Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball

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Seton Hall Pirates
2014–15 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 Round of 32
1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2004
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
Independent (1903–1965)
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
Frank Hill: 192–75(.719)
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 Semifinals
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 Semifinals
1951–52 Honey Russell 25–3 NIT First Round
1952–53 Honey Russell 31–2 NIT Champions
1953–54 Honey Russell 13–10
1954–55 Honey Russell 17–9 NIT First Round
1955–56 Honey Russell 20–5 NIT Quarterfinals
1956–57 Honey Russell 17–10 NIT First Round
1957–58 Honey Russell 7–19
1958–59 Honey Russell 13–10
1959–60 Honey Russell 16–7
Honey Russell: 295–129(.696)
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
Metropolitan Collegiate Conference (1965–1969)
1965–66 Richard Regan 6–18 3–6 7th
1966–67 Richard Regan 7–17 3–6 7th
1967–68 Richard Regan 9–15 4–4 4th
1968–69 Richard Regan 9–16 4–4 4th
Independent (1969–1979)
1969–70 Richard Regan 10–15
Richard Regan: 112–131(.461)
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 First Round
1974–75 Bill Raftery 16–11 ECAC Metro Semifinals
1975–76 Bill Raftery 18–9
1976–77 Bill Raftery 18–11 ECAC Metro Finals, NIT First Round
1977–78 Bill Raftery 16–11 ECAC Metro Semifinals
1978–79 Bill Raftery 14–13 ECAC Metro Semifinals
Big East Conference (1979–2013)
1979–80 Bill Raftery 14–13 1–5 6th
1980–81 Bill Raftery 11–16 4–10 7th
Bill Raftery: 154–141(.522) 5–15(.250)
1981–82 Hoddy Mahon 11–16 2–12 8th
1982–83 P.J. Carlesimo 6–23 1–15 9th
1983–84 P.J. Carlesimo 9–19 2–14 9th
1984–85 P.J. Carlesimo 10–18 1–15 9th
1985–86 P.J. Carlesimo 14–18 3–13 9th
1986–87 P.J. Carlesimo 15–14 4–12 7th NIT First Round
1987–88 P.J. Carlesimo 22–13 8–8 6th NCAA Second Round
1988–89 P.J. Carlesimo 31–7 11–5 2nd NCAA National Final
1989–90 P.J. Carlesimo 12–16 5–11 7th
1990–91 P.J. Carlesimo 25–9 9–7 T-3rd NCAA Elite Eight
1991–92 P.J. Carlesimo 23–9 12–6 T-1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1992–93 P.J. Carlesimo 28–7 14–4 1st NCAA Second Round
1993–94 P.J. Carlesimo 17–13 8–10 7th NCAA First Round
P.J. Carlesimo: 212–166(.561) 72–109(.398)
1994–95 George Blaney 16–14 7–11 7th NIT First Round
1995–96 George Blaney 12–16 7–11 5th (BE7)
1996–97 George Blaney 10–18 5–13 6th (BE7)
George Blaney: 38–48(.442) 19–35(.352)
1997–98 Tommy Amaker 15–15 9–9 3rd (BE7) NIT First Round
1998–99 Tommy Amaker 15–15 8–10 T-8th NIT First Round
1999–00 Tommy Amaker 22–10 10–6 T-4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2000–01 Tommy Amaker 16–15 5–11 6th (West) NIT First Round
Tommy Amaker: 68–55(.553) 32–36(.471)
2001–02 Louis Orr 12–18 5–11 6th (West)
2002–03 Louis Orr 17–13 10–6 T-3rd (West) NIT First Round
2003–04 Louis Orr 21–10 10–6 T-5th NCAA Second Round
2004–05 Louis Orr 12–16 4–12 T-9th
2005–06 Louis Orr 18–12 9–7 7th NCAA First Round
Louis Orr: 80–69(.537) 38–42(.475)
2006–07 Bobby Gonzalez 13–16 4–12 13th
2007–08 Bobby Gonzalez 17–15 7–11 11th
2008–09 Bobby Gonzalez 17–15 7–11 11th
2009–10 Bobby Gonzalez 19–13 9–9 10th NIT First Round
Bobby Gonzalez: 66–59(.528) 27–43(.386)
2010–11 Kevin Willard 13–18 7–11 12th
2011–12 Kevin Willard 21–13 8–10 10th NIT Second Round
2012–13 Kevin Willard 15–18 3–15 T-13th
Big East Conference (2013–present)
2013–14 Kevin Willard 17–17 6–12 8th
2014–15 Kevin Willard 16–15 6–12 T-7th
Kevin Willard: 82–78(.513) 30–60(.333)
Total: 1411–1025–2

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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

Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees[edit]

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame[edit]

FIBA Hall of Fame[edit]

Awards and Honors[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

See also[edit]

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