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Butler vs. Marquette - 1/12/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Marquette Golden Eagles (12-5) at Butler Bulldogs (12-6)

College Basketball: Friday, January 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)

The Line: Butler Bulldogs -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

Over at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Friday, we’ve got college basketball action looming from the Marquette Golden Eagles and the Butler Bulldogs. 

Marquette comes into this one at 12-5 on the season. The Eagles fell to Villanova on Saturday but followed that up with a win over Seton Hall Tuesday. In that one, Marquette guard Andrew Rowsey put up 31 points. 

Butler vs. Marquette - 1/12/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Markus Howard is the top scorer for the Golden Eagles this year on 22.8 PPG and 3.4 RPG, while Rowsey is second on 21.6 PPG. The only other Marquette player averaging in double-digits is Sam Hauser with 14.0 PPG and 5.8 RPG. 

Over on the Butler side, they’re sitting at 12-6 this season. The Bulldogs have lost their last three games, falling to Creighton most recently on Tuesday. In that one, Butler’s Paul Jorgensen put up 18 points. 

Tops in scoring for Butler this year is Kelan Martin with 19.2 PPG and a team-high 6.8 RPG. Also in the double-digit club for the Bulldogs are Kamar Baldwin (15.3 PPG) and Jorgensen (12.1 PPG). 

Marquette is 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and the over is 4-0 in their last four road games. The over is also 6-0 in the Eagles’ last six Friday games and 6-2 in their last eight versus the Big East. 

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. Butler is also 1-6 ATS in their last seven versus the Big East and 0-4 ATS in the last four games following a straight-up loss. 

Marquette seems to be a little top-heavy for my tastes, but they put down Seton Hall without much trouble. The Golden Eagles have only lost to one unranked team this year (Georgia on Dec. 2). As for Butler, they had a couple of stumbles early in the year but lately are hanging in there against the tougher teams in the country. I like the Bulldogs to bang out a cover here.

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