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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
W2W4: Seton Hall vs. Georgetown

By Kieran Darcy

Here are three things to watch for when Seton Hall (18-9, 7-8 Big East) takes on No. 8 Georgetown (20-5, 10-4 Big East) on Tuesday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Tip-off is at 7 p.m., and you can watch the game locally on SNY, or via ESPN3.

CRUNCH TIME: Seton Hall is trying to make the Big Dance for the first time since 2006, and it could really use a signature win. The Pirates' RPI rating is high (34), but they are 1-3 against Top 25 opponents. And that one win came against UConn in early January -- the Huskies are no longer ranked.

In the latest edition of ESPN.com's Bracketology, Seton Hall is the second-to-last team in the 68-strong NCAA Tournament field.

Seton Hall closes the regular season with two very winnable games, hosting Rutgers and then at DePaul. But victories over those teams won't impress the selection committee very much. The pressure is on the Pirates tonight -- let's see how they respond.

FROM DOWNTOWN: Three-point shooting figures to be a critical factor in this game. These are the two best teams in the Big East, in terms of defending against the 3-pointer -- Georgetown allows teams to shoot just 27.6 percent from beyond the arc, Seton Hall just 29.5 percent.

But, both teams also have very good 3-point shooters. Georgetown's Hollis Thompson makes a conference-best 47.6 percent from long range. Seton Hall has a number of guys who can knock down a trey, led by Aaron Cosby (39.6 percent) and Fuquan Edwin (38.8 percent).

Seton Hall shot 15-for 24 from downtown in its blowout win over St. John's last Tuesday, but just 4-for-20 in a loss to Cincinnati on Saturday. Will the Pirates be hot, or cold, tonight? The Hoyas will have something to say about that.

ON THE INSIDE: Look for some intense battles around the rim tonight between Seton Hall's Herb Pope and the Georgetown big men.

Pope is averaging a double-double (15.4 ppg, 10.6 rpg), but the Hoyas have 6-foot-10 center Henry Sims (11.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg), plus scrappy forwards like Nate Lubick and Otto Porter who certainly aren't afraid to mix it up in the post.

Seton Hall needs Pope to stay out of foul trouble, and leave it all on the floor.