Game 16 - Georgetown (8-7) vs. Seton Hall (10-5)
Nuts & Bolts
Date: January 9, 2024
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Capital One Arena - Washington, DC
How to Watch: FS1
Matchup History: Georgetown leads all-time series 61-57
Last Meeting: Seton Hall def. Georgetown 76-68 on 2/14/23
Betting Lines: Via DraftKings
Spread: Georgetown +7
Prediction: Georgetown 67, Seton Hall 79
Follow Along on Twitter
Road to the Garden: https://twitter.com/Road2TheGarden
Zach Penrice - DMV Sports: https://twitter.com/Zach_DMVSports
Georgetown survived its ‘can’t lose’ game on Saturday afternoon against DePaul, defeating the Blue Demons in unconvincing fashion, 68-65.
All eight Hoyas who played scored, led by big man Supreme Cook who finished with 14 points, followed closely by Ish Massoud with 13 and Epps and Brumbaugh with 10.
It’s beginning to look more and more like Georgetown will not be making much of a significant leap from last year with Patrick Ewing to this year with Ed Cooley as head coach.
The Hoyas lack the quality and depth to win games in the Big East conference on a consistent basis. At this point, the league appears to be split into two tiers: The top nine and the bottom two, with Georgetown and DePaul as the outliers at the bottom of the league.
For Cooley and the Hoyas, success this season would be closing that gap to the top nine. One of the opponents that could provide that measuring stick is Seton Hall, led by second year Head Coach Shaheen Holloway, who famously took Saint Peter’s to the Elite 8 two years ago before returning to his alma mater.
However, the Pirates have been an early season surprise in the Big East and look more formidable than previously thought.
Tuesday night’s game in DC will be far from easy, with Seton Hall looking to stay in the top third of the conference standings.
For Georgetown, if they want to pick off any of the teams not named DePaul, they’ll have to distribute the ball better through Epps and Brumbaugh and shoot much better from three.
In the win on Saturday, the Hoyas shot just 38% from three and dished out 12 assists on 23 made baskets.
Good enough to beat DePaul (barely), but likely not good enough to beat anyone else in the conference.
A win for Georgetown could be viewed in the short-term as the team beginning to turn the season around. After Tuesday night’s game, the Hoyas have back-to-back games on the road against #4 UConn and Xavier.
Shaheen Holloway’s Seton Hall Pirates are the early season surprise team in the Big East Conference.
The Pirates are 3-1 in the conference and have already won on the road in Providence, and have taken down two teams ranked in the top ten in the nation in UConn and Marquette.
Mixed in with those three impressive victories is a 20 point loss on the road against Xavier.
This Seton Hall team has been very good at times, but just a bit too inconsistent so far early in the year.
The Pirates went 7-4 in the non-conference slate, losing to USC, Iowa, Baylor, and Rutgers, with its best win coming against Missouri, making the early conference season success all that more surprising.
Senior Guard Kadary Richmond is the motor that makes this team go. In the win over #5 UConn on December 20, Richmond had a season-high 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assist, and a whopping 8 steals.
The Pirates go as he goes, and as long as Richmond keeps playing the way he has, averaging 15.7 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 4.4 APG, and 2.2 SPG while shooting 47% from the field, Seton Hall will be a force in the Big East that no one saw coming.