Game 18 - Georgetown (5-12) vs. Seton Hall (9-8)
Nuts & Bolts
Date: January 10, 2023
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
How to Watch: Fox Sports 1
Matchup History: Georgetown leads all-time series 61-55
Last Meeting: Seton Hall def. Georgetown 57-53 on 3/9/22
Betting Lines: Via DraftKings
Spread: Georgetown +9
Prediction: Georgetown 63, Seton Hall 74
Official Game Notes: HERE
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Head Coach: Patrick Ewing (6th season, 73-96 record at Georgetown)
Record: 5-12 (0-6, 11th in Big East)
Last Time Out: Lost @ Marquette 95-73
Player to Watch: Primo Spears
It was a story we’ve seen time and time again in Saturday’s 22 point loss in Milwaukee against Marquette. The Hoyas look strong in the first half and take a nosedive down the stretch to lose by double digits.
Just like the games against American, Villanova, UConn, South Carolina, Loyola Marymount, etc., Georgetown opened up a first half lead and was arguably the better team in the first half.
The Hoyas led by two at the break as an 18 point underdog, teeing up a second half in which they were outscored by 24.
It’s hard to know if it’s halftime adjustments or lack thereof, conditioning, or something else. Regardless of your theory, it’s happening over and over and over. Great start, maybe even a lead before crawling to the finish line.
Like so many of the games mentioned, Georgetown didn’t just lose the lead. It evaporated immediately and quickly turned into a blowout the other way. Marquette was red hot, scoring 61 points in the second half on Georgetown’s 349th ranked defense (there are 358 D1 men’s basketball teams).
MU even had a record-breaking performance by sophomore guard Tyler Kolek, who recorded 15 assists without a turnover. It’s the most assists the Hoyas have allowed by a single player in history.
Georgetown keeps breaking the wrong records while maintaining all the wrong trends. Even though it doesn’t feel like it now, there is still tons of time to turn around the season.
However, based on the fact that the Hoyas have lost 26 Big East games in a row, that seems exceedingly unlikely.
Head Coach: Shaheen Holloway (1st season at Seton Hall)
Record: 9-8 (2-4, 8th in Big East)
Last Time Out: Won vs. Butler 76-51
Player to Watch: Kadary Richmond
The Seton Hall Pirates are off to a slower start than they wanted in 2022-23, but the future is still bright for the program.
Former head coach Kevin Willard left SHU to take the top job at Maryland, paving the way for the return of former Pirate legend Shaheen Holloway as head coach.
Of course, Holloway famously led Saint Peter’s, a 15-seed, to the Elite 8 in the 2022 NCAA Tournament. The greatest cinderella run of all time landed Holloway the job at his alma mater.
So far this season, the Hall can’t score but they can really play defense.
The Pirates are giving up just 64 points per game while scoring just under 70 points per game. Their offense is ranked 229th nationally and the defense is 61st.
The defense has been keeping Seton Hall in most of its games. The two Big East wins were by a combined 47 points while losses at Xavier and vs. Providence were by a combined 7 points.
In each of the past four games, the Pirates have either won by 22 or more or lost by double digits. On Tuesday, they take on a Georgetown team that can score in spurts but struggles mightily on defense.
Just 10 days ago, Butler came to D.C. and won by 29. On Saturday, Seton Hall dispatched Butler by 25.
All signs are pointing toward a 27th Big East loss in a row, but that will be the case until the streak ends.
This is one of the better opportunities the Hoyas will have to end the streak and it still feels like a very tall task.