Butler Bulldogs vs. Seton Hall Pirates - 1/25/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Seton Hall Pirates (13-5) at Butler Bulldogs (14-6)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports Networks
The Seton Hall Pirates will travel to Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on the Butler Bulldogs this Sunday afternoon.
The 24th ranked Seton Hall Pirates lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 13-5 (3-3 Big East) on the season after losing to the DePaul Blue Demons 64-60 this past Thursday. Seton Hall shot only 30.0% from the field and 6.3% (1-16) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Pirates was Angel Delgado who had a double-double with 19 points and 19 rebounds. Seton Hall is currently ranked 35th in the RPI Standings and has played the 58th ranked SOS. On the season, Seton Hall has been led by Sterling Gibbs (16.7 ppg, 3.7 apg, 1.2 apg) and Angel Delgado (9.4 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.3 bpg). Offensively, Seton Hall is averaging 70.3 ppg (ranked 113th) on 43.4% shooting (ranked 186th). The Pirates average 6.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 124th) and pull down 13.06 offensive rpg (ranked 38th). Defensively, Seton Hall is holding their opponents to an average of 62.8 ppg (ranked 100th) on 39.7% shooting (ranked 65th). The Pirates are holding teams to 26.0% three-point shooting (ranked 4th) and grab 37.44 total rpg (ranked 58th). Isaiah Whitehead (11.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.4 apg) will be out with a foot injury.
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The Butler Bulldogs defeated the Creighton Bluejays 64-61 this past Wednesday and improved to 14-6 (4-3 Big East) on the season. Butler shot just 33.8% from the field however, forced Creighton into committing 19 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Roosevelt Jones who had a double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists. Butler is ranked 19th in the RPI Standings and has played the 13th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulldogs have been led by Kellen Dunham (16.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg) and Roosevelt Jones (13.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.9 apg). Offensively, Butler is averaging 70.4 ppg (ranked 112th) on 43.5% shooting (ranked 175th). The Bulldogs commit only 11.1 turnovers per game (ranked 30th) and pull down 12.9 offensive rpg (ranked 45th). Butler is holding their opponents to an average of 60.3 ppg (ranked 44th) on 41.3% shooting (ranked 124th). The Bulldogs average 7.1 spg (ranked 93rd) and have a rebound margin of 5.4 (ranked 41st).
The Pirates are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games and 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Bulldogs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Seton Hall received some good news earlier this week as it seems that their star freshman, Isaiah Whitehead, should be back for their upcoming game this Wednesday against Marquette. Seton Hall has been struggling lately from the offensive end as they were only able to put up 60 points at home against a weak DePaul defense. I really like this Seton Hall team when Whitehead gets back in the line-up, however, I think they’ll continue to struggle against Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse. I think Roosevelt Jones and Kellen Dunham do enough at home to cover this spread. Take Butler to cover.