Georgetown Hoyas vs. Seton Hall Pirates Free Pick 01/03/20


A five-game home winning streak is on the line for the Seton Hall Pirates (9-4, 1-0 Big East) when they challenge the Georgetown Hoyas (10-4, 0-1 Big East) at Prudential Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Friday, January 3, 2020.

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The Hoyas were beaten by the Providence Friars in their last outing, 76-60. They failed to cover as 2.5-point underdogs. Georgetown’s Omer Yurtseven had a solid performance, leading the team in scoring with 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Providence made 10 of their 25 three pointers (40.0 percent). Georgetown, meanwhile, held the Friars to an offensive rebounding percentage of 18.5 (below their season average of 34.1). The two teams combined to put up 136 points, which was under the projected point total of 148.

In the Pirates’ previous outing, they covered the 1.5-point spread against the DePaul Blue Demons, 74-66. With 27 points on 7-for-15 shooting, Myles Powell was the game’s leading scorer. The Pirates had an absurd free throw rate of 0.420 (above their season average of 0.217) and held the Blue Demons to an effective field goal percentage of 0.383 (below their season average of 0.531). The two teams combined to put up 140 points, which hit the O/U total.

The game should be a battle of strength against strength as the productive offense of Georgetown takes on the top-notch defense of Seton Hall. The Hoyas rank 60th in offensive efficiency, while the Pirates are 47th in defensive efficiency.

In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. Games including Georgetown have finished over 57.1 percent of the time, while Seton Hall games have gone under 61.5 percent of the time. Both teams have respectable straight up (SU) records (10-4 for Georgetown; 9-4 for Seton Hall), but the Pirates have the advantage against the spread (ATS). Seton Hall is 9-4 ATS, while the Hoyas are 8-6.

This is the first time these teams will clash this year. The Pirates won two out of three games played against each other last season. In the last game, Seton Hall won 73-57. The Pirates dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 30.0 and a turnover percentage of 12.5. The Hoyas were 19.4 and 19.3, respectively, for those same stats.

Georgetown Hoyas vs. Seton Hall Pirates Betting Prediction

Prediction: SU Winner – Georgetown, ATS Winner – Georgetown, O/U – Under


Betting Notes:

The Pirates average 8.5 steals per game, which ranks 40th in the NCAA. The Hoyas rank 162nd in steals allowed per game (8.1).

Georgetown ranks 32nd in blocked shots (4.9 per game) while Seton Hall ranks 128th in blocks allowed per game (4.2).

Georgetown is 4-1 ATS on the road with 4 overs and 1 under.

At home, Seton Hall is 6-1 ATS with 4 unders and 3 overs.

Georgetown averages 40.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 31st in the country. Seton Hall ranks 204th in rebounds allowed per game (37.4).

The Pirates rank 59th in three pointers allowed per game (19.5) while the Hoyas rank 227th (25.5).

Seton Hall ranks 38th in assists allowed per game (10.5) while Georgetown ranks 193rd (14.4).

Bettings Trends:

Seton Hall is 3-2 ATS with 4 unders and 1 push in its last five games.

Over its last five games, Georgetown is 4-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.

The Pirates’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 0.4, down from 10.3 for the season.

During their last five games, the Hoyas have scored an average of 81.8 points per game (1.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 68.2 points per game (4.0 below their season average).

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