Seton Hall basketball schedule 2023-24: Long December for Pirates

Seton Hall basketball’s Big East schedule is finalized, and it heats up quick.

The Pirates open at home against defending national champion UConn Dec. 20 and three days later ship out to Xavier, which is coming off a Sweet 16 appearance. Four their first six contests are on the road.

Here is the Hall’s entire 2023-24 slate, followed by three takeaways.

Dec 20, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard Kadary Richmond (0) shoots against the Xavier Musketeers in the first half at Cintas Center.
Dec 20, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard Kadary Richmond (0) shoots against the Xavier Musketeers in the first half at Cintas Center.
  • Monday, Nov. 6 vs. Saint Peter’s

  • Saturday, Nov. 11 vs. FDU at Walsh Gym

  • Wednesday, Nov. 15 vs. Albany

  • Saturday, Nov. 18 vs. Wagner

  • Thursday, Nov. 23 vs. USC in San Diego, 5:30 p.m. (FS1)

  • Friday, Nov. 24 vs. Oklahoma/Iowa in San Diego, 3:30 or 6 p.m. (Fox)

  • Wednesday, Nov. 29 vs. Northeastern

  • Tuesday, Dec. 5 at Baylor (Big East-Big 12 Battle)

  • Saturday, Dec. 9 vs. Rutgers

  • Tuesday, Dec. 12 vs. Monmouth

  • Sunday, Dec. 17 vs. Missouri in Kansas City, Mo.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 20 vs. UConn

  • Saturday, Dec. 23 at Xavier

  • Wednesday, Jan. 3 at Providence

  • Saturday, Jan. 6 vs. Marquette

  • Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Georgetown

  • Saturday, Jan. 13 at Butler

  • Tuesday, Jan. 16 vs. St. John’s

  • Saturday, Jan. 20 vs. Creighton

  • Wednesday, Jan. 24 vs. Providence

  • Saturday, Jan. 27 at Marquette

  • Tuesday, Jan. 30 at DePaul

  • Wednesday, Feb. 7 vs. Georgetown

  • Sunday, Feb. 11 at Villanova (Wells Fargo Center)

  • Wednesday, Feb. 14 vs. Xavier

  • Sunday, Feb. 18 at St. John’s (UBS Arena)

  • Saturday, Feb. 24 vs. Butler

  • Wednesday, Feb. 28 at Creighton

  • Sunday, March 3 at UConn (site TBA)

  • Wednesday, March 6 vs. Villanova

  • Saturday, March 9 vs. DePaul


1. Sizzling Big East opener

The conference opener is always a game of outsized importance, and what better way to raise the curtain than by having the defending national champions in your building? Yes, students will be on winter break (Seton Hall’s final exam period ends the day before, on Dec. 19), but the Rock has been rocking for games over break before – 11,000 fans were deafening as the Hall edged UConn on New Year’s Day in 2022. This isn't DePaul. If you can't pack the house for UConn, check your pulse.

2. Key homestand

You don’t get three straight at home in league play too often, so St. John’s, Creighton and Providence in Newark Jan. 16-24 is a stretch of resume-building gold. The first two projects to be in the preseason Top 25 polls, and Providence should be an NCAA Tournament contender.

3. It’s a long December

Is there reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last? The final page on the calendar could tell the tale as the Hall faces Baylor, Rutgers, Missouri, UConn and Xavier – and just two of those at home. Win three of those five, and the Pirates will head into 2024 with a bounce in their step. To quote The Shawshank Redemption: “Get busy living or get busy dying.”

Jerry Carino has covered the New Jersey sports scene since 1996 and the college basketball beat since 2003. He is an Associated Press Top 25 voter. Contact him at

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Seton Hall basketball schedule: Big East opener vs UConn