Well...quite simply...This is it. The pirates can't afford many more losses, especially to teams they are fighting with for postseason bids (regardless of the tournament). The record, isn't impressive, the out of conference, isn't impressive, the quality wins are non-existent. The Seton Hall Pirates are just not impressive this year. The big transfers, aren't impressive as a whole, and are lacking the play making ability that we all thought would make this a banner year. I don't think anyone will deny that this team is talented, but probably not as talented as other teams in the conference. That doesn't mean they can't beat the other teams. It comes down to actually winning. Just because you can beat them or you should beat a team doesn't put the W in the win column. This game can start a run for the Hall, when you start a winning streak-- the first win is the hardest.
If you look to your right and left on a sinking ship you will see a lot of cardinal red. This team lost its first two games against ranked opponents, one in overtime, after having a lead in the second half. Sound familiar? The only difference between the Cardinals and the Pirates is that the Cardinals were blessed with a few lesser teams earlier in their schedule. With wins over St. John's, Providence, and USF, the streets of Louisville were getting rowdier than the streets of South Orange! The Cardinals have chances left, five ranked teams (as UCONN just fell out), to get their dancing shoe sizes out to the selection committee. If they upset a few down the stretch, and the Pirates can do the same, it could very well come down to the tie breaker. While the Cardinals are in better shape, they need this win as badly as the Pirates. This goes for the same with the games against Notre Dame, Cincinnati, and St. John's. No one likes ties, but for the Cardinals to go dancing, they need a tuxedo...without a tie.