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Preview: Georgetown at No. 13 Seton Hall

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Hoyas face first ranked foe in 2017-18 season

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Game 17: Georgetown Hoyas (12-4, 2-3) at No. 13 Seton Hall (14-3, 3-1)

Series: Hoyas lead 57-46

Where/When: Prudential Center/Saturday noon

TV: FS1

KenPom: Seton Hall 83-72, 86 percent

Line: Seton Hall -12, o/u 153

Georgetown will complete a two-game road-trip on Saturday afternoon in Newark when it faces No. 13 Seton Hall. The Hoyas will be looking to go 2-0 on this trip after escaping Madison Square Garden on Tuesday with a 69-66 victory over St. John’s courtesy of a late Jessie Govan 3-pointer.

Govan once again led the Hoyas with 18 points and 13 rebounds while Marcus Derrickson added 17 points and eight rebounds.

For the Hoyas to snap a four game losing streak to Seton Hall and break the Pirates current 13-game home winning streak in the process they will have to do a far better job of holding on to the ball than they have so far in league play.

In their three BIG EAST losses the Hoyas average over 20 turnovers per game, up four from their season average.

The turnovers have come from everywhere as all eight regulars average at least 1.5 giveaways per outing. Against St. John’s reserve guard Jagan Mosely came off the bench to score 15 points to go along with five assists but committed six turnovers in the process. Between Mosely, Jahvon Blair, and Jonathan Mulmore, the decision making and exectuion must improve both on the break and in the halfcourt offense.

Scouting Seton Hall: Angel Delgado, Khadeen Carrington, and Desi Rodriguez make the Pirates one of the most experienced teams in not just the BIG EAST but the country. The three seniors have posted a 4-2 record against Georgetown, winning the last four. Delgado has been especially great against Georgetown by posting 14.3 points and 13.7 rebounds per game. What makes Delgado even more difficult to guard is his ability to pass out of any situation. Delgado racks up 3.1 assists per game which is good for 11th in the league. He he has the highest average of any non-guard in the BIG EAST.

Ranked Foes: It took until Game No. 17 but the Hoyas are playing their first ranked opponent of the season in the thirteenth-ranked Pirates. This is the longest it’s taken Georgetown to play a team in the Top 25 since the 1975-76 season when they faced then-No. 12 St. John’s in the 18th game of the season. Georgetown is 10-6 all-time against teams ranked No. 13 with the last win coming against Oregon in Maui last season.

Prediction: No. 13 Seton Hall 84, Georgetown 75