Seton Hall's Kevin Willard pokes fun at UConn, Dan Hurley joining Big East

Garrett Stepien
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Kevin Willard looks on during Seton Hall game
Kevin Willard looks on during Seton Hall game

As a Big East return for the UConn men's basketball team awaits in 2020-21, the conference gets a jolt with the Huskies bringing a latest source of competition.

While UConn head coach Dan Hurley gets his team ready for Year 3, he received a playful reaction from Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard.

"Well, it sucks for us, to be honest with you," Willard said Wednesday at Big East media day. "I voted against it, so I’m still not happy about it. No one in this league listens to me, so I'm not getting my way. In general, for the league, it's great. I'm a big fan of what Dan does."

Of course, Big East university presidents are the only ones involved in voting for a team's conference entry. Willard, obviously, was kidding.

Hurley's Huskies went 35-29 overall and 16-20 against American Athletic Conference play from 2018-20. After a 16-17 (6-12 AAC) debut in 2018-19, UConn went 19-12 (10-8) on the 2019-20 season, including a five-game winning streak to end the regular season, but the coronavirus pandemic caused a cancelation of the conference and NCAA tournaments.

The Huskies enter as an 11th Big East team for 2020-21. Willard's Pirates went 21-9 overall and 13-5 against conference play in 2019-20.