Saturday was another rough night for the Georgetown Hoyas as they dropped their third straight game. This time it was a 69-61 loss to Seton Hall, who got a huge game from Angel Delgado. The Hoyas fell to 13-11 and now find themselves 6th in the BIG EAST after being 3rd for quite a while. After their big win against Xavier a few weeks ago, Georgetown have only won one of their last five games and are sliding. According to ESPN's Joe Lunardi, Georgetown were the top team in the "Next Four Out" category but after this loss everything could change for the worst. As they head into an important stretch of games, Georgetown are in need of a win.
Speaking of needing wins, the St. John's Red Storm still need a conference win. They are on a 11 game losing streak in the conference and right now their best bet of winning looks to be on February 17th when they play DePaul. St. John's are last in the BIG EAST with a record of 7-17, and everyone knows about their 0-11 conference record. They were absolutely smacked by Butler in their last game as the Bulldogs just ran over the Red Storm. It was another double digit loss for St. John's as they lost 89-56 to Butler. The only positive to take away from that game would be the return of freshman center Yankuba Sima who played 23 minutes in the loss. Although he didn't contribute much, scoring just three points and grabbing five rebounds, his return will certainly help St. John's in the rebounding area down the stretch of the season.
After this game Georgetown will play Providence and Seton Hall again. While St. John's will take on Villanova and DePaul after this.
How to watch, listen, or stream
Game time: 7 p.m. ET
TV: Fox Sports 1
Radio: 106,7 The Fan (Georgetown), 970 WNYM (St. John's)
Streaming: Streaming is available via Fox Sports Go where available
Odds: Georgetown enters this game as a 14.5 point favorite (via OddsShark)
Record ATS: St. John's (9-15) || Georgetown (11-13)
O/U: The O/U opened at 140.5
3 things to watch
1. Better three-point shooting from Georgetown
The Hoyas had a rough night shooting three's against Seton Hall as they shot 30% from deep. For a team that depends on shooting like Georgetown, anytime the shots aren't going down it will be rough. It was especially rough for key player D'Vauntes Smith Rivera who missed all five of his shots from downtown. Georgetown has to shoot better or they could be in for a long game.
2. How will Sima's return affect St. John's
Yankuba Sima returned from injury in the Red Storm's last game against Butler, and will look to improve on his three point and five rebound performance. He averaged around eight points and six rebounds before his injury that caused him to miss the previous seven games before the Butler game. He got 23 minutes in his return and look for Chris Mullin to see if the freshman center is ready for an uptick in minutes after returning to injury. Their is no doubt he will help on the boards.
3. Battle on the boards
Both teams are around the same in terms of average rebounds per game. St. John's average around 36.7 while Georgetown average around 35.7 per game. The return of Sima will certainly help St. John's against a strong rebounding team in G-Town despite what the stats say. But just because one team wins the rebounding battle doesn't mean they will win, as the case of Seton Hall and the Hoyas. But it will certainly help.