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Butler vs. Marquette - 1/30/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Marquette at Butler
Date & Time Wednesday January 30, 2019, 6:30 PM (EST)
Location
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Indianapolis, IN
The Line
Butler Bulldogs -2 -- Over/Under: 149
TV Channel
FS-1
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The Marquette Golden Eagles and the Butler Bulldogs meet in Big East conference college basketball action from the Hinkle Fieldhouse on Wednesday night.

The Marquette Golden Eagles will look to build on their current 7-game winning streak after an 87-82 win over Xavier in their last outing. Markus Howard led the Golden Eagles with 31 points on 10 of 22 shooting with 4 threes and a 7 of 8 mark from the foul line along with a team-high 4 assists. Joey Hauser came 2nd with 21 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 5 threes while Sam Hauser added 20 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 9 rebounds to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Marquette in the winning effort. Howard leads Marquette with an average of 24.6 points and 4.3 assists per game while Sam Hauser leads the Golden Eagles on the glass with 7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Marquette is averaging 79.7 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field, 39.6% from behind the 3-point line and 77.6% from the foul line this season, the 8th-best free throw percentage in the country this year.

The Butler Bulldogs are in dire need of a win after back-to-back losses and defeats in 7 of their last 9 games following a 75-61 loss to Creighton in their last outing. Kamar Baldwin led the Bulldogs with 23 points on 8 of 12 shooting with a pair of threes as the only Butler player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Jordan Tucker had 9 points and a share of the team-high with 5 rebounds while Paul Jorgensen had 5 boards with 6 points as well. Baldwin leads Butler with an average of 17.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while Aaron Thompson leads the Bulldogs in assists with 4.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Butler is averaging 73.6 points per game on 45.9% shooting from the field, 36.8% from 3-point range and 73.6% from the foul line this season.

Marquette is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 conference games. Butler is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss while the over is 9-1 in their last 10 conference games. Marquette is 1-9-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings between these two teams and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Butler.

Butler has flat out owned this matchup over the years, so a date with Marquette could be what the doctor ordered to get the Bulldogs out of this slump. However, if it was any other Marquette team than this one. The Golden Eagles are rolling right now and are looking like a serious threat behind the likes of Markus Howard and the Hausers. Given the form of these two teams, trends aside, we are getting a free bucket with the much better team and that’s something I’ll rarely turn down so I’ll take Marquette and the points here.

Pick:
Marquette +2

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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