First time is the charm
For the first time ever on Sunday, Seton Hall and Georgia will meet as both teams look to notch a solid win as their respective non-conference schedules wind down. The Pirates are undefeated this season when facing a team they had never played before in program history, including three consecutive victories over teams that fit that mold in the Paradise Jam on their way to winning the title.
Both teams have played highly-ranked programs with The Hall battling Wichita State and the Bulldogs going toe-to-toe with Gonzaga, but Georgia might be going up against their toughest non-conference home test all year on Sunday. They will have to play extremely well on the defensive end and accumulate blocks in order to win this one. The Bulldogs are one of the best shot blocking teams in the conference, and like the typical SEC team in collegiate athletics, they have a tough defense that looks to force turnovers. If Seton Hall can limit first half turnovers and come out strong, they will have a good chance of winning.
Mixed bag on the road
Seton Hall is 1-1 on the road this season with a loss at Wichita State and a win over South Florida on their resume. Georgia is probably somewhere in the middle as far as talent is concerned, in addition to having home court advantage.
The Shocker faithful packed the Charles Koch Arena in Wichita and the Pirates struggled early with the noise and atmosphere. USF has a big arena too, but the fans did not fill it up to its 10,000-plus capacity and the Hall rolled over the Bulls. Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum also holds over 10,000 fans, but will they congest the arena and make it tough on this young Pirates team? If they do, this could be a great game in a fun environment. If not, The Hall should be in good shape with their young talent leading the way.
Déjà Blue and White
The only time Seton Hall has lost a game this season was to a team that was undefeated at home and was favored to beat them. That time out Wichita State defeated The Hall, and in this matchup Georgia comes in with a 4-0 home record and is the favorite according to Oddshark.com at -4.5.
This game will likely come down to whether or not the Pirates play well in the first half and take a lead into the break. The Pirates are 9-0 when leading at halftime and are 0-1 when trailing, so we might know the outcome by the end of the first half if those trends hold up. It is certainly an interesting matchup and one that you should follow tomorrow night.