Preview: No. 13 Seton Hall must lick wounds, regroup ahead of Georgetown

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Following a humbling beat down at the hands of Marquette to split a Midwest road trip, No. 13 Seton Hall returns home to take on Georgetown.

Despite cutting a 13-point first half deficit to just one point early in the second, a senior-laden Seton Hall (14-3, 3-1) never truly looked up for it on Tuesday night, leaving Kevin Willard to say “We just didn’t have enough in the tank.

With Willard set on giving his guys a day off after returning east, the Hall should be well-rested and refocused on a Georgetown (12-4, 2-3) team that is getting to know I-95 well after a road win at the Garden earlier this week.

The Pirates are aiming to take down the Hoyas for a remarkable fifth straight time for the first time ever; Georgetown has accomplish such a feat twice, having sustained winning streaks of nine games (90s) and 17 games (late 70s, 80s) against Seton Hall.

Speaking of history, there are many parallels between this Seton Hall team and the upperclassman-inspired 1992-93 Big East Championship team that will be honored on Saturday as part of a soldout P.J. Carlesimo bobblehead day. 

Operating under first year coach Patrick Ewing (you may have heard of him), Georgetown played one of the weakest non-conference schedules in the nation, explaining why their only KenPom top-100 win is at St. John’s.

Albeit against the conference’s basement, the Hoyas have managed to win a pair of road games in league play while losing to Butler in 2OT and getting blown out by Creighton on the road, so they are a far from a pushover despite the rebuilding vibe.

To the surprise of no one, this Georgetown team fits the historical narrative: they’re one of the tallest groups, rely on their forwards, and will draw a lot of fouls via physical play; the Hoyas are fourth nationally in percentage of points from free throws.

Unlike the Marquette game, Seton Hall should be keen on crowding the interior to make a forward-heavy team with two journeyman point guards beat you via the outside shot, something they don’t fancy.

Starting forwards Marcus Derrickson (14.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Jessie Govan (18.1 ppg, 11.8 rpg) account for 41-percent of team scoring and 47-percent of team rebounding, presenting a mouth-watering matchup with Angel Delgado (14.4 ppg, 11.6 rpg).

KenPom says: No. 32 Seton Hall 83, No. 95 Georgetown 71

Q&A with Roey Hadar of SB Nation’s

Q: It was easy to gauge the discontent from the Georgetown fan base late in the JT3 reign. How has the general mood changed and what is the outlook like for Patrick Ewing?
A: The mood is far more optimistic now among Georgetown fans about Patrick Ewing. Fans have been willing to be patient this year and see things like the really weak schedule Georgetown constructed as part of a rebuilding process. I imagine most fans will give Ewing at least 3 years to build before they get impatient.

Q: What is this particular team all about? Going into the season, it seemed like the Hoyas were forward-heavy and projected to struggle at guard. Statistically they are scoring large volumes at the free throw line, have a nice assist:FGM ratio, but also turn it over a lot — how would you explain that combination?
A: This team pushes the tempo a lot, but doesn’t have a natural point guard. A lot of the turnovers have come from off-ball guards and forwards, often Jagan Mosely or Jamorko Pickett, trying to do too much with the ball. The Hoyas tend to be bigger than their opponents, a fact that works in their favor in terms of drawing free throws. Guys like Jessie Govan and Marcus Derrickson can draw fouls and finish well on the inside—probably explaining the high assist:FGM ratio.

Q: What is Georgetown’s major strength, major weakness, and who would you draw up a play for as the game clock is winding down?
A: Georgetown’s biggest strength is its ability to score inside. Its biggest weakness is probably that it will sometimes try to play too fast and turn the ball over. If the clock’s winding down, expect the ball to go to Jessie Govan (and watch out, he’s a big man but he can shoot three-pointers too!)

Must-read: Nostalgic homecoming for P.J. Carlesimo, 1992-93 Pirates

Stat(s) to watch: Georgetown likes to play fast and assist on 66-percent of made field goals, but they also turn it over on 22-percent of possessions 

Series history (since 1950): 41-56 SH 

Projected Georgetown starters
G – Jonathan Mulmore
G – Kaleb Johnson
F – Jamorko Pickett
F – Marcus Derrickson
C – Jessie Govan

Projected Seton Hall starters
PG – Khadeen Carrington
G – Myles Powell
F – Desi Rodriguez
F – Mike Nzei
F – Angel Delgado

TV: Noon, FS1  
Radio: WMCA 570 AM / SIRIUS 119 / XM 201
Opening line: Seton Hall -12

  • Andrew Herbst

    I hope we come out focused and ready to go. Need to establish Angel inside. I hope we can get back to getting buckets in transition and some easy looks. I have good vibes about tomorrow. GO PIRATES!

  • Bob Murphy

    That 92/93 squad was an excellent team. That last game against Ralph Willard and Western Kentucky was a total downer. As a fan base, I know everyone was looking past that game into the Sweet 16 and Elite 8. But…

    So, this current team needs to take a look at that. They have not won an NCAA game in their career, so take each one for what it is – an elimination game. And as seniors, it really is elimination.

    As for the BET, while it is nice for the banner and all, I’d rather have the regular season and then go deep in the NCAAs. I think if this team can get a decent draw and win that first game, we can really do pretty well this year. Like all the way. Just practice those free throws please.

  • PadrePirate

    Govan & Derrickson have become one of the best frontcourts in the BE. Athletic bigs, who can bang in the paint and both shoot pretty well from beyond the arc. After a high pick, they often stay out for open shots on the perimeter. Should be as fun battle vs AD, Ish and Nzei. We definitely need a bounce-back W, but this won’t be easy. Do it for PJ.

    Btw, who decided Gtown could change their road jerseys to Miami blue? That’s quite a break with tradition. Plus, everyone knows that “hoyas” never come in dolphin blue…at least everyone who has ever had to look up what a “hoya” is.

  • cali jack

    Watched the first half of the Gtown-SJU game.Based on what I saw and heard, we should go hard inside to AD and guards should drive to the basket.Govan is a good outside shooter but he’s not a good defender.Let their guards shoot from the outside,not Govan,and pressure the ball as they’re young and prone to turnovers.Hoping for a lot of crowd energy and a 40 minute commitment from the seniors.If so,should win.

    • PadrePirate

      Let those two (Govan and Derrickson) chuck it from the perimeter all they want while we clean up the boards. I’m not sure how MU beat us on the glass, but that should not happen again. Rebounding is 80% heart and usually AD’s got that.

    • PadrePirate

      You mention that SHU’s tendency to give up big, crippling runs as their biggest weakness. Why do you think that is? I wonder if it’s not more a coaching problem. When the tide begins to turn, any head coach calls a TO and tries to calm the guys and refocus. KW does this, of course, but the team is slow to rebound. Is it a lack of in-game adjustments?

      • RonD

        C’mon Padre. All of basketball is a game of runs: high school, college, NBA. Just the way it is. Teams have to weather runs and then respond.
        Regarding adjustments, how about what Willard did vs Creighton, Butler to name a few recent examples.
        One observation, Willard likes to call a time out after we score a basket at a crucial time in the game. Some people feel that he is breaking momentum but he is trying to reset and focus the team on defense.

  • LBP

    Hall matches up well with Hoyas. I expect big Crowd to help put Hoyas away early.