The (#24) Seton Hall Pirates (13-5, 3-3) pay a visit to the Butler Bulldogs (14-6, 4-3) Sunday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Here are the three things to focus on in the game.
These two teams squared off just two weeks ago in Newark. Butler got the best of the Pirates in overtime. It was a pretty great back and forth game which featured Khadeen Carrington and Sterling Gibbs combining for 50 of Seton Hall's 75 total points, along with Roosevelt Jones and Kellen Dunham combining for 44 of Butler's 79 points. I expect Sunday's game to be similar, as these are two very even teams. Having seen each other a couple weeks ago will only help each side in determining matchups.
Butler has matched their win total from last season already this year. The Bulldogs got their 14th win last season on March 7. Kameron Woods will also look to continue his climb up the Butler all-time leaderboard as he recorded his 800th career rebound against Creighton on Wednesday night. Woods is only the sixth player in Butler history to accomplish the feat. Woods leads the Big East in rebounding, and had 15 the last time these teams faced off.
Seton Hall is coming off a tough home loss to DePaul on Thursday night, their third loss in four games. The Pirates are better than they've been the past couple games, all things considered. It starts with Sterling Gibbs. Gibbs went for thirty points against the Bulldogs last time before fouling out in overtime, and if he can get it going again, it could be a long day for the Bulldogs. Angel Delgado also gave the Bulldogs fits, going for 15 rebounds (six offensive, nine defensive). Butler needs to contain the big man.