Seton Hall (13-8) travels to Georgetown (13-10) in a matchup between two teams on the NCAA tournament bubble.
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Time: Saturday 12 pm
TV: Fox Sports 1
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Georgetown is favored by 3.5 points according to OddsShark.com.
The Hoyas come into this matchup riding a three-game winning streak, including two wins against Butler on the road and Creighton. Powered by the potent 1-2 punch of senior Rodney Pryor and junior L.J Peak, the Hoyas have jumpstarted what seemed like a lost season. Pryor, a grad transfer from Robert Morris, leads the team in scoring at 18.4 points per game.
Yet, maybe more impressive, the guard is shooting over 50 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
Georgetown certainly lacks a rebounding presence down low. Sophomore Jessie Govan has begun to turn the corner, but he only accumulates around six rebounds a game. Senior Bradley Hayes and sophomore Marcus Derrickson both are talented, but they have yet to show a consistent ability to be that rebounding force that Georgetown lacks. Facing one of the best glass-eating teams in the country, John Thompson III will need his team to collectively shore up this weakness.
Ultimately, Georgetown’s chances of victory will come down to Pryor and Peak’s ability to score. If the two are playing well, they open up opportunities for the rest of their teammates and thus the offense as a whole. Everyone seems to play better when those two are putting the ball in the basket.
The Pirates have hit a rough patch of their season, losing five of their last six games and four straight on the road. In their last matchup against Xavier, no one other than freshman Myles Powell (6-12 from three) was able to consistently score and make outside jumpers.
This has been a consistent theme for Kevin Willard’s team so far this season, as no one is making more than 40 percent of their 3-point attempts. Powell has shown flashes of being able to do so, but he is far too inconsistent to be considered a knock-down 3-point shooter.
Junior guard Khadeen Carrington, The Hall’s leading scorer, has missed his last 15 outside jumpers and only connected on three of the previous 21. Since they began this negative trend, Carrington has lost his outside scoring touch. For Seton Hall to turn their season around and contend for an NCAA tournament berth, Carrington needs to become the Pirates’ offensive star once again.
Junior power forwar Angel Delgado has been simply outstanding so far this season. With 16 double-doubles on the year, defenses have simply not been able to keep him from grabbing offensive rebounds. According to KenPom.com , he ranks in the top 25 for both offensive and defensive rebounding percentage, proving to be integral for the Pirates.
For Seton Hall to win, Delgado has to what he has done time and time again this season: Bulldoze the opposition on the glass and provide his shooters with more opportunities.
In order to end their losing spell, the Pirates will need more than just Delgado to shine however. They need to limit Peak and Pryor as much as possible, while also pushing the pace to get easy buckets in transition.