Marquette vs. Butler - 1/30/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Butler Bulldogs (14-6) at Marquette Golden Eagles (14-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Marquette Golden Eagles +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Marquette Golden Eagles and the Butler Bulldogs face off on Saturday in Big East college basketball action.
The Marquette Golden Eagles are 14-7 this season and they have won their last two games. Butler is averaging 75.6 points per game and they are shooting 45.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.4 points and their opponents are shooting 39.7 percent. Henry Ellenson leads the Golden Eagles averaging 15.5 points and 10 rebounds per game. Luke Fischer is averaging 12.8 points and 6.9 rebounds, Duane Wilson is averaging 12.7 points, and Haanif Cheatham is averaging 11.1 points. Marquette is 9-5 at home and 3-5 in Big East play.
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The Butler Bulldogs are 14-6 this season and they are coming off of a win over DePaul that ended a two game losing skid. Butler is averaging 81.5 points per game and they are shooting 47.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 69.2 points and their opponents are shooting 41.1 percent. Kellen Dunham leads the Bulldogs averaging 16.3 points per game. Roosevelt Jones is averaging 14.5 points and 6.9 rebounds, Kelan Martin is averaging 14.2 points and 6.3 rebounds, and Andrew Chrabascz is averaging 11 points. Butler is 2-3 on the road and 3-5 in Big East.
Marquette is 16-34-2 against the spread in their last 52 home games, 14-36-1 against the spread against the Big East, and 1-5 against the spread following a win. Butler is 1-6-1 against the spread in their last eight games, 1-7-1 against the spread against the Big East, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four road games. The Favorite is 2-0-2 against the point spread in the last four meetings of these two teams.
Butler has been ice cold of late and I don’t see their win over DePaul giving me enough confidence in them to lay points on the road so my play here is Marquette, who hasn’t been inspiring of late either.