Seton Hall will need to win on the road at the second most-played opponent in their history in order to keep an increasingly unstable train from derailing.
It is a strange thing to say about a projected six- or seven-seed, but Seton Hall must win at Georgetown today.
Let’s face it: If they don’t, the Hall are more likely than not facing a losing conference record heading into their final five games as a road trip Xavier looms on Wednesday.
While a pedestrian 13-10 (3-9), the Hoyas have played relatively well during their four-game losing streak (sound familiar? Marquette was also on a skid…); Patrick Ewing’s team played Creighton to the wire, lost at Xavier in overtime, and lost to Providence and DePaul by a combined five points.
Despite the pessimism, Seton Hall cruised past Georgetown for their fifth-straight series win in the first meeting at Prudential Center despite playing average — Desi Rodriguez and Myles Powell tied for a game-high 19 points while Khadeen Carrington dished six assists to just one mistake.
Bottom line, Rodriguez verbally laid down the law post-Marquette and losing today is not only a statistical shot to the bow, but a mental one too.
The players said the right things after getting blown out at Creighton, but returned home and (played well but) lost to Xavier before digging deep against DePaul and Providence.
Let’s see how this trip to the edge turns out.
Series history (since 1950): 42-56 SH
KenPom says: No. 32 Seton Hall 78, No. 97 Georgetown 74
Projected Georgetown starters
PG – Jonathan Mulmore
G – Kaleb Johnson
G/F – Jamorko Pickett
F – Marcus Derrickson
C – Jessie Govan
Projected Seton Hall starters
PG – Khadeen Carrington
G – Myles Powell
F – Desi Rodriguez
F – Ish Sanogo
F – Angel Delgado
TV: 4pm, CBS Sports Network
Radio: AM970 / SIRIUS 83 / XM 83
Opening line: SH -5
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