Seton Hall, no longer unbeaten in the Big East, will look to find the winning formula Saturday against visiting Georgetown. The No. 15 Pirates lacked the energy to compete with Marquette and fell flat in attempting to open league play at 4-0 for the second time, but should have renewed vigor as they go for their fifth straight victory over the Hoyas.

Kevin Willard's team battled hard to defeat Butler on the road last week, but were beaten to every punch against Marquette, which got its fifth straight 30-point game, this one from Andrew Rowsey. "Butler-Marquette, that's a tough road swing," Willard told the media following the 82-62 defeat. "No one is pitching a shutout in this league. It's just not happening. We expended energy at Butler and didn't have enough in the tank." The Hoyas regrouped from an embarrassing loss at home to Creighton by outlasting St. John's at Madison Square Garden behind a late 3-pointer from Brooklyn native Jessie Govan. "I definitely wanted that shot," the 6-10, 270-pound center who produced his 11th double-double of the season, told the media. "We're in the Garden and I am back home, I definitely wanted to make it. I'm glad I made it."

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ABOUT GEORGETOWN (12-4, 2-3 Big East): The battle between Govan and Seton Hall senior Angel Delgado, who are 1-2 in rebounding in the Big East, should be a good one. Delgado, who has registered 63 career double-doubles, has gotten the better of the Hoyas by averaging 14.3 points and 13.6 rebounds in six games, but this is Govan's first season as a full-time starter for the Hoyas. Govan outplayed his counterpart in the second meeting in 2015-2016, producing 27 points and seven rebounds while limiting Delgado to a series-low seven points and 11 rebounds.

ABOUT SETON HALL (14-3, 3-1): Khadeen Carrington will happy to get away from the likes of Rowsey and Markus Howard, who ran the senior ragged on defense, which cut into his offensive production. Carrington saw his streak of 10 straight games in double figures snapped, but posted a season-high seven assists for the Pirates, who have won the four straight against the Hoyas by a total of 21 points. Carrington should relish the opportunity to match up with the Georgetown guards, who aren't nearly the offensive threat as the duo from Marquette.


1. Seton Hall will honor its 1992-93 team, which opened 4-0 in league play en route to Big East regular season and tournament titles under P.J. Carlesimo, during Saturday's game.

2. Delgado, who has averaged 12.8 rebounds in league games, needs 37 boards to pass Syracuse's Derrick Coleman (1986-90) for the most in Big East games.

3. The Pirates, who trail 46-57 in the series, have not won five straight against the Hoyas since capping a seven-game win streak in 1952.

PREDICTION: Seton Hall 82, Georgetown 71

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