Pregame: Butler Bulldogs vs #21 Seton Hall
Saturday Jan. 6, at Hinkle Fieldhouse. 2:30 PM ET.
Butler finishes their stretch of three straight games against ranked Big East opponents with the Pirates coming to Hinkle Fieldhouse. So far the Bulldogs are 2-1 in conference play, with their loss coming in their last matchup against Xavier. Seton Hall is 2-0 in conference play, with a win against #25 Creighton and St. John’s.
Seton Hall has shown up big against tough opponents this season. They are 3-0 against ranked opponents, but has two losses against less than stellar teams, namely Rhode Island and Rutgers. With their roster full of seniors, it is no surprise that Seton Hall is a tough team to get through.
Desi Rodriguez has impressed in his senior season, leading Seton Hall with nearly 19 points, five rebounds and two assists per game. He has hit bigtime game winners, and excels in bigtime games, averaging 25 points per game against ranked opponents. Rodriguez is an above average shooter, but his strength is in getting to the rim.
In the backcourt are Myles Powell and Khadeen Carrington, both averaging 14 points per game. Powell, a sophomore, leads Seton Hall in three point shooting at 43%. Carrington, a senior, runs the point for the Pirates and is also a solid shooter and defender.
Angel Delgado is the 6’10 senior center, and arguably the biggest star on the team. Delgado is a double double machine, averaging nearly 14 points and 12 rebounds per game. The big man is a beast in the post, scoring almost at will with his back to the basket. While his stat line is already impressive, Delgado’s passing is also an underrated part of his game; the big man has five games with four assists or more.
For Butler, Kamar Baldwin has continued to impress after a slower start to the season. In the loss against Xavier the sophomore guard put up 28 points, and had a highlight reel block to stop an easy Xavier dunk.
Kelan Martin has had a great start to the conference season, and is averaging over 25 points per game against Big East teams so far this season. Look for him to come out strong against Seton Hall this weekend.
Seton Hall is a great interior defending team, lead by the big man Delgado. Look for Butler to try to beat them from the outside, as they ride their shooters to another victory over a ranked opponent.
Players to watch-
Myles Powell is an incredible threat from beyond the arc, perhaps one of the best shooters Butler has encountered so far this season. Powell has nine games already this season with at least three long balls made. Butler has struggled to guard the perimeter at times this season, so look for Powell to try to exploit those openings.
Angel Delgado is a fan favorite for the Pirates, and it is not hard to see why. His charismatic personality off the court coupled with his dominance in the paint make him impossible not to watch. Keep an eye on Delgado in this game, but also throughout the his senior season.
Tyler Wideman is not the most prolific scorer, but he is the backbone to the Butler defense. The Dawgs will be relying on him to protect the interior from not only Delgado, but from Seton Hall’s attacking guards as well. Look for Wideman to be a key in this game.
Kelan Martin has been showing out in conference play so far. With three big games already under his belt, let’s see what the senior star can do in the future.
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