GAME: #867 Marquette vs #868 Butler
TIME: 1/24/2020 – 9:00p EST
SPREAD: Butler -6
The Marquette Golden Eagles (14-5, 4-3) have a tough BIG EAST Conference road game against the #13 Butler Bulldogs (15-4, 3-3) at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Friday at 9 p.m. EST. Butler lost its 3rd straight game by a score of 76-61 at Villanova while Marquette has won 3 straight games, the last was against St. Johns by a score of 82-68. Last season these teams faced each other twice with Marquette winning both by scores of 58-76 at Butler and 79-69 at Marquette.
MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES
The Marquette Golden Eagles are averaging 77 points per game on 43% field goal shooting adding 10 three-pointers and nine offensive rebounds per game. The golden eagles are allowing 68 points per game on 39% field goal shooting while forcing 11.7 turnovers and adding 6.5 steals and 3.4 blocks on defense. Marquette is led by Markus Howard with 28.4 points 3.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game along with Sacar Anim with 12.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
The #13 Butler Bulldogs are averaging 68 points per game on 46% field goal shooting. The Bulldogs are allowing 58 points per game on 37% field-goal shooting while forcing 12 turnovers and adding 5.9 steals and 3.1 blocks per game. Butler is led by Kamar Baldwin with 15.4 points 4.2 rebounds in 2.8 assists along with Sean McDermott with 11 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
MARQUETTE vs BUTLER PREDICTION
The Bulldogs have been struggling lately losing their last 3 games, forward Christian David is out with a knee injury, and they will probably not be ranked on Monday adds to their list of problems. The Bulldogs know they have to perform tonight which will put a lot of pressure on Butler. Markus Howard has been on a tear lately and Marquette is playing really good basketball right now and with Butler on the opposite end of the spectrum, this line on this game does not make a lot of sense as Marquette beat Butler twice last season with both teams having most of the same personnel. This line opened at -5 and is up to -6 and possibly going to continue in that direction. Butler has to show up and play good defense tonight. If the Bulldogs can keep Howard under 30 points they should have no problem covering the spread in a low scoring game.
- Over is 7-0 in Golden Eagles last 7 games following a ATS win.
- Over is 11-2 in Golden Eagles last 13 Friday games.
- Golden Eagles are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog.
- Over is 9-2 in Golden Eagles last 11 overall.
- Over is 4-0 in Bulldogs last 4 overall.
- Over is 4-1-1 in Bulldogs last 6 games following a straight up loss.
- Under is 4-1 in Bulldogs last 5 Friday games.
- Bulldogs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
Bookie Analysis: Butler -6 / Under 137.5
Fade the Public: no data / Under 137.5
Sharp Action: no data / no data
Marquette vs #13 Butler Prediction & Analysis – College Basketball