While Hoya fans are probably still hung up on Georgetown’s most impressive win of the season over Louisville, the Blue and Gray (14-4, 4-3 Big East) will look to keep rolling against Seton Hall (13-7, 2-5 Big East) on Wednesday night in a potential trap game. The Louisville win capped off a week in which the Hoyas also handily trounced then no. 24 Notre Dame 63-47 in South Bend.
On Saturday, the Blue and Gray pulled off a 53-51 upset of then no. 5 Louisville on the back of 17-point performances from junior guard Markel Starks and sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. Starks climbed out of his recent slump as he shot 43.8% and reached double-digits for the first time in three games. With 12 rebounds in the contest, Porter Jr. posted his fourth double-double of the season and has averaged 19.2 points per game since sophomore forward Greg Whittington was ruled ineligible to play. Without Whittington in the line-up, the Hoyas are now 4-1.
Although Georgetown survived to defeat the Cardinals, the Hoya offense has remained a concern. Sophomore forward Aaron Bowen’s acrobatic shot was Georgetown’s only field goal in the final 4:17 minutes of the game. The Blue and Gray essentially relied on the two-man offense of Starks and Porter Jr.
Key to Georgetown’s victory was a gritty defensive effort. The Cardinals failed to score a field goal in the final four minutes of the game. Senior guard and national player of the year candidate Peyton Siva was held scoreless and forward Chane Behanan only scored seven points.
After starting the season 12-2, the Big East schedule has not been kind to Seton Hall as the Pirates have lost five of their last six games. Seton Hall has particularly struggled on the road this year going 2-4 away from the Prudential Center. The Pirates still remain a dangerous Big East squad that has been playing better basketball of late. Seton Hall defeated South Florida last Wednesday and narrowly lost to St. John’s, 71-67, at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Against St. John’s, the Pirates were down by 16 points with 14:44 left in the game but stormed back to cut the lead to three with 1:17 remaining.
Junior guard Fuquan Edwin is a versatile scorer who averages 17.1 points per game – good for sixth in the Big East. Junior center Eugene Teague could be difficult for Georgetown’s forwards to handle. Teague ranks second in rebounding in the Big East with 8.1 rebounds per game. The 290-pound center is coming off a season-high of 22 points against St. John’s.
With a 4-3 Big East record, this week could be an important week for Georgetown to inch to the top of the Big East standings. Currently, Georgetown is mired in the middle of the pack as three other teams possess 4-3 records. The Hoyas were the last team out of the Associated Press Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll on Monday.
Tip-off is at 7 p.m. from the Verizon Center. Follow the action on twitter, @GUVoiceSports.
File Photo: John Delgado-McCollum/Georgetown Voice (Jan. 26, vs. Louisville)