Seton Hall Pirates vs. Butler Bulldogs Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/12/14
Butler Bulldogs (14-16) at Seton Hall Pirates (15-16)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Seton Hall Pirates -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports One
The Butler Bulldogs face the Seton Hall Pirates in Big East tournament action from the garden Wednesday at 7PM on Fox Sports One.
The Bulldogs enter post season play at 4-14 on the conference season but riding high as winners of two straight. In their final two contests, the Bulldogs dominated DePaul 79-46 and then finished the season with a strong win over Seton Hall 71-54 -- the Bulldogs hope to replicate that performance Wednesday night. The Bulldogs are led in scoring by Kellen Dunham (16.8) and Khyle Marshall (14.7). The Bulldogs rank 200 or worse in key statistical categories such as points per game, rebounds per game and field goal percentage but they were much more accurate in their final two contests and will need to keep that momentum going with win or go home ball looming in the big apple.
Seton Hall rolls into the garden after a 6-12 showing in conference play. The Pirates had an up and down year and had to overcome quite a bit of adversity with Gene Teague sidelined for portions of the year and guard Sterling Gibbs suspended for team rules violations. Teague leads the Pirates with 7.7 rebounds per game and is quite the presence defensively down low. Guard Fuquan Edwin leads the team with 14.7 points per game and he is joined in the backcourt by Sterling Gibbs who averages 13.7 and leads the team with 4.3 assists per game. Seton Hall ranks 117th in the country in assists (13.6 per game) but will need Gibbs to be more of a facilitator than a scorer if they want to make a move in the tournament.
These two only met once this season and the Bulldogs clearly had the upper hand. This one will not be at Hinkle fieldhouse but Butler is playing the better ball of the two teams at this stage. I think the Pirates have the deeper roster and will do a good job of neutralizing Dunham and Marshall. Add in the home court advantage and the play of Teague in the post and I like the Hall to get the narrow cover and advance to Friday play.