Butler vs. Seton Hall - 1/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Seton Hall Pirates (12-4) at Butler Bulldogs (15-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs -5 -- Over/Under: 125.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Seton Hall Pirates and the Butler Bulldogs meet in Big East Conference college basketball action from the Hinkle Fieldhouse on Wednesday evening.
The Seton Hall Pirates will look to build on their current six-game winning streak after a 69-55 win over Marquette in their last outing. Myles Powell led the Pirates with 23 points along with 7 rebounds and 3 steals while Romaro Gill added 10 points with 6 rebounds as the only other double-digit scorer for Seton Hall in the winning effort. Quincy McKnight added 4 points with a team-high 6 assists as well in the victory. Powell leads Seton Hall in scoring with an average of 21.5 points per game while McKnight leads the Pirates in assists with 4.9 assists per game and Jared Rhoden leads Seton Hall in rebounding with 6.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Seton Hall is averaging 75.1 points per game on 45.1% shooting from the field, 34.2% from behind the arc and 68.9% from the foul line this season.
The Butler Bulldogs will also look to add to their own six-game winning streak after a 70-58 win over Providence last time out. Kamar Baldwin and Jordan Tucker each had 17 points with Baldwin adding 7 rebounds while Tucker shot 7 of 11 with 3 threes and 6 rebounds. Bryce Golden added 14 points with a team-high 9 rebounds and Bryce Nze chipped in 10 points with 7 rebounds to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Butler in the win. Baldwin leads Butler in scoring with an average of 14.8 points per game while Nze leads the Bulldogs in rebounding with 7.1 rebounds per game and Aaron Thompson leads Butler in assists with 5.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Butler is averaging 68.8 points per game on 47.8% shooting from the field, 36.2% from behind the arc and 70.2% from the foul line. The Bulldogs also own a top-5 defense, allowing just 54.4 points per game against this season.
Seton Hall is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. Butler is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. The underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
I get Butler being favored at home and deservedly so as a top-5 team with a top-5 defense. However, these two teams have a history of playing each other extremely close, as four of the last five head-to-head meetings have been decided by three points or less. I just think that the Pirates have what it takes to hang with Butler here. So I’ll take Seton Hall and the points in this one.