Around the Hall: Looking Forward to Georgetown, Previews, Last Year, Letdown, Honor Roll, Burning Starters

The AP recaps last season's Pirates victory in advance of tomorrow's game.  Courtesy of CBS Sports:

Georgetown (12-2, 3-1) is hoping to get a measure of revenge against Seton Hall (10-5, 1-3) after the Pirates defeated the then-12th-ranked Hoyas 65-60 on Jan. 25, snapping a four-game losing streak in the series.

Georgetown shot a season-low 32.7 percent and had 17 turnovers in the loss, which was part of a season-high five-game skid for the Hoyas. They would eventually finish 7-11 in the Big East - their worst such record in five seasons under coach John Thompson III.

John Thompson III recognizes the Hoyas must guard against a letdown coming off of Saturday's comeback win against UConn writes Liz Clarke of the Washington Post:

Thursday brings another conference home game against Seton Hall (10-5, 1-3). And whether as a result of the bitter lesson of last season's collapse or the constant reminders from Coach John Thompson III, this Georgetown squad knows it must guard against a letdown on the heels of such a roundly satisfying win.

Junior Jeremy Hazell was named to his third weekly Big East Weekly Honor Roll:

Hazell averaged 23.0 points and 2.5 steals in a week that saw Seton Hall go 1-1. Last Wednesday, he scored 13 points in a 71-63 loss at #13 Connecticut. On Saturday vs. Cincinnati, Hazell exploded for a game-high 33 points and four steals ensuring Seton Hall's first BIG EAST victory of the season. It was the fifth time this season Hazell has topped the 30-point mark in a game and 12th time in his career.

Four Georgetown starters are averaging 33mpg, while only Jeremy Hazell averages more than 30mpg for the Pirates at 32.  Craig Stouffer raises the question whether the Hoyas are burning their starters as they play more minutes than other teams around the conference.  

Last weekend the Georgetown bench was outscored by its UConn counterpart, 21-4. "People talk about depth," said Hoyas head coach John Thompson III after his reserves didn't a score a single point in a win over St. John's last month.

 

"But the guys they have coming off the bench are just as good, if not better, than the guys they have out there first." At 20.8 minutes per contest, Hollis Thompson (3.9 ppg. 2.6 rpg) is Georgetown's only regular reserve. Sophomore Henry Sims and freshman Jerrelle Benimon have seen barely six minutes apiece in each Georgetown's first four conference games.

 

Seton Hall and Georgetown tip-off at 7pm, airing on ESPN Thursday night. 

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