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Butler vs Seton Hall Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds

Bulldogs vs Pirates Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Butler Bulldogs at Seton Hall Pirates
  • Where: Newark at Prudential Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 7th
  • Betting Odds: Butler +5, BUTL +176 | SETON -222 O/U 131.5

Bulldogs Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Seton Hall, the Butler Bulldogs will be taking the floor for the 17th time this season and have an overall record of 10-6. On the road, the Bulldogs will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 3-3. So far, the Bulldogs have been the underdog 5 times, going 0-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +5 underdogs on the spread.

Butler will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jayden Taylor who is averaging 13.56 points per game for the Bulldogs. Taylor is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Bulldogs’ offensive game plan is the play of Manny Bates who has hit 63.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.31 points per game.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for Butler this season, as they are currently ranked 411th in college basketball at 63.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Bulldogs’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.5%, placing them 445th in the NCAA.

Pirates Preview:

Seton Hall heads into this matchup having played 16 games and have an overall record sitting at 8-8. Currently, the Pirates have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 6-4. The Pirates’ are sitting with a betting line that is -5 points in their favor. For the season, Seton Hall has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 5-4.

Seton Hall will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Al-Amir Dawes who is averaging 10.94 points per game for the Pirates. Dawes is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Pirates’ offensive game plan is the play of Tyrese Samuel who has hit 54.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.5 points per game.

On offense, Seton Hall is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 72.9 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 16 games, they have only hit 34.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 35.82% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Free Spread Prediction: Butler Bulldogs +5

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Seton Hall as the favorites with a line coming in at -5. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Butler Bulldogs to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Seton Hall at 7.35 made 3’s per game compared to Butler at 6.94. Look for Butler to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Pirates.

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