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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Seton Hall at Georgia
When: 6:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 21, 2014
Where: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia

Seton Hall has won nine of its first 10 games, and heading into Sunday’s contest at Georgia, coach Kevin Willard knows his shooters are the spark behind the Pirates’ hot start. “We always have guys out there who can make shots,” Willard said after the Pirates beat South Florida on Thursday, 89-69, placing five players in double figures while shooting 53.8 percent. The Bulldogs have won two in a row and five out of seven, topping Colorado 64-57 on Dec. 7.

Georgia’s challenge will be to shake off a two-week layoff for final exams as it plays four games in 14 days before opening SEC play Jan. 6 against Arkansas. Sophomore guard J.J. Frazier tied a career high against Colorado with 15 points – 12 in the second half – and placed four players in double figures in a balanced offensive effort. The Pirates feature Sterling Gibbs, 13th in the nation in 3-point shooting at 55.8 percent.

TV: 6 p.m. ET, ESPNU

ABOUT SETON HALL (9-1): The Pirates lead the Big East and rank 15th nationally in 3-point shooting at 41.7 percent. Gibbs averages 16.6 points while shooting 50.5 percent from the field and hitting 24-of-43 attempts from 3-point range, and is one of several Pirates capable of shouldering the load offensively. Brandon Mobley (50.6 percent) and Angel Delgado (60.7 percent) also are hitting more than half their attempts from the field, while Isaiah Whitehead averages 12.6 points.

ABOUT GEORGIA (5-3): The Bulldogs have surrendered 67 or more points once in the past six games, during an 88-76 defeat to No. 8 Gonzaga on Nov. 26. Georgia is 19th in the nation with six blocked shots per game, and its 38.8 percent field-goal defense is 63rd nationally. Marcus Thornton ranks sixth in the SEC in field-goal percentage (57.3) and 10th in scoring (14.9 points).

TIP-INS

1. Delgado leads the Big East in rebounding at 9.6 per contest, reaching double digits in boards five times.

2. Frazier is 15th in the nation in free-throw shooting at 92.3 percent.

3. Seton Hall’s lone defeat came Dec. 9 at No. 11 Wichita State, 77-68.

PREDICTION: Seton Hall 73, Georgia 65
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Seton Hall 9-1 W2 5-0 1-1 3-0 5-0 4-1 0-0
Georgia 5-3 W2 4-0 1-1 0-2 2-1 3-2 0-0
Last Meeting
Seton Hall Georgia
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Seton Hall N/A
Georgia N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Seton Hall N/A
Georgia N/A
Assists Player  
Seton Hall N/A
Georgia N/A
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Seton Hall S. Gibbs 166 50.5 40
Georgia M. Thornton 119 57.3 23
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Seton Hall A. Delgado 96 39 57
Georgia M. Thornton 56 15 41
Assists Player  
Seton Hall I. Whitehead 36
Georgia C. Mann 31
Quickchart Matchup
Seton Hall Off vs  Georgia Defense
74.1 Points For
67.1 Points Against
47.0 FG%
38.9 FG%
32.6 Reb
30.3 Reb
Georgia Off vs  Seton Hall Defense
74.6 Points For
61.5 Points Against
48.1 FG%
39.0 FG%
30.3 Reb
30.2 Reb