How to Watch
When/Where: 8:30 p.m. ET; Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
Radio: 93.5 FM (Indiana)/ 970 AM (New Jersey)
Butler is favored by a 1.5 points via OddsShark.
Three Things to look for
1. Angel Delgado’s Rebounding Dominance
The 6’10 junior from Dominican Republic has been the driving force for Seton Hall this season. Delgado has become an undeniable and dominant rebounder, averaging 12.4 rebounds per game to go along with his 14.7 points per game mark. His ability to give the Pirates second chance points adds extra possessions, points, and opportunities. Per Kenpom.com, Delgado is the 23 best rebounder in the nation. Facing a team that is ranked 83rd in defensive rebounding percentage, Delgado’s ability to give Kevin Willard’s team more second-chance points will determine the outlook of this game. In games where the junior has more than five offensive rebounds, Seton Hall is 6-2. When Seton Hall has more offensive chances, they obviously will have a better chance at winning.
2. The Emergence of Kamar Baldwin
In the last five games, Kamar Baldwin has scored more than 16 points in four of these, all of which were wins. Baldwin is shooting an impressive 52.3% from the field as well, and his outstanding performance fills a need for the Bulldogs. While Andrew Chrabascz and Kelan Martin are able to produce points from the two forward positions, Butler lacks that true penetrating guard.
While he is able to suck the defense by rolling into the paint, Baldwin opens more opportunities for other players. When he is scoring and creating better spacing, Butler plays at a higher level. Yet, facing Khadeen Carrington, who has amassed around one defensive win share so far this season (per Sports-Reference.com), he will be facing a tough matchup. If Chris Holtmann’s team is to garner another difficult win, Baldwin will need to step up and continue his impressive play.
3. Seton Hall’s need for a resumé-building win
A little over halfway through the college basketball season, Seton Hall has yet to record a true standout win. While the victory over South Carolina was impressive, it was without senior Sindarius Thornwell, the Gamecocks’ leading scorer. For them to be safe on Selection Sunday, they need about two or three more quality wins over NCAA Tournament caliber teams. Facing Butler, a top 25 ranked team who is a probable lock for the postseason, a win here would go a long way. It would take the pressure off their backs later in the season and in the Big East Tournament to record quality wins.
Other Players to Watch
Desi Rodriguez: The sweet-shooting junior from the Bronx is second on the team in scoring (16.3 points) and recorded 30 points against Marquette earlier in the season.
Madison Jones: A transfer from Wake Forest, he has taken on the role of secondary ball-handler along Khadeen Carrington. He is second on the team in assists and first in steals.
Andrew Chrabascz: The senior is posting career highs in rebounds, assists, and three pointers made. He is one of the focal points of Chris Holtmann’s offense.
Tyler Wideman: As a junior, Wideman leads the team in rebounds and blocks per game. His ability to defend on the interior has been vital for Butler.