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The #3 seeded Seton Hall Pirates will host the #6 seeded Georgetown Hoyas in the quarterfinal round of the Big East Tournament Thursday night from Madison Square Garden. The Hoyas posted a 19-12 season record with a 9-9 record in Big East play, and the Pirates also recorded a 9-9 conference record and an 18-12 regular season record. Seton Hall beat Georgetown 90-75 in the first meeting this season, and the Hoyas responded with a 77-71 OT win in the second meeting.
Hoyas Finish Season Strong
The Georgetown Hoyas finished the regular season strong, and as a result, they finished third in the Big East standings. The Hoyas have won three out of their last four games with the lone loss in that span occurring on the road to DePaul. Hoyas’ top scorer Jessie Govan wasn’t at his best in his last three games, shooting below 34% in all three games. Overall, the senior center is having a strong season, reaching the 20 point mark 12 times, and he is averaging 17.6 PPG and 7.6 RPG on the year. Govan posted an average of 20.5 points in two games against the Pirates this season.
James Akinjo played a key role in the Hoyas’ recent winning ways. The freshman guard averaged 16.8 points in his final four games, and he has increased his season average to 13.3 PPG paired with a team-leading 5.4 APG.
— Georgetown Hoops (@GeorgetownHoops) March 10, 2019
The Hoyas are currently placed at 87th in the nation in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings, and they are listed as a bubble team in ESPN’s Bracketology. Georgetown is dangerous offensively, and they are scoring an average of 80.6 points on the season, ranking them 27th overall. The Hoyas are allowing an average of 78.5 points, pegging them down at 329th in the country.
Pirates Enter Tourney On a Roll
The Seton Hall Pirates head into the Big East Tournament riding a wave of confidence. The Pirates closed their regular season with two upset wins. They defeated #16 Marquette, followed by a 79-75 home win against #23 Villanova in their regular season finale. Pirates’ top scorer Myles Powell is red-hot, netting at least 26 points in three out of his last four games which included 34 points in the win against Marquette. The junior guard reached at least 20 points 12 times in conference play, and he is sporting an average of 22.6 points on 44.5% shooting. Powell was a force against the Hoyas this season, scoring 30 and 35 points respectively in the two meetings.
Myles Cale went 10 for 19 from the field for a combined 28 points in his last two games. The sophomore guard has only reached double-digits in points in one out of his last four games, and he is carrying an average of 10.4 PPG and 4.3 RPG.
— Seton Hall Basketball (@SetonHallMBB) March 12, 2019
The Pirates are currently placed at 59th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings, and they are projected as a #10 seed in ESPN’s latest version of Bracketology. Seton Hall is scoring an average of 73.8 points on the year, ranking them 142nd overall. The Pirates are conceding an average of 71.6 points, positioning them 185th in the country.
The Seton Hall Pirates are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
- 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 neutral site games.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.
The Georgetown Hoyas are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- 1-4 ATS their last 5 games following an ATS win.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I am siding with Seton Hall in this contest. The Pirates enter this one with confidence after they concluded their regular season with two big wins against a ranked Marquette and Villanova team. Georgetown relies on their offense to win games, however, Seton Hall defends reasonably well, and they limited the Hoyas to 45% and 35% shooting in their two meetings.
Furthermore, the Hoyas defense often lands them in trouble. Georgetown has squandered an average of 82.2 points in their last five games overall. Seton Hall was able to score 79 points against Villanova on the weekend, and I expect them to exploit the Hoyas’ weak defense.
Prediction: Seton Hall
Full-Game Total Pick
I am opting with the under in this matchup. Seton Hall has seen the under convert in four out of their last five games overall. They have not been quite as productive recently, scoring 73 or fewer points in four out of their last five games.
In addition, Georgetown and Seton Hall played to a low scoring 77-71 overtime decision in their previous meeting, and both teams shot below 40% in that one, plus the under is 6-1 in the Hoyas last seven games following a straight up win.
Full-Game Prop Bet
Seton Hall should be able to break through against the Hoyas’ weak defense. Myles Powell dominated Georgetown this season, averaging 32.5 points in two games. Also, the Pirates averaged 80 points in two games against the Hoyas this season. Georgetown surrendered 101 points against DePaul in their second last game and 84 points in their regular-season finale.
Prediction: Seton Hall Team Total: Over
Half-Time Total Bet
I am going with the over on the halftime total. The Hoyas are a productive first half team as they are averaging 37.1 points in the first half in their last three games. Also, the Hoyas have squandered an average of 40.3 points in the opening half in their last three games.