Seton Hall will receive its highest ranking in 17 years tomorrow — it’s time to predict specifically where the Pirates will slot into the AP Top 25.
Unlike Jerry Carino, I’m not an AP voter, but for the first time in a bit, I’ll have my eyes glued to the poll as nine schools ahead of Seton Hall have dropped at least one game this week, leaving an opening for the Hall and fellow Big East-ers Xavier to move on up.
First, a rundown of all the slip-ups from schools ahead of Seton Hall.
(1) Duke was shocked at short-handed Boston College
(2) Kansas lost to a bad Washington team Edit: And now Arizona State
(5) Florida lost to Loyola Chicago after Florida State badly, but beat ranked Cincinnati
(7) Texas A&M fell in a close one to unranked Arizona
(9) Notre Dame was stunned at the buzzer by Ball State
(11) Gonzaga was shellacked by Villanova
(14) Minnesota was picked apart by Arkansas
(15) Virginia lost at 18th-ranked West Virginia
(17) Cincinnati dropped a close one to Florida
Games to be played: (16) Arizona State at (2) Kansas; (11) Gonzaga at Washington Edit: Arizona State with the upset
Other considerations: (17) Cincinnati took down Florida in Newark while (18) West Virginia will move up; (20) TCU beat ranked Nevada, so there is potential to leapfrog
With all that said, here is where I’d put Seton Hall for their upcoming games against Saint Peter’s and then Rutgers on Saturday.
I didn’t do the entire top-25, but I included a few schools just behind the Pirates for added perspective. The below ranking has Seton Hall leapfrogging Minnesota, Cincinnati, and Arizona State; the original rankings assumed that Arizona State would lose to Kansas — they did not.
1 – Michigan State
2 – Villanova
3 – Duke
4 – Wichita State
5 – Kentucky
6 – North Carolina
7 – Miami (FL)
8 – Xavier
9 – West Virginia
10 – Arizona State
11 – Gonzaga
12 – Florida
13 – Kansas
14 – Texas A&M
15 – Notre Dame
16 – Virginia
17 – Seton Hall
18 – Purdue
19 – TCU