Butler at Seton Hall
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 9, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Seton Hall Pirates -3 -- Over/Under: 142
The Butler Bulldogs will travel to the Prudential Center to take on the Seton Hall Pirates this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Butler Bulldogs snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 10-5 (1-1 Big East) on the season after defeating the Creighton Bluejays, 84-69, this past Saturday. Butler has no trouble putting up points early in this one and easily cruised to victory in the 2nd half after taking a 48-29 halftime lead. Butler shot 50.8% from the field and 36.7% from beyond the arc while committing just 9 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Kamar Baldwin who had 28 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and a block.
On the season, Butler is averaging 73.4 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 9.1 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Butler has been led by Kamar Baldwin (16.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.5 spg), Paul Jorgensen (13.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.5 apg), Sean McDermott (10.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg), and Aaron Thompson (6.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, Butler is holding their opponents to an average of 66.1 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of -0.6 and a turnover margin of 3.3.
The Seton Hall Pirates had their 7-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 11-4 (2-1 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the DePaul Blue Demons, 75-74, this past Sunday. Seton Hall trailed for the majority of the game and although they held the Blue Demons scoreless over the final 2:43 of regulation, Seton hall couldn’t get three-pointers by either Myles Powell or Shavar Reynolds in the final minute to get the come from behind victory. Seton Hall allowed DePaul to shoot 54.5% from the field & 42.9% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Pirates was Myles Powell who had 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.
On the season, Seton Hall is averaging 75.7 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Pirates are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 32.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Seton Hall has been led by Myles Powell (22.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.8 spg), Sandro Mamukelashvili (9.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.8 apg), Michael Nzei (9.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Quincy McKnight (8.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.6 spg).
Defensively, Seton Hall is allowing their opponents to average 69.9 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Pirates have a rebound margin of -1.0 and a turnover margin of 3.7.
The Bulldogs are 6-16 ATS in their last 22 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Big East opponents. The Pirates are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Butler rebounded after two ugly losses to Florida & Georgetown with an impressive performance against Creighton and looked more like the team we saw earlier this season win games against Florida & UC Irvine. Butler has struggled a bit offensively as they rank just 198th in scoring offense, however, the Bulldogs have a solid defense that ranks 61st in scoring defense. Seton Hall had their winning streak that including wins over Kentucky, Maryland, & St. John’s snapped, however, look to be a tough out in the Big East this season as they are a balanced team that ranks 139th in scoring offense & 144th in scoring defense.
I’m looking forward to this game as this should be a great match-up against two of the better players in the Big East in Butler’s Kamar Baldwin & Seton Hall’s Myles Powell. I think Seton Hall is the better team, however, Butler is a solid team that I think should be able to keep this one close. Butler has won 2 of their 3 games at Seton Hall and as I think this one is coming down to the wire, I'm taking the Bulldogs and the points. Good Luck!