After last week's fall to their lowest position in brackets since December, Seton Hall has unanimously received a boost from bracketologists following a pair of wins over Marquette and Xavier that stopped a three-game slide.
It's currently unclear how Isaiah Whitehead's absence from Seton Hall's first eight Big East games will factor in on Selection Sunday, but if he continues to play at the level seen against Xavier, I can't see the committee ignoring the impact of his injury. Conversely, Seton Hall notched a pair of top-50 wins without him.
Likely sitting outside of the most recent AP Poll, which will be released in a few hours, wins over DePaul and Marquette this week can increase the Pirates' stock with voters as well as those projecting the field of 68.
Seton Hall's Resume
Record: 15-6 (5-4)
SOS (non-conf. SOS): 54 (136)
Notable wins: Villanova (6), Xavier (27), St. John's (50)
Bad losses: DePaul (137)
The Hall moved up a pair of seeds in Palm's bracket after dropping to a nine last Monday. Plenty of storylines in this regional with Iowa and Fran McCaffery on deck in the first round and 2-seeded Duke after that.
Kevin Willard's squad moved up in ESPN's bracket, but only from a ten- to a nine-seed. Like Jerry Palm's field, Seton Hall has another potential match up with Duke, but this time as a 1-seed and after taking on Michigan State.
Like Palm's bracket, seven Big East schools are currently in ESPN's field: Villanova, Georgetown, Butler, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's, and Xavier.
After a low 9-seed last week, Seton Hall has moved up a few spots on Brad Evans' Big Board.
Applied tourniquet last two games. Gibbs breathing fire.
Will be updated tomorrow, but expect Seton Hall to receive one of its higher seeds after somehow landing a 7-seed a week ago.
Only about one-fifth of the brackets have been updated since Saturday, but Seton Hall has an average seed of 9.44, which should improve to around 9 by tomorrow. I'll update when that happens.