Seton Hall @ Georgetown, 7:00PM
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Radio: 770 WABC
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The Seton Hall Pirates (10-5, 1-3) will try to build off of their win against Cincinnati as they head to Washington D.C. to take on the Georgetown Hoyas (AP #11, 12-2, 3-1) on Thursday night. With a victory, the Pirates would start their first multi-game winning streak since December 12th when they beat VMI to record their 8th straight. Tomorrow's contest will mark the fourth of their last six where the Pirates will face a team ranked inside the top 13. Despite the AP #11 ranking, the Hoyas aren't without their flaws. They struggled in their home opener, eventually defeating a Temple team that limited the Georgetown offense to 46 points. After building an impressive 8-0 non-conference record, they dropped a home contest to Old Dominion in a game that saw the Monarchs lead for all 40 minutes! The Monarchs jumped on the Hoyas quickly and fought off a late 2nd half GTown push to send the Hoyas to their first loss of the season.
After making quick work of Harvard, the Hoyas found themselves struggling again, before defeating a St. John's team that briefly lead with 7 minutes remaining. Following a thrashing of Depaul, the Hoyas lost their 2nd game of the season on the road to unranked Marquette. The hangover clearly spilled over into Saturday's contest against UConn as Georgetown looked ready to accept their second straight Big East defeat. Austin Freeman had something to say as he single handedly lead the Hoyas to one of the best comebacks of the college basketball season, overcoming a 19 point deficit. This isn't last year's Hoyas squad, the loss to ODU was a fluke and Marquette simply had the better night among Big East foes. The Pirates have their work cut out for them, trying to prevent falling into a serious 1-4 Big East hole, it's obvious they need this win more. One thing is for sure, the Hall will will play up to the level of their competition, we'll find out soon whether they can do it for the full 40 minutes.
From SHU Athletics:
SETON HALL - GEORGETOWN SERIES Seton Hall and Georgetown will resume one of the longest-running rivalries in the BIG EAST when they meet for the 92nd time on Thursday. The Hoyas have a 51-40 all-time series lead. Last season, the Pirates snapped a four-game losing streak to Georgetown, winning 65-60 on a day that Seton Hall celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the 1989 Final Four team. The Hoyas were also ranked #12 in the country at the time of the loss.
#12, #11, eh, what's the difference? Let's start our own two-game winning streak against Georgetown with a win tonight.
The Georgetown University men's basketball plays its second-straight BIG EAST Conference home game on Thursday, Jan. 14, hosting long-time rival Seton Hall at Verizon Center. Tipoff at The Phonebooth is slated for 7 p.m. (ET) and the game will be shown live on ESPN, with Mike Patrick and Len Elmore calling all of the action. Rich Chvotkin's radio play-by-play can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM. The Hoyas enter the game on Thursday with a 12-2 overall record and a 3-1 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. GU is ranked No. 11 in the country in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 11 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches poll.
Seton Hall only has three or four more chances to notch a, "major road win," writes 'Piratz' in his game preview for PirateCrew.com:
Unfortunately now the margin for error has been significantly reduced. They need to make a few major statements during Big East play, including a big time road win or two. By my count they have just 3 opportunities left to notch an ultra-impressive road wins: 1). Thursday at Georgetown 2). February 2nd at Villanova 3). February 20th at West Virginia. Maybe you can include Pittsburgh on February 6th on that list if they continue to rip off wins like they have thus far.
You'd have to think Pittsburgh's win over UConn last night suddenly makes that February 6th contest look more important than the Pirates loss at Gampel last Wednesday. UConn has yet to defeat a ranked team this season, while Pittsburgh has defeated two, including #5 Syracuse, en route to a 4-0 Big East start. On that note, it looks like a home win against Seton Hall or a home win against Notre Dame probably marks Connecticut's best win of the season.