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Dogs set for NIT semifinal showdown vs Seton Hall

The Georgia Bulldog basketball team opens play in the Final Four of the NIT tonight in Indianapolis. The Dogs will face Seton Hall in a game that tips at 9:30. The game against the Pirates will be televised on ESPN 2.

From Mike Mobley, UGA Sports Communications…

The Starting Five

• Georgia ventures to Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis to take on Seton Hall in the semifinals of the NIT on Tuesday. The Bulldogs are making their third trip to the NIT semis (also in 1982 & 1998).

• With its NIT wins over Xavier and Ohio State both being decided at the final horn, Georgia upped its records to 10-8 in games that were one-possession contests in the final 5:00 and 8-5 in matchups that were separated by three points or less in the final 30 seconds of regulation.

• Mike White is now 16-8 (.667) in the postseason, 6-4 in NCAAs and 10-4 in NITs. He is 7-4 in NIT road games including wins at Ohio State (twice), Florida State, Texas A&M, Wake Forest and...Georgia.

• All 12 scholarship Bulldogs who have played this season have started at least two games, mixing and matching to comprise a dozen different starting quintets.

• April 2 matches the latest the Bulldogs have ever played and is the 41-year anniversary of Georgia’s loss to N.C. State – yes, that N.C. State team – in the 1983 Final Four. The Bulldogs bested top-seeded St. John’s and No. 2 seeded North Carolina to win the East Regional at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

The Opening Tip

Georgia and Seton Hall will face off at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Tuesday in the semifinal round of the NIT. The Bulldogs are appearing in the NIT semis for the third time after also doing so in 1982 and 1998.

Georgia enters the contest at 20-16, the Bulldogs’ first 20-win season since 2016.

Georgia advanced to Indianapolis by defeating Xavier in Athens and then notching back-to-back road wins at Wake Forest in three days. In the process, the Bulldogs handed:

• Xavier its first-ever NIT first-round loss. The Musketeers were 9-0 prior to this season.

• Wake Forest just is second home loss in 19 outings at LJVM Coliseum this season.

• Ohio State its first home loss in six contests under head coach Jake Diebler, a stretch which included wins over five postseason participants – NCAA teams No. 2 Purdue and Nebraska and three NIT qualifiers.

Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant hosts Classic City Today, 6-10 weekday mornings on 98.7FM & AM 1340 WGAU in Athens.

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