Marquette at Butler 1/30/19 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions
The No. 10 ranked Marquette Golden Eagles visit Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana on Wednesday to play the Butler Bulldogs. Marquette improved to 18-3 on the season following its 87-72 win over Xavier on Saturday. The Golden Eagles were led by Markus Howard with 31 points. Howard scored 19 points late in the game to help Marquette pull away.
Butler fell to 12-9 on the season following its 75-61 loss to Creighton on Friday. Butler and Creighton split their two head-to-head games this season. Butler trailed by six at the half and never took the lead the entire second half, although the Bulldogs were within five points with less than three minutes to play. Kamar Baldwin led the Bulldogs with 23 points.
Markus Howard leads Marquette in scoring and assists with averages of 24.6 points and 4.3 assists per game. Sam Hauser is the second leading scorer and leading rebounder with averages of 15.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. The Golden Eagles are shooting 45.7% from the field and 38.3% from 3-point territory.
Kamar Baldwin leads Butler in scoring, rebounding and is second in assists with averages of 17.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. Three other Bulldogs are scoring in double figures. Aaron Thompson leads the Bulldogs in assists with an average of 4.1 per game. Butler is shooting 46.2% from the field and 37.4% from 3-point territory.
Marquette has not had much success covering the number against Butler. The Golden Eagles have failed to cover each of the last 5 played on Butler’s home court and 11 of the last 12 overall between the two rivals. Butler has covered the number in 4 of the last 5 versus an opponent with a .600 or higher winning percentage. Final Score Prediction,Butler Bulldogs win and cover ATS 76-72.