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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

  • PadrePirate

    With AZ St handling Kansas and Cinci beating Florida, we may not gain much ground, and our next 4 opponents are not stellar. If SHU just takes care of business over the next two weeks, I would guess we hold steady between the 15-20 range. A lazy-boy upset to one of the upcoming low majors, would knock us back out of top 25.

    PS No sign mafia pics 🙁

  • LBP

    Seton Hall # 15 in both AP and Coach’s Poll-
    Actually thing this is a right place for this Team– all seas clear for a decent seed

  • VinBick

    Number 15 sounds really good. One game at a time….that should be the team motto! The ranking climb is really nice, but staying focused each day will produce wins, one at a time. Here’s to taking care of business against the Peacocks at Walsh tomorrow night. Go Pirates!

  • Bob Murphy

    Anywhere in the top 20 is nice. The rating that matters comes in early April. I recall this senior classes freshman year, when they did get into the top 20 and fell out quickly. Injuries, and a little luck will play a role. Just have a great season, try to peak for the second half of March and let the ratings fall where they may.