Seton Hall 2017 non-conference prediction poll

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Seton Hall’s impressive non-conference schedule tips off on Friday night — how do you think the Pirates will fare prior to the Big East?

There are plenty of reasons to be excited about this year’s non-league slate — here are just five — as it provides opportunities for the Pirates to boost their NCAA tournament resumé as well as exert dominance over a whopping seven local programs.

Cutting right to the chase, below are my predictions for how the Hall will do prior to grinding through their Big East schedule. 

What do you think? Answer the poll below and leave a comment with reasoning.

WIN – Nov. 10 – Fairleigh Dickinson – FDU returns many pieces from an 11-19 team that disappointed last season following an NCAA bid, but that won’t be nearly enough for an upset on Seton Hall’s opening night.
WIN – Nov. 12 – Monmouth – Last year’s Monmouth team would have a real shot here, but King Rice loses four senior starters including star guard Justin Robinson. Hall takes care of business against a young group.
WIN – Nov. 15 – Indiana – New head coach Archie Miller surprisingly retained a solid core of Hoosiers from last year’s 18-16 NIT team. Regardless, Hall adds a win for the Big East by 5-10 points.
WIN– Nov. 18- NJIT – Like Monmouth, NJIT lost key seniors in Damon Lynn and Tim Coleman. One of only a few cupcakes on the schedule.
WIN– Nov. 23 – vs. Rhode Island – Ranked 28th in the preseason AP poll, Rhodie and Dan Hurley project to be better than Indiana and the first major test on the slate, especially with the game taking place in Brooklyn. Pirates prevail.
LOSS – Nov. 24 – vs. Virginia/Vanderbilt – I see Seton Hall going 1-1 in the preseason NIT. If they lose to URI, they win the second game. The more likely scenario is losing to UVA — ranked No. 27 — in the final.
WIN– Nov. 30 – vs. Texas Tech – The Red Raiders project to be similar to Indiana: a high-major that was above .500 but missed the NCAAs and returns a decent amount of rotation players. I think this one will be closer and it takes place at the Garden, but Pirates still win.
LOSS – Dec. 3 – at Louisville – Subtracting all the FBI-related news, the Cardinals are ranked 16th and this will mark Seton Hall’s first road test. Assuming no game-changing NCAA hammers drop on Louisville at the last second, they hand the Hall their second loss here.
WIN – Dec. 9 – vs VCU – The Rams will be talented, but won’t match their 26-win NCAA tournament team from last year after losing five key seniors. Pirates win at a neutral court Prudential Center.
WIN – Dec. 12 – Saint Peter’s (Walsh Gym) – Glad to see this game back on the slate. John Dunne turned around a slow start to win 23 games and the CIT, but he also loses several seniors who were on the team that beat the Hall back in 2013. Seton Hall wins comfortably. 
WIN – Dec. 16 – at Rutgers – Last year’s win was a little too close for comfort after a series of blowouts that preceded it. Angel Delgado cements a rare four-year sweep of the in-state rival with a fourth double-double against an improved Rutgers team.
WIN – Dec. 20 – Wagner – The Seahawks lose their only three guys who averaged in double figures during a 16-14 campaign a year ago. This projects as another rare cupcake.
WIN – Dec. 23 – Manhattan – The Hall should wrap up their non-conference schedule on a five-game winning streak, this is not the Manhattan of years prior. They don’t lose much, but just suffered their second consecutive losing season (10-22). 

Overall: 11-2

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  • shufaninva

    The Indiana and Rhode Island games seem like trap games early in the year, and I can see us splitting those two. However, I think 2-0 in the NIT Preseason is a real possibility if they beat the Rams. UVA is taking a step back this year, and they really aren’t a huge point scoring team by design. Our defense can step up, and we can control that game if we don’t have a slow start. I would say 11-2 or 10-3 is about right. 12-1 would be huge though, and would give them the resume that would give them a real shot at the 2nd weekend of the NCAA tourney. I can’t wait for this season to get started!

    • I don’t think too much will separate URI, Indiana, and UVA from each other, so any combination of 2-1 would not surprise me.

  • Jersey Jerry

    Hey Chris, once again a complete recap, terrific job on your part keep in Pirate Nation updated during the long layoff … can’t wait for Friday’s tip-off to start the fun this year!

  • VinBick

    Help! Will be out of town and unsure about what “FS2 channel” will broadcast the Fairleigh Dickinson game on Friday night. Anyone know?

    • shufaninva

      I think there is only one stand alone FS2. It’s not like the regional Fox Sports channels. There is only one just like FS1.

      • VinBick

        Thanks, In VA. In the past, my Comcast outlet has had some of the games listed as “FS2” on the YES Network and sometimes on one of the MSG Networks, but they do not list the game on the Comcast Guide. Maybe the game will be broadcast on SNY; I have not checked that channel out, yet.

        • shufaninva

          I have Directv, and I am almost certain that the game will only be on the FS2 channel, but I haven’t looked to see if there is a game on SNY, YES, or in my case, MASN. I know I will be able to see the game on the FS2 channel.

          • PadrePirate

            Can any of you guys record the game and post it or send it to me by email? Those first 3 games will all be too late for me to listen to by radio (overseas + 6hrs)

          • VinBick

            Will try to do so. Cannot claim any real Geek skills, but will do my best to help you.

    • Andrew Herbst

      I have cablevision and it’s 214.

    • An alternative is FS GO app / streaming service. If you login with your subscriber, you should get the channel assuming your package has it.

      I don’t have cable, but I use the cable login of a family member who has FS1/2. It’s about a minute delayed, but high quality.

  • PadrePirate

    I like the optimism, with 55% of you guys going for 12 wins.
    I went a conservative 10 wins, taking only 1 of 3 from RI, Virginia/Vandy, and Louisville. In addition, I always brace myself for one head-scratcher loss, like Rutgers or St. Peters.
    But, if I remember correctly, we haven’t had one of those really bad losses (RPI 150+) since getting beat by FDU and St Peters in the same season a few years ago. Maybe those days are behind us…buried with the ghost of a dude named Jamie Crockett.

    • LBP

      I went 10 also– maybe because I am conservative by nature

    • 57% now 12-1 or 13-0… Talk about high hopes!

  • Andrew Herbst

    I agree with this. I think 11-2 is reasonable. Can’t wait for Friday.