Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Butler Bulldogs - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Butler Bulldogs (15-6) at Marquette Golden Eagles (10-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Marquette Golden Eagles +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports Networks
The Butler Bulldogs will travel to the BMO Harris Bradley Center to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The 25th Butler Bulldogs improved to 15-6 (5-3 Big East) on the season after defeating the 24th ranked Seton Hall Pirates, 77-57, this past Sunday. Butler shot 49.1% from the field and held Seton Hall to 16.7% (4-24) three-point shooting in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Alex Barlow who had 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists. Butler is ranked 16th in the RPI Standings as has played the 12th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulldogs have been led by Kellen Dunham (16.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg) and Roosevelt Jones (13.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.8 apg). Offensively, Butler is averaging 70.7 ppg (ranked 101st) on 43.7% shooting (ranked 159th). The Bulldogs average 12.71 offensive rpg (ranked 46th) and commit only 10.8 turnovers per game (ranked 23rd). Defensively, Butler is holding their opponents to an average of 60.1 ppg (ranked 39th) on 41.0% shooting (ranked 109th). The Bulldogs average 7.0 spg (ranked 99th) and have a rebound margin of 5.1 (ranked 41st).
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The Marquette Golden Eagles lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 10-10 (2-6 Big East) on the season after being defeated 80-70 by the Seton Hall Pirates this past Wednesday. Marquette allowed Seton Hall to shoot 50.0% from the field and 50.0% (13-26) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Matt Carlino who had 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Marquette is ranked 121st in the RPI Standings and has played the 59th ranked SOS. On the season, the Golden Eagles have been led by Matt Carlino (14.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.5 spg) and Duane Wilson (11.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.2 apg). Offensively, Marquette is averaging 68.1 ppg (ranked 158th) on 45.2% shooting (ranked 95th). The Golden Eagles average 15.7 apg (ranked 24th) and have a 1.28 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 41st). Defensively, Marquette is allowing their opponents to average 65.8 ppg (ranked 167th) on 43.2% shooting (ranked 201st). The Golden Eagles are grabbing just 31.0 total rpg (ranked 313th) and have a rebound margin of -3.1 (ranked 291st).
The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 15-7-1 ATS in their last 23 games following a S.U. win. The Golden Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
Butler has put together a nice NCAA resume so far this season and look they could be Big East contenders they have a very well balance team. Marquette is really struggling right now and although they have a great back court that can put up some points, they seem to really struggle on the defensive end. Butler is going to have a big advantage on the boards in this one and I can see Kellen Dunham and Roosevelt Jones providing enough offensive for the Butler to cover this small spread. Take Butler to cover.