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Seton Hall Basketball: JP's Game Preview- Georgetown Hoyas

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Well, folks, this is it. It's the final opportunity of the season for the Pirates to get a signature victory, and this time, we all know that it will stay that way if it happens (unlike the WVU and UConn wins earlier this season).

Here's what you need to know about the Hoyas:


2011-12 record: 20-5

All-time series record: 40-53

Last meeting: 1/18/11 (80-75 SHU L)

Georgetown, by all accounts and purposes, by numbers and the so-called "eye-test," is a very good team. They still run a system involving the Princeton offense and a disciplined defense, and still are one of the best three-point shooting teams in the conference.

Still with Georgetown is Jason Clark, the epitome of Hoyas basketball. He's the leading scorer for this year's club, and he's a very good three-point shooter and defender on the perimeter with veteran smarts. Joining him in the Hoyas' backcourt are Jabril Trawick and Markel Starks. Trawick is a solid guard, while Starks has been a bit of a three-point sniper this season after barely playing last season.

In the Hoya frontcourt is where the strength of the team lies. Henry Sims has had a monumental senior year, showing off some ball skills while being a defensive anchor down low AND leading the team in assists. He's one of the best-passing big men in the nation, and it gives a whole new dimension to the Hoyas' offense. Nate Lubick brings hustle and heart to the lineup.

And then there's two freshmen in Otto Porter and Greg Whittington. Porter has an old-school midrange game, and he's been doing a little of everything this season. Whittington has, rather unexpectedly, become a nice piece off the bench for John Thompson III, giving all he can on defense.

Oh, and don't forget Hollis Thompson. He's the best shooter from beyond the arc in the Big East this year, making a ridiculous 48% from deep this year. Thompson can also get to the rim, making him Georgetown's most dangerous offensive weapon.

Seton Hall will win if:

- They can run offense and make threes. Georgetown is terrific in almost every defensive category- 2nd in the Big East in scoring defense, 3rd in FG% defense, 1st in 3P% defense, 5th in blocks, and 2nd in defensive rebounding percentage. Seton Hall's tough task is to be able to score against the Hoyas, something not many teams have been able to do this year. The opening 5 minutes of the game need to set the tone for the Pirates in this regard.

Georgetown will win if:

- They play at their pace. The Hoyas are a slow-it-down type of team. That's not to say they won't run, but the Princeton offense prides itself on getting easy shots off of precise ball movement and cutting, and that requires taking time off the shot clock to properly run their sets. Seton Hall would like to play faster than this, so if Georgetown can control the tempo on the road, they'll be in great shape.