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Dylan Addae-Wusu #0 of the Seton Hall Pirates gestures after a dunk as we offer our best Georgia vs. Seton Hall expert pick and prediction for the NIT semifinal on Tuesday.
Dylan Addae-Wusu #0 of the Seton Hall Pirates gestures after a dunk against the Saint Joseph's Hawks during the second half of a first-round NIT game at Walsh Gym on March 20, 2024 in South Orange, New Jersey. Seton Hall defeated Saint Joseph's 75-72 in overtime. Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images via AFP.

The Seton Hall Pirates and Georgia Bulldogs meet Tuesday in the Final Four of the NIT in Indianapolis, as we offer our Georgia vs. Seton Hall expert pick and prediction based on the best March Madness odds.

The top-seeded Seton Hall Pirates (23-12) have claimed one NCAA Tournament win in the last two decades. None of that matters Tuesday as they face the No. 4 seed Georgia Bulldogs (20-16) with a chance to reach their first NIT Final since 1953. Seton Hall is a 4-point favorite across our best sports betting sites, with tipoff scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN / ESPN2.

After a first-round scare against St. Joe's, the Pirates sailed through the NIT bracket with two dominant wins over North Texas and UNLV to reach Tuesday's semifinals. On the other side, Georgia has stacked dramatic wins in this tournament, the latest coming against Ohio State in a nail-biting win to extend the Bulldogs' deepest NIT run in school history.

As part of our college basketball picks, along with our Utah vs. Indiana State expert picks, here is our best Georgia vs. Seton Hall expert pick (odds via our best March Madness betting sites; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Georgia (4) vs. Seton Hall (1) game info & odds

  • When: Tuesday, April 2
  • Tip-off: 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • How to watch: ESPN, ESPN2
  • Favorite: Seton Hall -4 (-112 via DraftKings)

Georgia vs. Seton Hall expert pick

Seton Hall -4 ⭐⭐⭐

Best odds: -112 via DraftKings

Aside from a minor hurdle in the opening round, Seton Hall has looked like the best team in the NIT under coach Shaheen Holloway, who led that inspired run by Saint Peter's in 2022. And his team is well-positioned to reach this year's NIT final.

You could argue the Pirates deserved a spot in the NCAA Tournament after an up-and-down year in the Big East, which included a shocking 15-point win over UConn - the overwhelming title favorite by the latest March Madness odds - and a thrilling win over Marquette two weeks later.

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The same can't be said for Georgia, which lost 13 of its final 18 games in SEC play before narrowly surviving the first three rounds of the NIT. Aside from poor shooting, the biggest issue for the Bulldogs came on the glass, as they rank 238th in the country in both offensive rebound rate (27.3%) and defensive rebound rate (30.4%).

That's a major issue against Seton Hall, which ranks in the top 20 on the offensive glass (35.6%) with four players averaging more than five rebounds per game. The Pirates also rank among the nation's best in block rate (14%) and free-throw shooting (77.9%), which could come into play if this game is decided down low.

Eleven of Seton Hall's last 12 wins have come by at least six points, including a 23-point win to reach the NIT semifinals. Perhaps Georgia can conjur some March Madness magic in early April, but I don't expect this one to be close.

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Georgia vs. Seton Hall spread & Over/Under analysis

Seton Hall is favored by 4 to 4.5 points over Georgia across our best sportsbooks ahead of Tuesday's NIT semifinals. That comes after the Pirates won their last two games by a combined 37 points to reach this stage, while Georgia's three NIT games have been decided by just 10 points altogether.

The total for Tuesday's game has settled between 145 and 145.5 across our best sports betting apps, as both of these teams have scored 70-plus in each of their three tournament games to this point.

Georgia-Seton Hall prediction made Monday at 3:15 p.m. ET.

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