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

  • Andrew Herbst

    Hopefully Ish will be healthy. But if he isn’t able to go, I think Desi and Angel will step up. This should be a very winnable game for us. GO PIRATES

  • 11yearplan

    MJ always contributed more than he receives credit for. He appears quite and unassuming on the court, nothing flashy, and is often overlooked for that reason. He appears to be more comfortable with the offense each week. I am greatful for his contributions all season long. I hope he receives a well deserved standing o tonight, quietly mops the floor with with the arrogant D.C. wannabees and leads our Pirates to the NCAA tournament.

    Chris: Thanks for the link to Carino’s article. Great piece on MJ and well deserved. Thanks for all you do.

    • For those that missed it: https://t.co/WCNoruN5Ub

    • PadrePirate

      Hope MJ gets a show of gratitude from fans tonight. From the interview (below) and his on court demeanor, seems like a good kid, giving the best he’s got. At times, he’s been a favorite punching bag for us frustrated fans who can see the mental errors from our seats, but I really like the line “I’ve done the best I’ve could.” Sounds sincere. Without a top-notch skill set, he stepped-in when we needed a PG and has improved over the 2nd half of the season. Plays hard. Thanks, MJ, now just lead us to a tourney bid 🙂

  • For first time in awhile, will side with the fans if they are late showing up for Senior Night ceremony since this is an early tip. Getting there at 6-615 on a weeknight for a 1-year senior is a tough ask.

    I know Monmouth did theirs post-game. Not a terrible idea, but it kind of hinges upon a win to get people to stick around.

    • LBP

      Traffic was terrible tonight Chris but I thought Crowd ( light on students) was great

  • VinBick

    Hope everyone who interacts here will be at the Rock tonight to support the Pirates in another must win game. Anyone willing to say “hello” to one another at halftime? I will be the fat, old, bald guy with glasses in my blue Seton Hall hoodie hanging around behind the TV cameras at the top of Section 19 next to the bar during the break. Looking forward to seeing some of you in person. Go Pirates!

  • Matty P

    I noticed via Carino’s article and the SHU MBB twitter that Michael Dowdy Jr., a walk-on, is also graduating this year and will be included in the ceremony. Just wanted to give him a little credit for the hard work he’s put in for the past 2 years behind the scenes.

  • The Other Matt

    I’m admittedly really looking forward to tonight, although there are no traditional career long senior players on the roster this season. Senior Night is always special, even just in representing the final home game of the “insert adjective here” season. A hats off goes to both Michael Dowdy, Jr. and Madison Jones who’ve represented the program in a admirable fashion during their respective tenures, which deserves to be lauded for just as much as any counting statistic.

    Tonight serves to be both an interesting and crucial match-up and I hope that all those who can attend go and out support the team.

  • hallstorm

    Due to the birth of my first baby yesterday (wooohooo!), I cannot attend tonight’s game, but I am definitely there in spirit. I also think I can only keep up with the game cast via internet as I’m doubtful the hospital TV’s will carry FS1.

    Let’s go Hall. We need this one!

    • PadrePirate

      Congrats. That’s the first newborn from this blog group that I can recall. It’s a 12:30 tip for me, so I’ll try to listen the first half. I think we’re in for a real grinder tonight.

      • hallstorm

        Thanks PadrePirate. Yeah I’m going to have her take in some March Madness this year. I just hope there’s some strong vested interest with our Pirates this month.

        I definitely don’t think the Hoyas will go down without a fight. My best closest friend is a season ticket holder down there and he has been calling for JTIII’s head for a couple years, but I know the players really like him so I’m thinking they’ll play hard for him tonight.

    • VinBick

      Congrats on the birth of your first child. One of life’s best experiences. How about “Setonia” for a middle name?

      • PadrePirate

        I’m kinda impartial to… Angela, Delgada, Desiree, Madison, Isha, Paula or Willardette!! Fuquana may be a stretch but Auda is very feminine

      • hallstorm

        Ha! If only I didn’t have a wife who would severely question that line of thinking

    • LBP

      hallstorm–Congrats–did you name your Baby –ANGEL????

      • hallstorm

        Thank you LBP! If only my wife would allow that to happen….

  • Ardy

    Hope that Dowdy gets in the game tonight for a good reason.

  • Matty P

    This team really likes to grind out wins and give us all heart attacks. Glad to get the win and do no worse than 9-9. I wish Desi would keep his head up a little bit when he drives because the entire defense collapses on him and there’s so many opportunities for him to pass to open shooters. Also I’m glad that Jones on senior night was involved in that last stop which is something he’s been involved with in with so many games.

  • LBP

    Just got home after a brief stop to use a defibrillator.
    This Team has targeted me –testing my blood pressure and heart pace rate.
    Thank goodness this Team is so tuff and has heart.
    And, a short thank you to Coach Thompson for being so terrible. Not having any plan with 14 secs left and failing to get any shot ( please).

    Sorry VinBick I did not see your post but a bunch of us were at the bar behind our section 8. I thought the Crowd was great tonite and may have been the difference.

    Delgado; Desi and Nez were brilliant.Really poor Game from Carrington ( whose shot was blocked 3 times and he did not recover) MP (whose shots looked halfway down early and got in a bigger funk) and Madison Jones–( I promised I would not….).

    This win was huge and frankly, I do not see how The Hall can be denied a Bid.( I know ESPN hates the Big East). I will greedily hope for one more win at The Garden ( I just believe Butler , at home, on Senior night,may be way too much to hope for).

    As Have said all Season, I strangely like this Team –a lot. Way to go Pirates.

  • VinBick

    Kinda had the feel of a game the Pirates would show their true grit and in the end, they did just that. The lack of scoring in the second half was a real concern, but the tough D at the end was just what the doctor ordered. Is there a student break? Lots of us old guys were in attendance, but few kids.