Time and Date: Wednesday, January 15 @ 6:30 pm ET
Records: Butler (15-1) | Seton Hall (12-4)
Rankings: Butler (#2 NET) | Seton Hall (#19 NET)
TV Channel: FS1
Watch Online: FOX Sports GO
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Favorite: Butler (-6)
Butler and Seton Hall square off Wednesday night in what may be (in our humble and unbiased opinion) the most significant game of the college basketball season to date. Butler has made a convincing case that it is the second best team in the country (unfortunately, the only team that has a resume as impressive as the Bulldogs’ also beat them head-to-head) and Seton Hall is certainly no slouch, ranking in the top 20 of all the major rankings and coming in as high as #13 in KenPom.
To add extra spice to this contest, the Dawgs and the Pirates are deadlocked at the top of the Big East, the only undefeated competitors remaining. Both teams have won six games in a row overall and both are coming off convincing wins over the weekend. Both squads claim one of the best guards in the country with Myles Powell captaining Seton Hall and Kamar Baldwin representing Butler.
As if you needed another reason to tune in, Butler and the Hall have a recent history of thrilling contests. Over the past two seasons, the teams have met five times and those games have been determined by an average margin of 2.8 points. With stars like Powell and Baldwin on the floor, viewers can expect some late game heroics to play a major part in the result of this one.
This game is probably bigger for Seton Hall than it is for Butler. Butler’s resume is such that a loss to a strong conference opponent would just be a blip that Coach Jordan’s team could fairly easily bounce back from. Where the Pirates are concerned, however, there are still some doubts as to just how good Kevin Willard’s squad is. They have had a couple of puzzling losses and also let two tremendous opportunities slip away earlier in the season, losing close ones to Michigan State and Oregon.
Butler may appear to be the better team, but the Pirates are going to come in hungry and desperate to prove that they can beat an elite team. You won’t want to miss this one.