Butler at Marquette
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 20, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)|
Marquette Golden Eagles -6 -- Over/Under: 144.5
The Butler Bulldogs will travel to Fiserv Forum to take on the 11th ranked Marquette Golden Eagles this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Butler Bulldogs improved to 15-11 (6-7 Big East) on the season after defeating the DePaul Blue Demons, 91-78, this past Saturday. Butler was outstanding offensively against the Blue Demons and pulled away in the 2nd half after an 8-0 Bulldogs run gave Butler a 65-56 lead with 11:33 left in regulation. Butler shot 54.4% from the field and outrebounded the Blue Demons by a 31-23 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Kamar Baldwin who had 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals.
On the season, Butler is averaging 73.5 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 9.2 three-pointers per game on 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Butler has been led by Kamar Baldwin (17.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.4 spg), Paul Jorgensen (11.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.7 apg), Jordan Tucker (9.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg), and Sean McDermott (9.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg).
Defensively, Butler is allowing their opponents to average 69.3 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of -0.9 and a turnover margin of 1.9.
The Marquette Golden Eagles won their 2nd straight game and improved to 21-4 (10-2 Big East) on the season after defeating the DePaul Blue Demons, 92-73, on February 12th. Markus Howard and the Marquette offense had no trouble putting points up on the board against the DePaul defense and pulled away easily in the 2nd half after going into halftime with a 51-39 lead. Marquette shot 52.4% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 16-6 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Markus Howard who had 36 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Marquette is averaging 79.0 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles are averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game on 39.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Marquette has been led by Markus Howard (25.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.1 spg), Sam Hauser (15.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.3 apg), Joey Hauser (9.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Sacar Anim (8.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.1 apg).
Defensively, Marquette is allowing their opponents to average 69.0 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of -1.2.
The Bulldogs are 9-19 ATS in their last 28 road games and just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Golden Eagles are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
Butler has won 3 of their last 4 games and currently rank 168th in scoring offense, 124th in FG%, and 125th in scoring defense.
Marquette has 10 of their last 11 games and currently rank 49th in scoring offense, 77th in FG%, and 33rd in defensive FG%.
Butler is playing some decent basketball as of late, however, this is a team that doesn’t have many offensive weapons outside of the Kamar Baldwin & Paul Jorgensen, and really struggled in their first match-up against the Golden Eagles as they lost at home by a 76-58 margin. Marquette is an impressive 15-1 at home this season and as Markus Howard has really been shooting lights out as of late, putting 30+ points up in 4 of their last 5 games, I think Marquette will be able to do enough at home to cover this mid-range spread.