Game 25: Georgetown Hoyas (15-9, 5-6) at Seton Hall Pirates (14-9, 5-6)
When: Wednesday, 830pm
Where: Prudential Center
Series: Georgetown leads 58-47, teams split the series in 2018
TV: FS1 (Brian Custer & Sarah Kustok)
Radio: The Team 980 (Rich Chvotkin)
KenPom Ranking: Seton Hall 66, Georgetown 81
NET Ranking: Seton Hall 68, Georgetown 78
KenPom Projection: Seton Hall 79, Georgetown 74 (68 percent)
Line: Seton Hall -4
Another night, another chance for Georgetown to keep pace in third place in the BIG EAST as the Hoyas travel to Newark to face Seton Hall for the first time this season.
The Hoyas and Pirates entered the week as part of a five way tie at 5-6 the jumbled league standings. After Tuesday night’s games, St. John’s improved to 6-6 while Butler and DePaul dropped down to 5-7.
Mac McClung won his second BIG EAST Freshman of the Week award on Monday and will try and continue his good play as the Hoyas try and keep pace with the Red Storm. It was the second time this season McClung has claimed the award, trailing teammate James Akinjo by a week.
Jessie Govan – the lone Hoya to start every game this season – has been struggling of late. The offensively talented big continues to lead Georgetown in scoring at 18 ppg but has scored a total of 25 points over the last three games as the Hoyas have gone 1-2. For any shot at the postseason, Govan has to get out of this mini slump in a hurry.
After a nice start to the season with non-conference wins over Kentucky and Maryland, Seton Hall is just 2-5 in the last seven games. This has the Pirates holding on for dear life just on the edge of the NCAA Tournament field.
Gone are many of the players Hoya fans will probably most remember but Myles Powell remains and leads coach Kevin Williard’s Pirates by scoring 21 ppg. Quincy McKnight – a transfer from Sacred Heart – has had little problems adjusting to life in the BIG EAST as the junior chips in with 10 ppg and 4 apg. The other Myles – Myles Cale – is averaging 9 points and 4 rebounds while shooting just under 40 percent from 3-point range.
WHAT TO WATCH
Road Success - Georgetown enters Wednesday as one of just three teams with a winning record in league play on the road. The Hoyas away form has kept them in the mix despite some close stumbles at Capital One Arena. Georgetown will have to keep it going on the road in some unfriendly venues in order stay in NCAA Tournament consideration. The Hoyas have lost three straight games at Seton Hall, last winning in the Prudential Center in 2015.
Shooting Slump – The freshman point guard is leading the way with over six assists per game in conference play but is still looking to find his shooting form. Akinjo is shooting 28 percent from the field and just 19 percent on shots inside the arc. Akinjo has been most effeicnet on 3-points (40 percent) and getting to the line, taking six free throws per game.
Pickett Breaking Out – Jamorko Pickett is having his best three game stretch of the season scoring wise. A unanimous all-Freshman selection last year is finally scoring at the level most had expected earlier in the season. Pickett has made 9 of his last 12 3-pointer while averaging 13 ppg over the last three games.
Georgetown 84, Seton Hall 77 – Hoyas finally get a win in Newark setting up a week of prep before No. 13 Villanova comes to Capital One Arena on Feb 20.