Here are three things to watch for when Seton Hall (15-8, 5-6 Big East) plays Georgetown (15-8, 7-5 Big East) on Tuesday at the Prudential Center.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., and you can watch the game on Fox Sports 1:
Crunch time: We're well into February now, and both these teams are desperate for a win, coming off back-to-back losses.
The difference is, Georgetown lost against very tough competition: Providence and No. 6-ranked Villanova. Seton Hall, on the other hand, is coming off defeats to DePaul and Marquette.
The Hoyas are also in better standing NCAA tournament-wise. They're currently No. 23 in the RPI, and projected as a No. 6 seed according to the latest edition of ESPN.com's Bracketology. The Pirates are No. 53 in the RPI and projected as a No. 11 seed -- one spot away from a play-in game.
Seton Hall is at home and needs this game more -- let's see if it plays like it.
Bounce-back? Keep an eye on Seton Hall freshman Isaiah Whitehead. The preseason Big East rookie of the year is coming off a very poor game -- he scored just three points against Marquette on Saturday, shooting 1-for-11 from the floor.
Whitehead scored 19 and 14 points, respectively, in his first two games back from the foot injury, prior to Marquette. Seton Hall needs Whitehead to play well in order to string some wins together and stay on track for the Big Dance.
Georgetown is a pain in the neck defensively, as usual -- 32nd in Division I in blocked shots per game (5.0), and 48th in steals per game (7.7).
This is the first meeting of the season between these teams. The return game is the regular-season finale on March 7.