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Game 24: Georgetown Hoyas (13-10, 4-6) vs Seton Hall Pirates (13-8, 3-6)

Series: Hoyas lead 57-44

Where/When: Verizon Center, Saturday noon

TV: FS1

KenPom: Hoyas 75-71, 63 percent

Line: Hoyas -3.5

Georgetown has won three games in a row. We can now officially call this a BIG EAST winning streak.

Rodney Pryor, LJ Peak, and the rest of the gang will try to match Georgetown’s longest BIG EAST winning streak since 2015 when Seton Hall comes to the Verizon Center on Saturday.

As has been the case most of the past two seasons, you never quite know what you are going to get from the Hoyas both in play on the court and players available.

Fifth year senior Bradley Hayes, who played well against Butler, was dressed but didn’t see any action in the Georgetown’s last win at DePaul midweek. The school said he suffered a right foot injury during warmups while viewers at home were left wondering about his clearly visible black eye.

Seldom used Trey Mourning was unavailable and wearing a suit on the sidelines so the Hoyas could have been in trouble had their been foul problems with the other bigs.

Saturday’s game against Seton Hall will be one of the bigger contests between these original conference foes in quite some time. Both schools are hanging around most everybody’s First Four and Next Four Out lists.

For Georgetown to win they will need to break a recent trend of Pirate wins. Seton Hall has swept the Hoyas in two of the last three seasons including last year. Georgetown has never lost more than three straight against Seton Hall with the last time coming between 2002 and 2004.

Khadeen Carrington and Desi Rodriquez led the Pirates in scoring but if you’re Georgetown the player that you need to focus on is Angel Delgado and his 13 rebounds per game. Only once this season as Delgado had just one offensive rebound. The Hoyas as a team have done that twice.

Whatever your feelings are on Bradley Hayes, Georgetown will need his big body against Seton Hall.

With Hayes out last game the Hoyas received an unexpected boost from the only fourth year senior on the roster in Reggie Cameron. Cameron, a native of New Jersey, knocked down a three, gabbed a few rebounds, and swatted his lone shot of the season. He also picked up the second half start with Peak in foul trouble.

NCAA: Mission accomplished last time out as the Hoyas beat DePaul but far more importantly they avoided a horrible loss that would have turned the rest of the season into a BIG EAST Tournament or bust situation. Still holding that Georgetown going 6-2 would get them in the NCAAs while 5-3 could do it without a bad loss. Of course these things don’t happen in a vacuum so you’re obviously going to need to root against other Bubble teams and for those midmajors in one bid leagues that have reigned supreme all season to take care of business in their conference tournaments.

NIT/.500: Georgetown needs to go 3-5 the rest of the way to enter the BIG EAST Tournament with a winning record. The most likely path to do so would be to win three of the final four home games starting with Seton Hall. This is looking more and more likely after every game.

Reason to be cynical: Seton Hall has given Georgetown all kinds of fits in BIG EAST 2.0 and they can rebound. That’s a problem particularly on the offensive glass.

Reason to be delusional: The BIG EAST Tournament Trophy is making a stop at the Verizon Center so what’s not to like?

Prediction: Georgetown will need a big effort game from Akoy Agau on the glass. Hoyas 73, Pirates 68