Game 27 - Georgetown (6-20) @ Seton Hall (15-11)
Nuts & Bolts
Date: February 14, 2023
Time: 6:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
How to Watch: CBS Sports Network
Matchup History: Georgetown leads all-time series 61-56
Last Meeting: Seton Hall def. Georgetown 61-56 on 1/10/23
Betting Lines: Via DraftKings
Spread: Georgetown +11.5
Prediction: Georgetown 63, Seton Hall 70
Official Game Notes: HERE
Georgetown broke the record this season for longest Big East losing streak at 29 games and has been diligently working on a new one since ending the streak with a win over DePaul on January 24.
The Hoyas have lost five games in a row and the last two by double-digits. With five games to play, Georgetown is firmly locked into last place in the conference and is unlikely to be in a different position come Big East Tournament time in just over three weeks.
This makes it hard to ‘get up’ for games down the stretch for Georgetown. The Hoyas aren’t playing for much beyond pride at this stage of the season. With the record-setting losing streak behind them, sights are clearly set on New York and Madison Square Garden for what should be the most wide open conference tournament in years.
I’m a believer that the Hoyas can win a game in MSG, maybe shock everyone and
win two. But it’ll have to be four wins in four days to really shake the foundation of college hoops.
For now, it’s Seton Hall on the road. A team that held Georgetown to a season low 51 points in the first meeting, the Hoyas will be challenged to score against the best defense in the Big East (64.2) and even more challenged to win with its conference-worst defense (77.5 PPG).
ESPN’s main bracketologist, Joe Lunardi, currently has the Pirates in the “Next Four Out” section of his bubble watch for the NCAA Tournament.
Seton Hall has work to do in its remaining five regular season games and fortunately has opportunities to strengthen its resume. The Pirates face three ranked opponents in the final five games, UConn, Xavier and Providence, with games against Villanova and tonight’s matchup with Georgetown.
The Pirates have lost two straight coming into Tuesday’s game against the Hoyas and cannot afford to drop a third in a row.
Seton Hall’s chances of making the tournament is likely tied to winning at least three, but likely four of its final five games. They cannot lose to the worst team in the Big East if they want to make the NCAA Tournament.
All season, the Pirates have struggled to score, averaging 68.5 points per game, ranking 259 nationally. Fortunately, Shaheen Holloway is known for his defensive-minded coaching, which has kept SHU in more games than not.
For Seton Hall, the magic number is 70. When the Pirates score 70, they’re 10-1. When they don’t, they’re 5-10.
Georgetown has the worst defense in the Big East, so the Hall should be able to find its offensive footing and score 70+ for the first time in four games.