PARTY LIKE IT’S 1994: Seton Hall NCAA-bound after upset of No. 13 Butler

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Just when we thought Seton Hall had summed its season up in one game when they gritted their teeth to take down Georgetown, they did it again, in thrilling fashion.

Trailing 57-47 with 6:30 to play after a Kelan Martin three-pointer that appeared to take the wind out of Seton Hall’s sails, the Pirates looked dead in the water.

Angel Delgado was getting his left leg looked at on the bench.

Mike Nzei and Madison Jones were in severe foul trouble as Nzei was manning the five-spot.

And Seton Hall’s guards appeared invisible as Delgado and Desi Rodriguez did all the heavy-lifting. 

Until that all changed.

The Hall went on a 12-2 run out of the under-eight to knot up the score via a Myles Powell three-ball.

Powell was 0-for-5 at that point, had missed his last 14 including the Georgetown game, and hadn’t hit a three in nine days.

Until he did.

Tied coming out of the under-four with Kevin Willard directing a suddenly hot Pirate offense like an air traffic controller, Carrington continued to come alive until Powell sank a wing three-ball to put the Hall up 4 with 30 ticks remaining to seal his first-ever trip to the Dance and the Pirates’ second consecutive trip for the first time since 1994.

Welcome to March.

  • PadrePirate

    Huge mental victory for sticking with it when we were down -10, and Powell for not losing confidence after his shooting drought. KC always seems to come alive at the end of games. Next up, rubber game vs MU at the Mecca…

    Can’t over-estimate how huge this W is for the program on the whole: 2 straight NCAA bids has got to help out recruiting which definitely needs a boost… Still there, Trevon??

  • Louie Dee

    I would like to apologize to Kevin Willard.

    • VinBick

      Me too, Louie. Coach Willard has shown he belongs as the Hall head coach to build the program to national prominence year in and year out. Great win in Indy!

    • Great win and, looking more like, great coach. Two straight years, thanks coach!

  • Andrew Herbst

    So proud of this team. We’ve gone through a lot of adversity this year, but we never gave up. Coming back down 10 against Butler on the road is a huge accomplishment. Angel, Desi and Khadeem played awesome. Powell was so clutch down the stretch. Making the dance back to back years is awesome for recruiting. Hopefully Duval is taking notice. Can’t wait for Thursday afternoon against Marquette. GO PIRATES

    • PadrePirate

      Only downer about finishing at the 5 seed is that, if we make it past MU, Nova lurks around the corner. The 6 has the easier path. That said, it would be absolutely delicious to upset Nova two years in a row at the BET. I guy can dream

      • Andrew Herbst

        Nothing wrong with that. I’m dreaming as well

        • Ardy

          sometimes dreams do come true.Hopefully this is one. It is hard to beat a team 3 times in a year.

          • 1968_bills_fan

            might nova be having the willies if they see SHU coming? Their seed is there for sure. KARMA is all on our side.

          • PadrePirate

            Some fans have not forgotten Jay Ws mocking tweet following the first blow out loss this year. At MSG we have the psychological edge over Nova.
            But first up, MU who seems to have the best offense in the BE right now.

          • Andrew Herbst

            I think so too. Ours guys love playing at MSG

      • ThePirateFan

        Two in a row and 3 out of 4 would be great! First things first!

    • SHU95

      Well Said!!!!

      • Andrew Herbst

        Thanks SHU!

  • Ardy

    So proud of ALL THE HALL.You guys are fighters and have met the challenges.
    A few minor adjustments and the sky is the limit. BIG PROPS to KW. Lets stay in rhythm! GO HALL. I guess I officially have a HALL HEART!

  • Matt

    Amazing way to end the regular season. No one really had them winning. What a team and coaching staff to do this. Go Hall

    • Joe Schmoe

      I did. Check the past thread.

  • Joe J

    What an amazing win in a tough place against a very good team. The Hall is now a lock. The BE Tourney is now house money. Honestly, losing early in the be tourney would actually benefit them. They are not a deep team and could really use the rest for the Tournament that counts. Plus, an early loss would probably get them a 10 seed. A win could put them in the.dreaded 8-9 game. So, between rest and the seeding an early loss would be better for the team

  • Looks like SH is an 8/9 seed right now. BET about playing to get out of that game. Perhaps a loss drops them to 10, which isnt terrible

    • PadrePirate

      What’s wrong with the 8/9 seed? Does the 8/9 winner face n.1 in round 2?

      • Matty P

        Correct, the winner of the 8/9 seed plays whoever the #1 seed is in that bracket.

  • jfp1992

    Let’s get the 8/9 game. Put us in the Zags bracket. We want revenge!!

  • Fishjam

    What a game! Team continues to show tremendous toughness. Our backcourt has been struggling lately and when Angel limped to the bench down 8 or 10 or whatever it was I didn’t think we had a chance. But the small lineup hit stepped up and hit shot after shot. Happy for Myles to step up and hit 2 huge treys after missing 14 straight.

    Team definitely looked gassed at times today playing so many tough, close games with 6 or 7 players. Hopefully Ish, Angel and everyone are ready come Thursday.

    Congrats to the whole program and Coach Willard who has taken a lot of abuse from fans this year. They all came through and the Program is looking strong. Hopefully we get fair treatment from the committee who gave us a rotten draw last year.

    • LBP

      Fishjam — You ,me and a number of others (particularly on this Board–which is the best of SHU Fans) have loved this Team despite gritting our teeth about their flaws.
      Things changed a bit when Angel became the leader–I am so happy that the Team has the occasion to show case a Seton Hall great (Angel) whom is having one of the greatest seasons ever for our Pirates– I just hope he stays –but if not ,he is remarkable ,and it has been my pleasure to watch

  • hallstorm

    I have to say, when they went down by 10 with around 6 minutes to go, I thought they were absolutely done. They even looked gassed and had no energy. And then they came back…

    Surprisingly, Butler took a small handful of 3-pointers that clanged off the rim with plenty of time left on the shot clock in a few possessions and I was both stunned and happy Holtmann kept letting them take the 3. Great execution and….made free throws by both Desi and Carrington. Desi would be an absolute complete player if he played defense and could pass. That being said, yeoman’s work by the big 3 guys and huge clutch shots by Powell.

    I want Villanova in the second round! I think they have a very strong chance to beat them after seeing them twice.

  • Matty P

    Whitehead sticking up for Willard and retweeting on Delgado’s post which shows a bunch of confidence.

  • Matty P

    For anyone who would like to watch that smooth shot from Powell to put the team up by one.

  • Matty P

    I give the players and coaches a lot of credit. There were a lot of questions prior to that home stretch against Creighton, Nova, and Xavier that if this team was going to be able to turn it around or if it would be similar to two years ago. Glad the team stuck together and it turned out similar to last year where they put together a nice run to get to the 5 seed in the BE tournament and what should be another NCAA tournament.

  • Thehall

    I have been tough on Willard in the past. He deserves a ton of credit. This team is very resilient and tough. They have played well in grinding out some close games. Great win for the program. Back to back years at the big dance.

  • Hallbuster

    Say what u want about Willard”s in game x”s and O”s, these kids play their heart”s out for him and that’s worth its weight in gold.

  • Andrew Herbst

    Check out the Q/A with Coach Willard and Steve Serby in the Post. It’s a fun read

    • Hallbuster

      Can u post a link to it andrew?

      • Andrew Herbst

        Just posted link

  • Andrew Herbst
    • Hallbuster

      Great read thx

      • Andrew Herbst


        • Andrew Herbst

          You are welcome

    • Thanks for posting. Some revealing stuff.

      • Andrew Herbst

        You are welcome.

  • VinBick

    Pirate Nation is riding high as the Big East and NCAA Tournaments are there for more winning and exciting times throughout March, 2017! Lots of fans must make it across the river and into the Garden to cheer for the Pirates. Projections thus far have the Hall in Indy for the NCAA first round. That is not a tough trip from New Jersey. Time to support the Pirates wherever they play.

  • Matt
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  • RonD

    Great interview and some interesting insights: the burial of the Marquette box score, giving up twitter, the conversation with his brother. And now we have an established coach and a program that continues to grow.

  • SHU95

    What a Great win for SHU… 7-2 down the stretch capped by yesterday’s win…at Butler, No Ish, 6 man rotation, foul trouble, and the craziest thing of all… the “Flagrant” foul against Delgado on a reach in. Despite all those obstacles to pull that one out is as good as it gets. Great Job by all! Go Pirates!!

  • VinBick

    This team should be relaxed and yet focused on each game now and concentrating on one play at a time. The pressure is off with the Pirates firmly in the Big Dance. Big East Tournament wins are all a bonus. This week in the Garden should be a fun time for everyone.