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Saturday, March 3, 2012
Seton Hall suffers devastating defeat

By Kieran Darcy



Seton Hall's chances of making the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006 took a hit Saturday night, with the Pirates losing big at last-place DePaul, 86-58.

The Hall was already a bubble team, and this is the kind of loss that will make the selection committee cringe.

The Pirates (19-11, 8-10 Big East) now have work to do in the Big East tournament next week. And they cost themselves a bye with the loss to the Blue Demons, too. Seton Hall would have been the No. 8 seed with a win on Saturday, and bypassed the opening round. Now they'll have to play on Tuesday, as the No. 10 seed, facing No. 15 seed Providence at 7 p.m.

It's been a roller-coaster of season for Seton Hall. The Pirates were a big surprise early, opening up 15-2 and earning their first national ranking since 2001. Then they lost six straight games from mid-January through early February. They bounced back to win four of five after that, including an impressive victory over Georgetown.

But now they've ended the regular season with back-to-back losses to Rutgers and DePaul -- the second of which could cost them a bid to the Big Dance.