Head coach Kevin Willard, Myles Powell and Seton Hall have put together a nice squad. Even after losing players like Desi Rodriguez and Angel Delgado to the NBA, the Pirates should be one of the better teams in the Big East. Still, they had no business hanging with John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats and their stable of NBA talent.
Not only did they hang with them, they ended coming up on top 84-83 at Madison Square Garden.
SETON HALL SEALS IT IN OT!— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) December 8, 2018
The Pirates knock off No. 9 Kentucky in a THRILLER at the Garden. pic.twitter.com/BLP2jDcOXI
Powell once again led the Pirates with 28 points. Quincy McKnight added 17 while Taurean Thompson poured in 13 off the bench. Seton Hall shot 11-27 on three pointers, a much more efficient mark than the Wildcats' 5-20 showing.
For Kentucky, future first round pick PJ Washington was excellent on the day, with 29 points and 12 rebounds. Reid Travis added 13 in a solid effort. Wildcat studs Keldon Johnson and Nick Richards, also pro hopefuls, scored just 12 and two points, respectively.
Even with Kentucky struggling, they remained tied with nine seconds left. Powell hit a a clutch shot from deep for Seton Hall, but it was quickly nullified by Johnson's half court heave.
Magic at the Garden!— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 8, 2018
The end of regulation for Seton Hall vs. No. 9 Kentucky was CRAZY pic.twitter.com/gaD6JmRQ94
In overtime, Pirates guard Myles Cale drained another big shot that finally put the Wildcats out of their misery.
The dagger from Myles Cale to knock off No. 9 Kentucky in OT!pic.twitter.com/fxgenGR3us— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) December 8, 2018
Kentucky's early season struggles are not at all reflective of the Kentucky team we were promised early in the season.
Seton Hall beats Kentucky. The Cats aren’t a Top 25 team ... right now.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) December 8, 2018
Just weeks after getting demolished by Duke, the Wildcats are in complete free fall.