Before we ultimately put a lid on the 2012-13 season, Play For The Garden is evaluating the year of each member of the Big East.
Team: Seton Hall Pirates
How did their season end: they did not reach the postseason
Record: 15-18 overall / 3-15 in the Big East
Leading scorer: Fuquan Edwin with 16.5 PPG
Leading rebounder: Eugene Teague with 7.2 RPG
After coming so close to making the NCAA Tournament a year ago, it was difficult for the Seton Hall faithful to prepare for regression. But that’s what happens when you lose your best two players to graduation – Jordan Theodore and Herb Pope – and there isn’t a significant influx of talent arriving.
But the struggles were further exaggerated due to injuries to multiple key players throughout the season. Aaron Cosby, Brian Oliver, and Brandon Mobley all missed multiple games throughout the year, while Patrik Auda only played in five games before his season was over with a foot injury.
Seton Hall entered Big East play sporting an 11-2 record, but they hadn’t beaten a single noteworthy team. And as expected, conference play was not kind to them.
The Pirates finished with only three conference wins, two were against the two teams they finished a head of in the standings – South Florida and DePaul- while the other was against a respectable Villanova team.
Fuquan Edwin, who was one of the few Pirates to play in every game, was excellent all season long. He led the team in points and minutes per game with 16.5 and 32.3 respectively, but he was also a phenomenal defender. He had the 18th best steal percentage rate in the country at 4.6%, averaging 2.4 steals per game. Eugene Teague was another player who made an appearance in all 33 games, and gave the Pirates a decent presence in the paint, but his aggressiveness was often questioned.
Final Grade: C
A bit of regression was expected for Seton Hall, but it wasn’t supposed to be this bad. It’s difficult to evaluate a team when they are playing with a different lineup seemingly every other game due to injuries. And all the injuries were to players that were expected to provide significant contributions to the team. The Pirates will be looking for a bit of better luck next season.