Georgetown Hoyas vs Seton Hall Pirates Free NCAAB Pick, 3–14–2019
Georgetown Hoyas vs Seton Hall Pirates
Time: Thursday, March 14, 9:30 PM EST
Odds: Seton Hall -2.5
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. Odds list Seton Hall (-2.5) despite the Hoyas beating the Pirates by 6 points on March 2nd. These teams split the season series (1–1 SU) and (1–1 ATS). Both teams were 9–9 in Big East Conference play.
Georgetown finished the regular season on a strong note winning three of their last four games, including their +6 point overtime win over Seton Hall. The Hoyas had three freshmen make the Big East All-Freshman team: James Akinjo, Mac McClung and Josh LeBlanc. James Akinjo played a key role in the Hoyas’ recent winning ways as the freshman guard averaged 16.8 points in his final four games. Jessie Govan (17.6 PPG) led an offense that averaged 80.6 PPG which ranks them 26th in the nation but their defense has been poor, allowing 78.5 PPG (328th). Georgetown was 1–1 on a Neutral court this season.
Seton Hall ended the regular season by upsetting two Big East rivals in #16 Marquette and #23 Villanova. The Pirates leading scorer Myles Powell (22.6 PPG) has helped lead his team to wins in six of their last ten games. As a team, Seton Hall is averaging 73.8 points per game while allowing 71.6 PPG. Powell was a unanimous All-Big East First-Team selection and is in the running for Big East Player of the Year. Seton Hall had a tough non-conference schedule with losses to Nebraska, Saint Louis, and Louisville but picking up wins over Miami, Rutgers, Maryland on the road and, an overtime win over Kentucky. Seton Hall was 4–0 on a Neutral court this season.
Myles Powell has averaged 27.3 points in the last four meetings against the Hoyas, including 32.5 in the two games this season. Powell is the key piece to the Pirates success and defensively, holding the Hoyas to below their season average of 80 points per game is imperative.
Georgetown is 0–4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 1–4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win. 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. Seton Hall has ended the season on an impressive run and their recent wins will certainly instill confidence in the Big East Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. They must avoid a loss to Georgetown tonight and I feel they have the tools to seek revenge on the Hoyas as -2.5 point favorites.