The No. 8 Georgetown Hoyas and No. 5 Seton Hall Pirates meet in the Big East semifinals on Friday evening at the historic Madison Square Garden in NYC. Patrick Ewing had his team playing with a ton of confidence yesterday afternoon. Georgetown bounced the top-seeded Villanova Wildcats with a 72-71 win in a thriller at MSG.
Villanova could just never get to the next gear and pull away from Georgetown in the second-half. Calm under pressure, freshman guard Dante Harris knocked down clutch free throws to take the lead and send Villanova home early from the Big East Tournament.
Don’t say that I didn’t warn you of Villanova being vulnerable to an upset in the conference tournament. I thought it was going to be close with Villanova finding a way to win late, but Georgetown is playing with nice confidence right now and couldn’t be shaken. It’s important to be cool under pressure in March, and the Hoyas got the nod on Thursday afternoon.
The winner of Georgetown and Seton Hall will advance to the Big East Final. With Georgetown at 12-12 and Seton Hall at 15-12 on the season, the only way into the NCAA Tournament is going to be a conference championship. One of them is going to at least have an opportunity to play for the coveted Big East conference title.
Seton Hall is coming off a 77-69 win over the No. 4 St. John’s Red Storm. It was a game going into it that I could have seen going either way, and wasn’t going to be surprised one way or another. A 77-69 win for the Pirates doesn’t do much to surprise, nor does the win for the Hoyas yesterday. I thought it was going to be close or I wouldn’t have taken the points.
The key for the Hoyas is to keep their composure, and not get too mentally invested in their upset against Villanova. If they get too comfortable following that win, this game is easily going to get away from them against a Seton Hall team that looked sharp versus the Red Storm. The win ended a four-game losing streak for Seton Hall, while Georgetown enter as winners in four of their last five. Head below for our free Georgetown vs. Seton Hall pick on March 12, 2021.
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Staying the course has to be the message from Patrick Ewing to his team. They have been in good form since beating DePaul on the road on February 27, 68-60. Georgetown’s only loss has been against UConn on March 6 following the win in late February against DePaul. The Hoyas were impressive in a 68-49 win over Marquette on March 10, and that form carried over to the next day against Villanova.
This will be the third game in three games for Georgetown. That may seem like a lot, but come March, college kids aren’t too concerned about exhaustion following two games in two days. Considering how good Georgetown is playing at the moment, it might be for the better that the Hoyas are playing three in a row.
The Hoyas recorded right around their average against Villanova yesterday afternoon. They’re 170th in the NCAA with 71.7 points per game, and scored 72 points yesterday. In their last five games overall, the Hoyas have been incredibly consistent in that regard. They’ve netted 72.4 points per game through their previous five outings.
The defensive intensity for Georgetown has been noticeably turned up a notch as of late. They’ve allowed 68.8 points per game through their last five games, including a pretty fine job locking down a solid Villanova offense on Thursday. They were without an important guard in that game, but Seton Hall doesn’t pose a big offensive threat. Seton Hall is 173rd in the NCAA with 71.6 points scored per game, and 66.6 points per game in their last five contests.
Before beating St. John’s in the Big East Tournament, Seton Hall was all out of sorts with four straight losses to end the regular season, including a 81-75 loss against the Hoyas on February 20 as 4.5-point favorites. This time of the year is all about momentum at the right moment. Georgetown fits into that category. As small underdogs, it’s hard to ignore the points on the Hoyas.