We've already discussed our favorite spread pick for Sunday's limited college basketball betting action. Now it's time to move on to the total.
The lines have been rising steadily and have been going in favor of the Bulldogs. They opened as three-point chalk in NCAA Basketball odds, but now the number is at 4.5 points, so clearly the public is thinking Georgia will get the job done at home.
But, it's the total that we're worried about in this matchup, and the O/U is currently trading at a rather high number: 138.5. Ahead of this evening's game, both Georgia and Seton Hall are averaging right around 75 points per contest.
The Bulldogs have already been put through the ringer this season. They've already played some stiff competition, which is why they've picked up a few losses.
After opening the season with a loss to in-state rival Georgia Tech, Georgia then managed to pull off three straight wins. However, the Bulldogs then dropped consecutive games to Gonzaga and then Minnesota, before recovering to win two straight again, with the most recent coming at home versus Colorado. Marcus Thornton paced the Bulldogs with 16 points in the hard-fought win over the Buffaloes.
Four different Bulldogs are scoring double-digit points per contest. Thornton, Charles Mann, Kenny Gaines and Nemanja Djurisic have all been reliable scorers for the team. J.J. Frazier and Juwan Parker have also been getting significant minutes, so we can see that Georgia has a number of guys who can put the ball in the hoop. As a team, Georgia is averaging a solid 74.6 points a game, to go with a very respectable 48.1 percent overall from the field.
Seton Hall Pirates
So far so good for the Pirates. They've lost just one time all season long, so at 9-1 overall, it may not be long before we see these guys ranked in the polls, especially if they earn another win tonight against Georgia.
Though the record is nice and all on the surface, it's not like Seton Hall has been playing the best competition. Their one loss came against a strong Wichita State team, but none of their nine victories were against ranked opponents. Indeed, this test against Georgia will arguably be their most difficult challenge since that one defeat.
Individually, Sterling Giibs has been the go-to scorer for Seton Hall. He's averaging 16.6 PPG and is shooting a ridiculous 55.8 percent from beyond the arc. Isaiah Whitehead is averaging 12.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG and 3.6 APG, while Brandon Mobley has been good for 10.9 points per contest and a 44.0 percent mark from deep. Don't forget about Angel Delgado, who's been a nice presence inside -- he's averaging 9.1 PPG and 9.6 RPG on the year.
NCAA Basketball Pick
Most of the betting public's attention is going to be on the NFL today, but there's still value out there to take advantage of in the world of college basketball. That's what we intend to do.
And, with our NCAA Basketball picks for Sunday, we feel the OVER is the right side in this encounter between Georgia and Seton Hall. Both teams have been scoring at a good pace, and neither side has been locking things down defensively as much as they'd like. That leaves the door open for a good chance of an OVER hit.
Both the Pirates and Bulldogs have each already scored 80+ points on four occasions this year. We should see a relatively high tempo inside.
Free NCAA Basketball Pick: OVER 138.5 at Pinnacle Sports