Tuesday, January 18, 2011
W2W4: Seton Hall vs. Georgetown
By Kieran Darcy
Here are three things to watch in Tuesday night's game between Seton Hall (8-10, 2-4 in Big East) and No. 23 Georgetown (13-5, 2-4) at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET, and the game is available on ESPN3.com (local blackout rules apply). The game will also air locally on SNY.
WELCOME HOME, JEREMY: This will be Jeremy Hazell's first home game since he returned after missing 13 games due to a broken bone in his left wrist -- expect a huge round of applause for Hazell when he is announced in the starting lineup.
In Hazell's first two games back, he scored 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting at DePaul, but then only nine points on 3-for-13 shooting at Pitt. The Pirates need a good game out of Hazell to beat a team like Georgetown.
DEFENSIVE EFFORT: Georgetown is third-best in America when it comes to field goal percentage -- the Hoyas are shooting 50.7 percent as a team, behind only Kansas (51.8) and St. Mary's (51.3). Seton Hall will really have to get after it on D, particularly against Georgetown's trio of excellent guards: Austin Freeman (17.9 points per game), Jason Clark (13.0) and Chris Wright (12.7).
Freeman -- the preseason Big East Player of the Year -- has been particularly efficient, shooting 53.5 percent from the floor, 46.7 percent from beyond the arc, and 84.5 percent from the foul line. He's coming off a 25-point, nine-rebound effort against Rutgers on Saturday.
OVER THEIR HEADS: Conversely, Seton Hall is one of the poorest shooting teams in the nation -- the Pirates are collectively shooting just 40.8 percent, ranking them No. 287 in America.
Getting Hazell back should help in that regard. But Kevin Willard's club might also want to pound the ball into Herb Pope a little more often. Pope (9.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg) has scored in double figures in the team's past three games, and five of the past six -- he looks like he's starting to round back into shape, after the heart surgery in the offseason.