New Orleans Privateers (0-0) vs. Butler Bulldogs (0-0)
November 7, 2022 6:30 pm EDT
The Line: Butler Bulldogs -18 / New Orleans Privateers +18; Over/Under: +145.5
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The New Orleans Privateers and the Butler Bulldogs meet in college basketball action from Hinkle Fieldhouse on Monday night.
The New Orleans Privateers will try to build on a decent 2021-22 season, finishing the year at 18-14, including a 10-4 mark in Southland conference play. The Privateers were the 3-seed in the Southland conference tournament, beating McNeese State in the second round before falling to Southeastern Louisiana in the semi-finals. New Orleans would get an invite to the Basketball Classic, where they were eliminated in the first round by Portland, 94-73. The Privateers lost arguably their two best players from a season ago in Derek St. Hilaire (20.1 PPG, 2.6 APG) and Troy Green (16.6 PPG, 6.1 RPG), but do bring in some reinforcements to try to fill the void in Jordan Johnson who had 10.9 PPG for Denver last season and Marquez Cooper, who had 21.4 PPG and 5.7 RPG for D-II Bluefield State last season. It may be another rebuild cycle for the Privateers, but not all hope is lost with solid building blocks for this season and next.
The Butler Bulldogs will try to rebound from a dismal 14-19 mark in 2021-22, including a 6-14 mark in Big East conference play. The Bulldogs ended up as the 9-seed in the conference tournament, taking out Xavier in the first round before falling to top-seeded Providence in the second round, ending their season and resulting in the firing of LaVall Jordan. The Bulldogs swiftly replaced Jordan with Thad Matta for his second go around at Butler as head coach, having previously coached the Bulldogs in 2000-01. The Bulldogs do lose familiar faces like Bo Hodges (10 PPG, 6.9 RPG), Bryce Golden (8.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG), Bryce Nze (9.7 PPG, 6.5 RPG) and Aaron Thompson (8.1 PPG, 3.8 APG), but did hit the transfer portal fairly hard, snagging Ali Ali (13.9 PPG) from Akron and Manny Bates (9.8 PPG, 5.9 RPG) from NC State to go along with the returning Chuck Harris (11.4 PPG) to make up a nice core for Butler to build on with Matta going forward. The potential is there to make a jump in the Big East, but it’ll be a challenge.
New Orleans is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall whilet he over is 38-16-1 in their last 55 road games. Butler is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Monday games while the over is 12-5-1 in their last 18 games overall.
I get the case to be made for either side here, but I’m looking at the under. Both lost a significant amount of their production from last year’s teams, and I just see this being a 40-minute slopfest with both teams looking for answers offensively. Give me the under here.