NEW YORK – Jordan Theodore slowly walked into the postgame press conference with his head down and an orange towel draped around his neck. As he sat down at the podium and looked at the stat sheet he exhaled and shook his head in disappointment.
He looked up with red, watery eyes. Fighting back tears, he reflected on the game Seton Hall just lost, the season they had and proclaimed why his team should make the NCAA Tournament.
The verklempt senior tried to make sense of the circumstances he and his team are now in, all the while knowing his team's post-season hopes could have been in their hands.
It was a case of the age-old cliché “win and they're in.”
Although Seton Hall downplayed that fact after defeating Providence last night, they were well aware of their NCAA Tournament prospects. They were a bubble team a win away from securing a spot in the Big Dance for the first time since 2006. However, when you ask Seton Hall’s head coach, his 20 win team should already have been in.