It will be a battle between Big East opponents when the No. 16 Seton Hall Pirates (18-7, 10-3 Big East) welcome the No. 21 Butler Bulldogs (19-7, 7-6 Big East) to the Prudential Center. The game is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.
Game Odds: Seton Hall opens as a 6 point home favorites, with a total of 134.5 at Draftkings NJ Sportsbook.
Butler Bulldogs at Seton Hall Pirates Betting Prediction
The Bulldogs are hoping for a better outcome after their 73-66 loss to the Georgetown Hoyas in their last contest. Georgetown’s 0.271 free throw rate was their biggest advantage over Butler, who had a mark of 0.115. The Hoyas’ mark was above their season average of 0.265, while the Bulldogs’ was below their season average of 0.228. Kamar Baldwin led Butler in scoring with 17 points on 7-for-17 shooting.
The last time the Pirates played, they lost a tough one to the Providence Friars, 74-71. Providence’s rebounding was their biggest advantage. The Friars had more offensive rebounds (20 vs. 11), defensive rebounds (27 vs. 24) and total rebounds (47 vs. 35). With 27 points on 9-for-20 shooting, Myles Powell led Seton Hall in scoring.
Conflicting styles will be on display in this matchup. Seton Hall prefers an up-tempo style of play (85th in possessions per game), while Butler is methodical (349th in possessions per game).
This will be the second game of the season between these two squads. In the first, Powell scored a game-high 29 points and the Pirates beat the Bulldogs 78-70. He also had seven rebounds. The Pirates made 21 of their 25 free throws (84.0 percent) and had a better turnover percentage (11.5 vs. 14.4).
Butler Bulldogs at Seton Hall Pirates ATS Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Butler, O/U – Under
Butler ranks 12th in rebounds allowed per game (30.2) while Seton Hall ranks 238th (37.5).
The Pirates rank third in blocks per game (6.4) while the Bulldogs rank 148th (2.7).
Butler ranks 43rd in steals allowed per game (5.5) while Seton Hall ranks 134th (6.6).
The Pirates rank 96th in three pointers attempted per game (23.6) while the Bulldogs rank 125th in three pointers allowed per game (21.1).
The Bulldogs have been outscored by an average of 4.4 points in their last five games. On the season, Butler has defeated opponents by an average of 7.0 points.
During their last five games, the Pirates have scored an average of 72.6 points per game (1.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 74.0 points per game (7.4 above their season average).