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Surprising Seton Hall jumps into AP Poll Top 25

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Following two impressive wins over ranked teams St. John’s and Villanova, Seton Hall was rewarded with a No. 19 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25.

Seton Hall has become one of the best stories in the country, as head coach Kevin Willard has the Pirates off to a 12-2 start overall, 2-0 in the Big East conference. Willard, following their win over St. John’s, didn’t appear to be overly-concerned about if and when Seton Hall would become nationally ranked.

“If we get ranked, great,” said Willard. “If we don’t, we have to continue to work hard and get better.”

That hard work has paid off.

Seton Hall’s impressive play in non-conference play opened eyes around the country and helped bring attention to a resurgent Big East conference this season. However, the Pirates solidified they’re not a fluke, opening league play with wins over No. 15 ranked St. John’s and No. 5 ranked (and previously undefeated) Villanova. The Pirates were without freshman standout, Isaiah Whitehead, for both games, making their success all the more impressive.

Sterling Gibbs was named Big East Player of the Week, and Khadeen Carrington took Rookie of the Week honors.

Seton Hall has shown they’re a legitimate threat in the Big East this season, as this team’s core is young and gaining confidence with every win. Breaking through to the AP Top 25 officially puts them on everyone’s radar.

Meanwhile, in the Big East, Villanova slipped to No. 8 in the polls and St. John’s fell to No. 24. However, what’s becoming apparent is that the Big East will have a consistent presence of at least two teams nationally ranked in the top 25 this season.

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