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January 17, 2014

Pirates are sailing south

January 17, 2014 - Saturday the 18th of January will see Verizon Center being invaded by Pirates tomorrow; Seton Hall tips off with Georgetown there at noon. The Hoyas are 11-5 on the 2013-2014, and stand 3-2 in BIG EAST Play. League foe Seton Hall (10-7, 1-3) is eighth in conference, G'Town slots fourth.

Georgetown hopes to right this week's wrong, a loss at Xavier in which they blew a 17 point, fourth quarter lead. The Hall also fell in their last game, a 67-66 setback at Marquette.

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera paces the Hoyas with 17.3 points per game, followed closely by backcourt mate Markel Starks. The latter, a senior, is G'Town's top assister with 4.1 each game, while the sophomore Smith-Rivera slots third on the team at 4.8 caroms per game. The tandem accounts for 45% of their team's total points, a stat that highlights their importance.

Pulling down a Blue and Grey best 5.8 boards a game is senior forward Nate Lubick. Junior frontcourt guy Mikael Hopkins follows him with 5.1 rebounds, and is the team's top rejector, swatting 1.4 each time out.

For the fourth straight game, junior center Joshua Smith is unavailable due to academic concerns. His classmate, swingman Jabril Trawick will miss his third consecutive contest due to a broken jaw. Head Coach John Thompson III relayed today there is no information regarding either's future availability.

Seton Hall boasts five guys double figure scoring. Sterling Gibbs, a sophomore guard is tops at 15.6 ppg, while dishing 4.1 dimes. Senior forward Brian Oliver is second in scoring at 12.8 points. Adding to the challenges Seton Hall poses are senior forward Fuquan Edwin (11.8 ppg) and senior center Eugene Teague , recently returned from injury and still leading the Pirates in rebounding (9.4), while accounting for 10.8 points.

For tickets, click here. Watching the game remotely will prove somewhat tricky: Fox Sports Network is the broadcaster. Those in DC can see it on WDCA. Elsewhere this contest can be accessed on Cox Northeast, SportsSouth, MSG Plus and Fox Sports affiliates such as the Detroit, Florida, Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, Southwest, West, Wisconsin and Midwest franchises. Root Sports' outfits - Pittsburgh, Rocky Mountain and Northwest - are other outlets providing the game, as is WRWR in Chitown.

Radio listeners will find the contest on ESPN 980 AM, per usual being called by Rich Chvotkin. We also have our real time, in-game chat, exclusively for HoyaReport.com subscribers. This excellent adjunct or primary option for following the game will be on the Premium Court message board.

Non-subscribers can take advantage of the opportunity below, signing up and receiving an equal amount of gear in the process. Hurry, as supplies are limited!

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