This evening the Georgia Bulldogs will play host to the Seton Hall Pirates in a game that will mark the first meeting ever between these two programs. At 9-1, the Pirates present the most difficult home game that UGA has had thus far into the season. The Hall currently sits at #17 on ESPN’s latest RPI ratings, providing Georgia with an excellent opportunity for a quality win and a chance to improve upon its own RPI of 45.
The Hall’s lone loss came at #11 Wichita State, another one-loss team. Seton Hall is 1-1 on the road this season, coming off of a 89-69 thrashing at South Florida this past Thursday.
The strength of this Seton Hall team is its perimeter shooting, where the Pirates are currently hitting nearly 42% as a team, which is 10th best in the nation. The Hall is led offensively by guards Sterling Gibbs and Isaiah Whitehead, who are averaging 16.6 and 12.6 points per game, respectively.
The Pirates are an athletic bunch that uses a lot of full-court press to create a helter-skelter tempo, forcing opponents into nearly 14 turnovers a night.
“We want to use our athleticism, we want to pressure them a little bit so they’re not as comfortable,” offered Gibbs at a press conference earlier this week, discussing the approach his team planned to take against the Dawgs.
Inside, The Hall is led by Brandon Mobley, a Georgia native who is scoring over 10 points a night. Mobley reiterated Gibbs’s sentiments about his team’s up-tempo style of play, saying, “We’re just going to go out there and play Seton Hall basketball – we’re going to press, we’re going to run and we’re going to get out on the break.”
Mobley’s twitter feed certainly indicates his enthusiasm about returning home for this contest:
Tonight’s game tips off at 6:00PM.