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Big East Tournament - College basketball point spread favors Pirates in battle with Bulldogs

Butler BulldogsSeton Hall Pirates
14-16March 12, 2014, 07:00 | Madison Square Garden15-16

The visiting Butler Bulldogs hope to send their backers to the pay window on Wednesday as they look to cover the spread at Madison Square Garden against the Seton Hall Pirates.

Seton Hall will face the 14-16 Bulldogs, who own a 13-14-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Pirates are 16-14 on the OU so far this season while the Bulldogs are 11-17.View Butler Bulldogs vs Seton Hall Pirates Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 1.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Pirates sit at No. 154 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bulldogs sit at No. 166 on the same chart.

Butler won its last outing, a 71-54 result against Seton Hall on March 8. They covered in that game as a 2-point favorite. The Pirates were burned for 29 points by Kellen Dunham on Saturday as the Bulldogs put another game in the win column, 71-54, at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Seton Hall's No. 224-rated squad against Butler's No. 152-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Seton Hall rates No. 45 in the country with 7.52 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 133 nationally with 6.03 per match.

A few Bulldogs at Pirates trends to consider:
Butler is 5-11-1 ATS in its last 17 games
Butler is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Butler's last 7 games
Seton Hall is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seton Hall's last 5 games