BoD East Region- First Round #5 Seton Hall vs #12 Texas

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Who wins this East Regional 1st Round matchup?

Poll closed Mar 30, 2020.
  1. 5 Seton Hall

  2. 12 Texas

  1. EvilMonkeyInTheCloset

    EvilMonkeyInTheCloset Well-Known Member
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    #5 Seton Hall Pirates (21-9, 13-5)

    Big East (t1st)
    Off- 74.7 ppg / Def- 67.9 ppg
    NCAA Appearances- 13 (Last: 2019)

    Top Scorers:
    Myles Powell 21.0 ppg
    Sandro Mamukelashvili 11.9 ppg
    Quincy McKnight 11.9 ppg
    Jared Rhoden 9.1 ppg
    Romaro Gill 7.8 ppg

    #12 Texas Longhorns (20-12, 9-9)

    Big 12 (t3rd)
    Off- 64.2 ppg / Def- 63.3 ppg
    NCAA Appearances- 34 (Last: 2018)

    Top Scorers:
    Matt Coleman III 12.7 ppg
    Andrew Jones 11.5 ppg
    Courtney Ramey 10.9 ppg
    Jericho Sims 9.7 ppg
    Jase Febres 9.3 ppg

    This committee would like to take this opportunity to admit that they may have under-seeded the Pirates just a little bit. Few teams in the country would have been as battle-tested as Seton Hall, who finished the season with a NET ranking of 15 and a top 10 SOS with wins over Maryland and Villanova, and sweeps of Butler and Marquette. They also had narrow early-season losses to conference champions Michigan State and Oregon. If the worst of their 9 losses this season was to a middling Iowa State team at Hilton Coliseum after just having played them in a pre-conference tournament, then that's not too shabby. And with 1st-Team All-American Myles Powell leading the way, it would've been a safe bet to assume Seton Hall would be a major sleeper in the NCAA Tournament.

    The Longhorns made the field over other bubble teams despite their less-than-stellar 19-12 mark and .500 record in the very top-heavy Big 12, because they just had very few bad losses, to go along with their quality wins. Blemishes against Iowa State, and then, embarrassingly, against Oklahoma State on Senior Day were not enough to keep them out of this hypothetical tournament. Texas was a bubble team that probably benefited from the tournament cancellations as it kept other potential bubble teams from building a better case to keep the Longhorns on the outside after what many thought was a devastating loss to the Cowboys.

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