Georgetown (12-4 SU, 7-6-0 ATS, 5-8-0 O/U) at No. 13 Seton Hall (14-3 SU, 8-9-0 ATS, 10-6-0 O/U)
When and Where: Saturday, Jan. 13, Prudential Center, Newark, N.J., 12 p.m. EST.
Line: Seton Hall -12
No. 13 Seton Hall looks to bounce back from its worst loss of the season Saturday when it faces a Georgetown team trying to pick up its third road win in Big East Conference play.
Hoyas showing surprising resiliency outside D.C.
Georgetown (12-4, 2-3 Big East) is learning quickly on the fly under first-year coach and former Hoya great Patrick Ewing, with four of its first five conference games being decided by single digits and coming away with wins in the last two outside the Verizon Center.
The Hoyas exploited a short-handed St. John’s team Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, escaping with a 69-66 victory by not letting the Red Storm get off a potential game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds.
Jessie Govan had 18 points and 13 rebounds while Marcus Derrickson contributed 17 and eight as Georgetown grabbed 19 offensive rebounds and outrebounded St. John’s 49-34 to offset 33.3 percent shooting. Jagan Mosely had 13 points and five assists off the bench, hitting both his 3-point attempts as Ewing went to a three-guard look for most of the game.
Govan and Derrickson are a formidable frontcourt tandem, averaging 18.1 and 14.7 points, respectively, and Govan leads the Big East in rebounding at 11.8 per contest. Derrickson is shooting 44.0 percent from beyond the arc, combining with Jahvon Blair and Jamorko Pickett to hit 68 of the team’s 109 3-pointers.
The Hoyas, though, are getting it done on the defensive end, limiting opponents to 40.0 percent shooting, including 30.9 percent from 3-point range. They have been hit or miss on the perimeter in conference play, holding teams to 13 of 45 (28.8 percent) from beyond the arc in the two wins but 32 of 83 (38.6) in the three losses.
Pirates trying to bounce back from first conference loss
The 13th-ranked Pirates (14-3, 3-1) had a five-game winning streak snapped after being run off by Marquette 84-64 on Tuesday night as coach Kevin Willard’s decision to stay out in the midwest after beating Butler last Saturday may have backfired.
Ismael Sanogo had 14 points off the bench while Angel Delgado added 12 and 10 rebounds for Seton Hall, which was outrebounded 38-33, allowed Marquette to hit 11 3-pointers. and forced a season-low six turnovers.
The Pirates have been dominant at home this season, going 10-0 while averaging 83.3 points and shooting 49.0 percent. They’ve outscored opponents by 16.7 points per game in those victories while compiling a plus-9.1 rebound margin.
Delgado, whose primary task will be to neutralize Govan, is averaging 14.4 points and 11.6 rebounds. He’s also averaging 3.1 assists, and Seton Hall is 6-0 when he records four or more. Guards Desi Rodriguez and Khadeen Carrington lead the way in scoring, averaging 18.2 and 14.5 points, respectively, while combining for 59 3-pointers.
Myles Powell is the team’s top perimeter threat, connecting on 43.1 percent of his long-range shots while averaging 13.9 points.
Seton Hall is also honoring its 1992-93 team that was the only one in school history to win both the Big East regular-season title and conference tournament.
- 4-1 ATS in its last five road games as an underdog between 7.0 and 12.5 points.
- 4-0 ATS in its last four road games.
- 6-1 ATS in its last seven games overall.
Seton Hall is:
- 2-5 ATS in its last seven games overall.
- 1-4 ATS in its last five games as a favorite.
- The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings between the teams.
- The road team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings between the teams.
The Pirates have swept the series the last two seasons, winning the four games by a combined 21 points. The two victories in 2016-17 were by a total of five points, and Seton Hall recorded a 62-59 victory in the most recent meeting as Rodriguez scored 27 points and Delgado chipped in 12 and 13 rebounds.