Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard and his players usually spend Big East media day talking about motivation. Proving their doubters wrong. Answering questions about why they are better than where they were predicted to finish.
Thursday was different. In a role reversal, Seton Hall was slotted first, picked by the Big East coaches to win the league, unseating Villanova as the preseason favorite.
Myles Powell was anointed as the Preseason Player of the Year. The past time these two things happened for Seton Hall on Big East media day were 2000 and 1992.
“It’s exciting for the players, it’s exciting for the program, but at the same time it’s also a huge challenge,” Willard said Thursday at the Garden. “We got to stay focused and we got to stay humble. It’s something we talked about as a team: How did we get to this moment?”