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Seton Hall Takes on Georgetown Saturday

Can the Pirates sweep the Hoyas for the second straight year?

NCAA Basketball: Georgetown at Seton Hall Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Seton Hall (13-8, 10-5) continues its quest for March Madness when they head to D.C to take on Georgetown (6-10, 4-7) Saturday evening.

The Pirates enter Saturday’s game on a four-game winning streak and are third place in the Big East. Their most recent win came against DePaul, defeating the Blue Demons 60-52. Sandro Mamukelashvili led Seton Hall with 25 points and 11 rebounds in 38 minutes.

The Hoyas currently sit 10th in the conference but are trending upward. Winners of three of their last five, Georgetown defeated Butler 78-63 in their latest game. Jahvon Blair led the Hoyas with 17 points, seven rebounds, and six assists in 37 minutes.

The last time these two teams met, Seton Hall bested Georgetown 78-67. Myles Cale put together a career-game, posting 30 points and going 10 of 16 from the field. Jared Rhoden also put together a great night for the Pirates, recording 26 points and 12 rebounds in 37 minutes. Qudus Wahab stood out for the Hoyas with 16 points and 13 rebounds in 31 minutes.

Heading into Saturday, Seton Hall possesses an advantage in almost all major categories. They are far more offensively efficient than the Hoyas, recording 105.4 points per 100 possessions. While the Pirates rank third in that category, Georgetown is ninth. They are also better from the field, hitting 51% of all shots compared to Georgetown’s 49.2 eFG%.

The one area the Hoyas have an advantage offensively is from behind the arc. They are the fourth most efficient Big East team from three. Seton Hall, on the other hand, is towards the bottom of the conference regarding three-point success.

Defensively, Georgetown tends to give up more points. They rank 10th in the conference in defensive efficiency, allowing an average of 105.7 points for every 100 possessions. At the same time, opponents connect on 50.6% of all shots, just .6 more than the national average.

Conversely, Seton Hall is an above-average defensive team, allowing 100.9 points per 100 possessions. Regarding eFG%, opposing teams struggle to hit over 50% of their shots.

For Georgetown to have a real shot, Jahvon Blair needs to continue playing well. According to ESPN, he has either made or assisted 46% of all field goals over the last three games.

Seton Hall’s focus needs to be on forcing a lowing-scoring night for the Hoyas. The Pirates are undefeated this season when they hold opponents under 68 points. They’ve demonstrated they’re difficult to score against, allowing an average of 59.8 points over the last five games.

As shown by their record, the Pirates are the better team heading into Saturday’s game against Georgetown. Still, the Hoyas have displayed a lot of toughness and determination this season and should keep it interesting throughout the contest.

How to watch

Time: 5:30 p.m. ET

TV: CBS Sports Network