Georgia Bulldogs vs. Seton Hall Pirates - 12/21/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Seton Hall Pirates (9-1) at Georgia Bulldogs (5-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Stegeman Coliseum)
The Line: Georgia Bulldogs -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Seton Hall Pirates will travel to the Stageman Coliseum to take on the Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday night.
The Seton Hall Pirates improved to 9-1 on the season with an 89-69 victory over the South Florida Bulls this past Thursday. Seton Hall shot an impressive 53.8% from the field including 55.0% (11-20) from three-point range. Leading the way for the Pirates was Angel Delgado, who had 16 points and 6 rebounds. Seton Hall is on the verge of being ranked in the top-25 as they are currently ranked 17th in the RPI Standings and are 4-1 against other top-100 RPI teams. Leading the way for the Pirates have been Sterling Gibbs (16.6 ppg, 3.3 apg), Isaiah Whitehead (12.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.6 apg), and Angel Delgado (9.1 ppg, 9.6 rpg). Seton Hall is averaging 74.1 ppg (ranked 75th) on 47.0% (ranked 62nd). The Pirates make an average of 7.5 three-pointers a game and shoot 41.7% from three-point range. Defensively, Seton Hall is holding their opponents to an average of 61.5 ppg (ranked 87th) on 39.1% (ranked 75th). The Pirates will look to improve at the free-throw line, as they are currently shooting 64.7% (ranked 272nd) as a team.
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Georgia improved to 5-3 on the season after defeating the Colorado Buffalos 64-57 on December 7th. Georgia took control of the game with a 16-0 run and was able to hang on for the victory despite losing one of their best players, Kenny Gaines, to a shoulder injury. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Marcus Thornton, who had 16 points and 5 rebounds, while Juwan Parker had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Georgia has played the 31st ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulldogs have been led by Marcus Thornton (14.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg), Charles Mann (12.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.9 apg), and Nemanja Djurisic (11.3ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.1 apg). Georgia is averaging 74.6 ppg (ranked 69th) on 48.1% shooting (ranked 44th). The Bulldogs are not much of a threat from 3-point range as they currently only average 4.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 308th). Georgia is averaging 37.88 rpg (ranked 79th) and 6.0 bpg (ranked 16th). Defensively, the Bulldogs are allowing their opponents to 67.1 ppg (ranked 199th) on 38.8% (ranked 63rd).
The Pirates are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games. The Bulldogs are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games, however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Big East.
Seton Hall has been one of the more impressive teams in the country this season and with a victory, should enter the top-25 rankings. Georgia is a tough team to play at home, however, with Kenny Gaines questionable and for the fact they’ve been off for the past two weeks, I think Seton Hall wins this game outright. Take Seton Hall and the points.