Georgetown @ Seton Hall, 7:00PM EST
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Opening Line: Seton Hall +3.5 (SHU 7-9 ATS)
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Seton Hall Pirates, Big East, Record: 8-10 (2-4), KenPom: 77, RPI: 94, SOS: 14
Seton Hall came back down to reality on Saturday at the hands of the Pittsburgh Panthers. How will they respond after a fairly unresponsive game at The Pete?
Seton Hall fans should look for improved play from the guards. Jeremy Hazell was effectively held in check by Pittsburgh, Keon Lawrence made little impact, and Jordan Theodore needs to improve on his 3 assist count.
Herb Pope has returned to his old form, and has been very impressive over the past few games. However, Jeff Robinson reverted to his two-guard identity against the Panthers, attempting five three pointers. His presence was desperately needed under the basket, as the Pirates were significantly out rebounded.
Another statistical category to watch is team three point shooting. Besides Jeremy Hazell, Jeff Robinson took five treys and Fuquan Edwin attempted one against Pittsburgh - that was it for the entire team. I believe that is a recipe for success this season, as this team is not a good 3PT shooting team by any stretch. Not many (around 5-7) three pointers should be attempted outside of Hazell.
Georgetown Hoyas, Big East, Record: 13-5 (2-4), KenPom: 29, RPI: 7, SOS: 2
The Hoyas are struggling. They have an identical record to Seton Hall in Big East play (2-4) with unimpressive wins against Depaul and Rutgers. Their #23 ranking is not indicative of their play of late.
Georgetown's strength is clearly their FG%. They have accumulated a 50.7% average thus far, good for 3rd in the country. More specifically, their 2PT FG% is 57.4%, good for 2nd in the nation. What does this mean? Expect Georgetown to use all of the court within the arc. Screens, back door cuts, motion offense, you name it, and Georgetown will try it in their half court sets.
The bottom line is that Georgetown is beatable at this juncture. Seton Hall has a decent chance at pulling off the upset if they play like they did against Syracuse as the Rock.
KenPom Prediction: Georgetown 69, Seton Hall 65
Seton Hall fell to #5 Pittsburgh, 74-53, on Saturday. Senior Jeremy Hazell was playing in only his second game since returning from a broken left wrist. Junior Herb Pope recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 15 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high six blocks. Three players are averaging in double-figures in scoring for the Pirates. Hazell leads the team with 20.8 points per game. Freshman Patrik Auda missed his fourth game with an injured right foot.
The game with Seton Hall on Tuesday will be the 93rd meeting all-time between the schools. Georgetown leads the head-to-head series, 53-39, and has won five of the last six games.
Senior guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday after his performance in a pair of games last week. This is the third time this season that Freeman, the BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year, has been selected to the honor roll as he was recognized on Nov. 29 and Dec. 27. Freeman averaged 18.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists last week as the Hoyas split a pair of games, losing at home to No. 5 Pittsburgh before downing the Scarlet Knights.