Teams: Seton Hall (15-15; 6-11 ) vs. Butler (13-16; 3-14)
Day: Saturday, March 8
Time: 4:30 PM ET
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
About Seton Hall:
- Seton Hall defeated Xavier on Senior Night, winning for the second time in their last seven games. The Hall played a great game against Xavier, out rebounding them and shooting much better from the field. Brian Oliver led all Seton Hall scorers with 20 points, but Seton Hall overall had a balanced offense with three players in total scoring in double digits. Matt Stainbrook’s injury might have been the reason the Musketeers could not compete as well down low with the Pirates, but Seton Hall played a good game and you can’t take that away from them.
- Butler defeated DePaul, the team with the worst record in the Big East, ending a seven game losing streak. Butler has not played very well in the Big East this season, but were able to pull out a win in Illinois against the Blue Demons. Alex Bartlow led Butler with 19 points which was the highest on the team. The Bulldogs won the contest because they shot more effectively and outrebounded DePaul. Kellen Dunham, who is regarded as Butler’s star player, played a disappointing game, shooting under 20% from the field and under 15% from the three. The win for Butler boosted them out of the last place spot in the Big East, in their first season in the conference.
Two Keys to the Game:
-Seton Hall’s balanced offense
Seton Hall is bound for victory when they use a balanced offense in competition. The Hall’s balanced offense was one of the main reasons for their success against Xavier and will be the reason for victory against Butler if they keep it up.
In Butler’s last game against DePaul, the team shot 46% from the field, besting their average percentage of 43%. Butler will need to continue their effective shooting against Seton Hall in order to earn a victory. Prediction: Seton Hall 62, Butler 68