Grueling Georgetown awaits Seton Hall on senior night

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With the NCAA tournament on their mind, Seton Hall closes out the home portion of their schedule when they host a slumping Georgetown on Senior Night.

Like last season, there is just one player — a graduate transfer guard in Madison Jones — for Seton Hall to recognize on Senior Night.

To a lesser but similar degree, Jones has been the glue that Derrick Gordon was a year ago; bottom line: where would this team be without him? 

That said, this game is nearly as important as Xavier was last season, though that Seton Hall team was in better shape at this point. 

The Hoyas have lost five of six including their first to Depaul since 1991 — it seems their pride is primarily on the line at this stage, though they did close out last year’s league schedule with six losses too. Seton Hall is vying for their first four-game win streak over Georgetown since 1973-77.

Seton Hall will surely be without Ish Sanogo, who sprained his ankle badly early in the second half of their win over DePaul, putting him on crutches. Considering his injury history, it’s probably better to sit him until the Big East tournament, though that may even be too early. 

Sanogo also sprained his ankle in the first meeting between these two schools, which turned out to be a relatively grueling and stressful overtime win that ended a two-game skid; expect just about the same this time around with an even thinner Seton Hall rotation.

Three keys to the game

With Sanogo in question, Kevin Willard will need to get something substantial out of the Jones-Powell-Nzei combination. Seton Hall didn’t get much out of these three in the first meeting but were carried by Khadeen Carrington (16 pts) and Angel Delgado (26 pts, 17 rebs) — it would help if they did.

Player more efficiently on the offensive end. Outside of Delgado, the Hall seemed to struggle (7 asts, 13 TOs) offensively down in DC after getting out to an early 12-point lead that could have been further exploited. A continuation of Madison Jones’ more-promising string of games would do just fine on Senior Night.

Play inspired. Their defensive leader is out, but Delgado is playing like a senior captain; can he Desi Rodriguez and Carrington hit on all cylinders? A win at Butler would be necessary if Seton Hall can’t defend Prudential Center one last time.

KenPom says: No. 57 Seton Hall 73, No. 60 Georgetown 69 (64%)

Last 10 meetings (SH 6-4; 40-56 all-time):

Feb. 4, 2017, SETON HALL 68, Georgetown 66 (OT), Washington, D.C.
Feb. 17, 2016, SETON HALL 72, Georgetown 64, Washington, D.C.
Feb. 6, 2016, SETON HALL 69, Georgetown 61, Newark, N.J.
March 7, 2015, Georgetown 73, SETON HALL 67, Washington, D.C.
Feb. 10, 2015, Georgetown 86, SETON HALL 67, Newark, N.J.
Feb. 20, 2014, SETON HALL 82, Georgetown 67, Newark, N.J.
Jan. 18, 2014, SETON HALL 67, Georgetown 57, Washington, D.C.
Jan. 30, 2013, Georgetown 74, SETON HALL 52, Washington, D.C.
Feb. 21, 2012, SETON HALL 73, Georgetown 55, Newark, N.J.
Jan. 18, 2011, Georgetown 80, Seton Hall 75, Newark, N.J.

Projected Georgetown starters:
G – Jon Mulmore
G – Rodney Pryor
G/F – LJ Peak
F – Marcus Derrickson
C – Jessie Govan

Projected Seton Hall starters:
PG – Madison Jones
G – Khadeen Carrington
F – Desi Rodriguez
F – Ismael Sanogo
F – Angel Delgado

When: 630, Tuesday
TV: FOX Sports 1
Radio: AM 970 (Gary Cohen & Dave Popkin) / SIRIUS 145 / XM 201
Opening line: Seton Hall +3