The Seton Hall Pirates have a great tradition of winning basketball. They were a big part of the Big East, which was perhaps the best basketball conference in the nation for a two to three decade span. Many fantastic players and super teams played in the Big East, producing many NBA players along the way. The Pirates were one of those programs.
Seton Hall has been to the NCAA Tournament nine times in school history. Seven times they advanced to the Round of 32, four times they went to the Sweet Sixteen, twice the Pirates made it to the Elite Eight (1989 and 1991) and in 1989, the Pirates went to the Final Four where they beat Duke 95-78 in the national semifinals before losing a close one to Michigan 80-79 in overtime in the National Championship Game. The Pirates won the very prestigious Big East Tournament in 1991 and again in 1993.
The Pirates have gone to the NIT 17 times. Three times they made it to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden. In 1953, the Pirates were the NIT Champions after beating St. John’s in the Championship Game 58-46. Their most recent trip to the NIT was in 2012.
Some of the greats to play for Seton Hall include Terry Dehere, Andrew Gaze, Bob Davies, John “Honey” Russell, Bobby Wanzer, Nick Galis, Dan Callandrillo, Eddie Griffin, Mark Bryant and many more.
The Prudential Center opened in 2007 and seats 18,500 Pirates fans. This is the former home of the New Jersey Nets and the home of the New Jersey Devils NHL team. So as you can imagine, this is a top-notch arena. If you think a college basketball team can’t fill these great seats, think again. The Pirates are a big draw even to this day.
The seats at the Prudential Center are comfortable as one might expect in a professional venue. The concessions are top shelf as well and you will enjoy all your favorites such as hot dogs, sausages, chicken tenders and beer.
The atmosphere is rowdy and very entertaining as well. The Pirates fans are into the games and they love to give their opposition a hard time.
The Hall is still part of the Big East which may have lost a lot of its luster when schools such as Louisville, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Miami, Boston College, and Rutgers left to position their football programs to be in better position to make the football playoffs, But they still have a great college basketball league with hold-overs such as Georgetown, Marquette, St. John’s, Villanova, DePaul, Providence, Seton Hall, and some great newbies such as Butler, Xavier, and Creighton. With a great schedule like this and a great arena like the Prudential Center, you will not want to miss out on Seton Hall basketball this season.
Many of these Big East teams will be playing in the Big Dance. Many more will be in one of the other postseason tournaments as well. Will Seton Hall be one of them? Come out to the Prudential Center this season and find out.
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