
December 23, 2017*
12:00 pm, FSN
No. 23 Manhattan W 74–62  11–2
 15  Tied   18  Delgado   5  Rodriguez  Prudential Center (8,001)
Newark, NJ
Big East regular season
December 28, 2017
6:30 pm, FS1
No. 23 No. 25 Creighton W 90–84  12–2
(1–0)
 23  Rodriguez   14  Tied   5  Delgado  Prudential Center (9,824)
Newark, NJ
December 31, 2017
5:00 pm, FS1
No. 23 St. John's W 75–70  13–2
(2–0)
 24  Carrington   12  Delgado   6  Delgado  Prudential Center (8,456)
Newark, NJ
January 6, 2018
2:30 pm, FS1
No. 21 at Butler W 90–87  14–2
(3–0)
 29  Carrington   15  Delgado   6  Tied  Hinkle Fieldhouse (8,855)
Indianapolis, IN
January 9, 2018
9:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 13 at Marquette L 64–84  14–3
(3–1)
 14  Sanogo   10  Delgado   7  Carrington  BMO Harris Bradley Center (12,901)
Milwaukee, WI
January 13, 2018
12:00 pm, FS1
No. 13 Georgetown W 74–61  15–3
(4–1)
 19  Powell, Rodriguez   13  Delgado   6  Carrington  Prudential Center (10,481)
Newark, NJ
January 17, 2018
8:45 pm, FS1
No. 19 at Creighton L 63–80  15–4
(4–2)
 19  Powell   10  Sanogo   5  Carrington  CenturyLink Center (17,705)
Omaha, NE
January 20, 2018
2:30 pm, FOX
No. 19 No. 11 Xavier L 64–73  15–5
(4–3)
 19  Rodriguez   18  Delgado   5  Tied  Prudential Center (10,481)
Newark, NJ
January 28, 2018
4:00 pm, CBSSN
at DePaul W 86–70  16–5
(5–3)
 21  Powell   19  Delgado   5  Tied  Wintrust Arena (5,650)
Chicago, IL
January 31, 2018
7:00 pm, FS1
Providence W 73–57  17–5
(6–3)
 23  Carrington   14  Delgado   7  Carrington  Prudential Center (8,434)
Newark, NJ
February 4, 2018
12:00 pm, FOX
at No. 1 Villanova L 76–92  17–6
(6–4)
 20  Rodriguez   9  Delgado   4  Tied  Wells Fargo Center (16,115)
Philadelphia, Pa
February 7, 2018
7:00 pm, FS1
Marquette L 85–88  17–7
(6–5)
 21  Rodriguez   7  Tied   5  Carrington  Prudential Center (8,210)
Newark, NJ
February 10, 2018
4:00 pm, CBSSN
at Georgetown L 80–83  17–8
(6–6)
 25  Powell   12  Delgado   9  Carrington  Capital One Arena (11,037)
Washington, D.C.
February 14, 2018
9:00 pm, FS1
at No. 4 Xavier L 90–102  17–9
(6–7)
 30  Powell   7  Tied   5  Walker  Cintas Center (10,512)
Cincinnati, OH
February 18, 2018
1:00 pm, FS1
DePaul W 82–77  18–9
(7–7)
 33  Rodriguez   19  Delgado   5  Carrington  Prudential Center (10,110)
Newark, NJ
February 21, 2018
6:30 pm, FS1
at ProvidenceA W 89–77  19–9
(8–7)
 25  Carrington   11  Delgado   4  Powell  Dunkin' Donuts Center (11,432)
Providence, RI
February 24, 2018
12:00 pm, FOX
at St. John's W 81–74 OT 20–9
(9–7)
 22  Carrington   13  Delgado   8  Powell  Madison Square Garden (18,840)
New York, NY
February 28, 2018
8:30 pm, FS1
No. 4 Villanova L 68–69 OT 20–10
(9–8)
 23  Carrington   8  Delgado   7  Carrington  Prudential Center (13,711)
Newark, NJ
March 3, 2018
8:00 pm, CBSSN
Butler W 77–70  21–10
(10–8)
 25  Carrington   10  Tied   5  Powell  Prudential Center (9,743)
Newark, NJ
Big East Tournament
March 8, 2018
9:30 pm, FS1
(3) vs. (6) Butler
Quarterfinal
L 74–75  21–11
 17  Carrington   9  Delgado   7  Carrington  Madison Square Garden (19,812)
New York, NY
NCAA Tournament
March 15, 2018*
4:30 pm, TBS
(8 MW) vs. (9 MW) NC State
First Round
W 94–83  22–11
 26  Carrington   10  Sanogo   4  Delgado  Intrust Bank Arena (14,390)
Wichita, KS
March 17, 2018*
7:10 pm, TBS
(8 MW) vs. (1 MW) No. 4 Kansas
Second Round
L 79–83  22–12
 28  Carrington   23  Delgado   5  Carrington  Intrust Bank Arena (14,385)
Wichita, KS
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

[12]

  • ^A Game was suspended with 13:03 left in the 2nd half due to unsafe floor conditions and resumed at noon on February 22 at Alumni Hall.[13]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP 23 22 20 RV 19 15 23 23 21 13 19 RV RV Not released 
Coaches 23 23^ 22 24 19 15 22 24 21 15 19 RV RV RV

^Coaches did not release a Week 2 poll.
*AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings

References[edit]