Posted: Wednesday October 30, 2013 3:30 PM

Optimistic Pirates hope to make most of new league

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) - Seton Hall is expecting big things in the new Big East Conference.

Coming off a 15-18 record and a 3-15 mark in the final season of the power-packed old conference, the Pirates will bring back eight players and a full roster into the new Big East for fourth-year coach Kevin Willard. It's clearly his most talented roster and his deepest.

Pacing the way will be senior guard Fuquan Edwin, who averaged 16.5 points last season in leading the team in scoring for the second straight year.

The difference this year will be the competition. Gone from the Big East are perennial powers Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Louisville, Cincinnati and Connecticut, along with Rutgers and South Florida.

DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's and Villanova remain from the old league, which bolstered its ranks by adding Butler, Xavier and Creighton.
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