Georgetown at Seton Hall
|Date & Time||Thursday March 14, 2019, 9:30 PM (EDT)|
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY
Seton Hall Pirates -2.5 -- Over/Under: 151.5
The Georgetown Hoyas and the Seton Hall Pirates meet in a Big East tournament quarterfinal matchup in college basketball action from Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.
The Georgetown Hoyas enter the conference tournament as the #6 seed, finishing with a 19-12 overall record, including 9-9 in Big East conference play. Georgetown played some solid opposition out of the gate, with wins over Illinois and USF as well as losses to Syracuse by 1 on the road and an 8-point loss to SMU. Consistency was a big issue for Georgetown as a whole during conference play, never stringing more than two wins or losses back-to-back at any point. Jessie Govan led the Hoyas in scoring and rebounding with 17.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while Mac McClung averaged 13.4 points per game and James Akinjo came right behind in 3rd with 13.3 points as well as a team-high 5.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Georgetown is averaging 80.6 points per game on 44.5% shooting from the field, 36.2% from behind the arc and 73.9% from the foul line this season.
The Seton Hall Pirates come into the conference tournament as the #3 seed after finishing the year with an 18-12 overall mark, including 9-9 in conference play, winning out on a 4-team tiebreaker for the 3rd spot in the tournament. Seton Hall had some tough opposition in the non-conference portion of their schedule with losses to Nebraska, Saint Louis and Louisville as well as picking up wins over Miami, Rutgers, Maryland on the road and perhaps the most impressive, an overtime win over Kentucky. Conference play wasn’t overly kind right away to Seton Hall, splitting their first 6 games and falling to 4-6 before winning 5 of their last 8 games to finish at .500 in conference play at the end of the season. Myles Powell led Seton Hall in scoring with 22.6 points per game Myles Cale came in as the Pirates’ only other double-digit scorer on the year, averaging 10.4 points per game. Quincy McKnight averaged 9.4 points and a team-high 4.1 assists per game while Sandro Mamukelashvili had 8.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Seton Hall is averaging 73.8 points per game on 44.4% shooting from the field, 32.5% from behind the arc and 71.5% from the foul line this season.
Georgetown is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record. Seton Hall is 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 neutral site games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. The under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
Georgetown was one of my least favorite plays during the regular season and most of it boils down to consistency with the Hoyas as you never know what you’re going to get from Georgetown on a game to game basis. Seton Hall is a team that’s experienced on a neutral floor and have really picked up their play in recent weeks so given what we know about the two sides, it’s much easier to trust Seton Hall here, so I’ll lay the bucket with the Pirates.