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Butler hosts New Orleans Saturday night at Hinkle

The Bulldogs hope to go 2-0 in their tilt against New Orleans

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After trouncing their intra-city rival, the Butler Bulldogs (1-0) will play host to the New Orleans Privateers (1-0) on Saturday Night at Hinkle FIeldhouse. These two teams have faced off once before: on Jan. 5, 2013, Butler pulled out the 57-44 home victory over UNO.

Major Keys

Time & Place: Saturday, November 9th, 7:00 PM ET, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

TV: Fox Sports Networks (Vince Welch & Nick Bahe)

Radio: 93.5 FM/107.5 FM/1070 AM (Butler; Mark Minner & Nick Gardner)

Streaming: Fox Sports Go

About the Bulldogs

The Bulldogs have been impressive in the early going. Despite playing most of their season opener short-handed, Butler still had a dominant performance over IUPUI, allowing just 47 points. Between that game and the two exhibitions, that was actually the most points they’ve conceded so far this year.

They will for sure have at least one body back, as Jordan Tucker returns to the fold following his one-game suspension. We’ll see if Kamar Baldwin, Henry Baddley, Christian David, Markeese Hastings, and/or Derrick Smits will also be able to suit up after nursing illnesses and injuries the past few days.

For that reason, this game will definitely be another matchup where head coach LaVall Jordan will be figuring out which lineup combinations will work for him down the line when the team is at full strength. For the players that will be active, all they can do is put in their best effort against a beatable opponent.

Meet the Privateers

New Orleans finished 2018-19 with a 19-14 record. They went 12-6 in the Southland Conference, which put them in a three-way tie for third. UNO made it the conference championship, but fell to Abiliene Christian. Their season was good enough for a berth in the Tournament, but they lost in the first round in overtime to Texas Southern.

The Privateers started their 2019-20 campaign on the right foot with a 114-58 drubbing over Division-II Spring Hill College. Bryson Robinson, their top returning scorer (11.5 ppg in 2019), led the charge with 22 points on 8/14 shooting from the field and 4/4 from the free throw line.