It will be a contest between two outstanding offenses when the Butler Bulldogs (12-6, 2-3 Big East), 4.5-point favorites, go head-to-head with the Marquette Golden Eagles (12-5, 3-2 Big East) at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 158 points and it begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday, January 12, 2018.
Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Butler Bulldogs ATS Odds
In their last game, the Bulldogs were beaten by the 25th-ranked Creighton Bluejays, 85-74, while the Golden Eagles dismantled the 13th-ranked Seton Hall Pirates, 84-64.
Marquette played a perfect game. They had an extraordinarily low turnover percentage of 7.5 (better than their season average of 14.8) and a free throw rate of 0.191 (matching their season average). For those same stats, Seton Hall recorded marks of 15.9 and 0.136, respectively. Butler, meanwhile, held Creighton to an offensive rebounding percentage of 16.7 (below their season average of 24.9). Butler rallied around Kamar Baldwin, who recorded 15 points and eight rebounds. Meanwhile, Andrew Rowsey was a key piece for Marquette with 31 points and five rebounds.
Butler figures to have the advantage on the offensive side of the ball. The Bulldogs rank 70th in offensive efficiency, while Marquette ranks 285th in defensive efficiency.
Baldwin has taken his game to another level recently for Butler, averaging 20.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks over the last five games.
The Bulldogs dominated this series last year, winning both games. In the most recent matchup, Butler won 68-65. Butler’s free throw rate was their largest strength over Marquette. The Bulldogs had a rate of 0.176, while the Golden Eagles posted a mark of 0.083. This is the first time these teams will meet this year.
Marquette Golden Eagles at Butler Bulldogs Odds Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Butler, ATS Winner – Marquette, O/U – Under
Marquette ranks 13th in three pointers attempted per game (29.1) while Butler ranks 150th (21.8).
The Golden Eagles rank 47th in blocks allowed per game (2.8) while the Bulldogs rank 91st (3.6).
Marquette is 34th in the NCAA with 5.3 steals allowed per game while Butler is 39th with 5.4 steals allowed per game.
The Bulldogs rank 160th in rebounds per game (35.6) while the Golden Eagles rank 245th (32.4).
Marquette ranks 44th in assists per game (16.2) while Butler ranks 112th (14.2).
The Golden Eagles’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.0, down from 7.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bulldogs have scored an average of 86.4 points per game (6.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 88.6 points per game (16.4 above their season average).
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