2012 BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP - Second Round
#10 SETON HALL (20-11) vs.
#7 LOUISVILLE (22-9)
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Madison Square Garden - New York, N.Y.
7:00 p.m. ET
SETON HALL STATUS
Seton Hall began play in the 2012 BIG EAST Championship with a convincing 79-47 first round victory over Providence. Jordan Theodore had 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. The victory is the 20th for Seton Hall, most since 2003-04. Jordan Theodore (second team) and Herb Pope (third team) earned All-BIG EAST recognition. Theodore and Fuquan Edwin broke Seton Hall single-season records for assists and steals respectively. Edwin currently leads the nation in steals and steals per game.
Louisville earned a first round bye and the seventh seed in the 2012 BIG EAST Championship by compiling a 10-8 conference record. The Cardinals have lost three of their last four games including a 58-49 setback at Syracuse on March 3. Kyle Kuric, Russ Smith and Chris Smith are all averaging in double-figures in scoring with Gorgui Dieng, Chane Behanan and Peyton Siva averaging 8.4 ppg or better in a very balanced offensive attack. This is the first meeting of the teams in the BIG EAST Championship.
TV: ESPN - Sean McDonough, Bill Raftery & Jay Bilas
RADIO: Bloomberg 1130 AM - Gary Cohen & Dave Popkin
WSOU 89.5 FM - Tim LeCras, Jason Guerette & Chris Paizis
WEB: PIRATE SPORTS NETWORK - Live Audio Stream
ESPN3 - Live Video Stream - http://es.pn/bigeast-shu-uofl
SETON HALL - LOUISVILLE SERIES
If Seton Hall can defeat #15 Providence on Tuesday, it'll face #7 Louisville in the second round on Wednesday. It will be only the 16th meeting overall and first in BIG EAST Championship history. The Cardinals own a 10-5 all-time series lead. Earlier this season, on Jan. 28, Louisville defeated Seton Hall, 60-51, at the Prudential Center. Jordan Theodore led all scorers with 18 points, while Herb Pope had 12 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. It'll feature two of the top defensive players in the league, Gorgui Dieng, who led the BIG EAST in blocks and Fuquan Edwin, who led the nation in steals.
LAST 10 GAMES (UL, 7-3)
Date , Score, Location
Jan. 28, 2012, Louisville 60, SETON HALL 51, Newark, N.J.
Jan. 5, 2011, Louisville 73, SETON HALL 54, Louisville, Ky.
Jan. 21, 2010, SETON HALL 80, Louisville 77, Newark, N.J.
March 4, 2009, Louisville 95, SETON HALL 78, Louisville, Ky.
Jan. 19, 2008, SETON HALL 92, Louisville 82, Newark, N.J.
March 4, 2007, Louisville 86, SETON HALL 71, Louisville, Ky.
Dec. 10, 2003, Louisville 80, SETON HALL 71, Louisville, Ky.
Dec. 14, 2002, Louisville 91, SETON HALL 70, East Rutherford, N.J.
March 2, 1953, Louisville 73, SETON HALL 67, Louisville, Ky.
Dec. 15, 1952, SETON HALL 77, Louisville 66, South Orange, N.J.
PIRATES POUND PROVIDENCE IN FIRST ROUND
The Pirates shot a blistering 56.0% from the field and held Providence to just 26.8%, a season-low for a Seton Hall opponent, in a 79-47 victory in the first round of the 2012 BIG EAST Championship. Five Pirates scored in double-figures. Seton Hall was 9-for-19 from three-point range as six Pirates connected from downtown.
Seton Hall entered the week with a non-conference RPI of fourth in the country. The Pirates have registered victories over several NCAA Tournament bound teams. Seton Hall's non-conference opponents have gone on to win a combined 187 games through March 3. Half of those opponents have won at least 17 games. Seton Hall completed its 2011-12 non-conference schedule with a record of 11-1. It's the team's best non-conference showing since going 11-1 during the 1990-91 season. That year, the Pirates won their first BIG EAST Championship.
ASSISTING THE RECORD BOOKS
Senior Jordan Theodore recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 13 points and a career-high 13 assists over Providence in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship. His 13 assists is a new Seton Hall record for assists in a BIG EAST Tournament game and is the second-highest mark among all BIG EAST teams in tournament history. The standout point guard committed just one turnover in the victory.
CAREER NIGHT FOR MOBLEY
Freshman Brandon Mobley scored a career-high 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the floor and was 2-for-2 from three-point range in Seton Hall's first round victory over Providence in the BIG EAST Championship. The Savannah, Ga. native also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
Seton Hall's victory over Providence in the first round of the 2012 BIG EAST Championship is its 20th victory of the season. It is the 14th time in history that the Pirates have won at least 20 games and first since they went 21-10 in the 2003-04 season. 147 of the 152 BIG EAST all-time teams that won 20 games reached the NCAA tournament. 115 of 117 BIG EAST teams all-time that won 21 games made the NCAA Tournament.
THEODORE, POPE ALL-BIG EAST
Seniors Jordan Theodore and Herb Pope were named to All-BIG EAST teams on March 4. Theodore was named to the Second Team, while Pope earned Third Team status. Theodore finished the regular season ranked 10th in the conference in scoring, second in assists and sixth in free-throw percentage. Pope finished 12th in scoring, second in rebounding and fifth in blocked shots. It's the first time since the 2007-08 season that the Pirates landed two players on All-Conference teams.
NEW ATTENDANCE RECORD
At Seton Hall's game vs. Rutgers on Feb. 25, Pirates fans set a new Prudential Center attendance record for a Seton Hall game with 10,945. Pirates fans came out in droves to celebrate the careers of graduating seniors Pete Dill, Herb Pope and Jordan Theodore.
SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS FALL
In Seton Hall's regular season finale at DePaul a pair of impressive single-season records were broken. Senior Jordan Theodore broke Golden Sunkett's single-season record of 197 assists. Currently, he has 213 assists on the season. The previous record was set 49 years ago, in the 1962-63 season. Sophomore Fuquan Edwin broke Paul Gause's single-season record of 90 steals. Edwin currently has a nation-leading 94 steals this year. Gause set the record in 2006-07.