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Lay Points With Marquette vs Butler

The Big East is set up to be a beast for NCAAB predictions this season, and a matchup between Butler (10-5, 1-3) and No. 11 Marquette (11-4, 2-2) continues in that pattern. Butler has shown flashes of trending in the right direction while Marquette is one of the top-ranked teams in the conference.

Despite the signs of improvement, the Bulldogs lost their last game to UConn 88-81, which extended their losing streak to three. Butler kept it close against one of the top teams in the nation. The Golden Eagles also lost their last game, being upset by Seton Hall 78-75 and showing some cracks in conference play.

Lay Points With Marquette vs Butler
Lay Points With Marquette vs Butler

Butler vs Marquette Game Information

  • Game: Butler (10-5) vs Marquette (11-5)
  • Location: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
  • Day/Time: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 9:00 p.m. ET
  • Butler vs Marquette Live Stream: TBS.com

 

Butler had a chance to pull off an upset in its last game against UConn and will get another shot at toppling the Big East hierarchy again while facing Marquette. However, Butler was home against UConn, which could shift NCAAB picks today vs. Marquette on the road.

Butler vs Marquette Odds and Spreads

  • Golden Eagles are 8-0-1 ATS in their last 9 games as a home underdog of 0.5-6.5.
  • Golden Eagles are 8-0-1 ATS in their last 9 games as a home underdog.
  • Golden Eagles are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
  • Bulldogs are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
  • Bulldogs are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog of 7.0-12.5.
  • Bulldogs are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Over is 6-0 in Bulldogs last 6 games following a ATS loss.
  • Over is 4-0 in Bulldogs last 4 games following a straight up loss.

 

Against the Spread Pick: Marquette -12

Already in Big East play, Marquette has suffered two losses, which is one fewer than it had last season. It seems fair to recognize that the Golden Eagles have not lived up to many of the early college basketball predictions, but there is still time for the team to round into form.

Even though Butler has played better than most expected, Marquette can take advantage of the matchup. Butler has allowed the second-most points in the Big East (72.9) while Marquette is scoring the fifth highest (77.8).

This is the perfect game for Marquette’s star guard Tyler Kolek to play like last season’s Big East Player Of The Year. In the previous two games, a win over Creighton and a loss to Seton Hall, he has shot 31.6% from the floor. Facing Butler’s defense could help him have a big game.

Kolek is not the only Marquette player who could use a boost from facing Butler. Star guard Kameron Jones, struggling against Seton Hall, going 5 of 15 from the field for 13 points. Having those two guards playing right should help Marquette cover college basketball spreads.

Over/Under Pick: Over 154

It seems pretty easy to look at the game and see that it is going to be high-scoring, making it a decent option to hit the over in college basketball picks. The biggest reason is Marquette going up against Butler’s defense and has the talent of Kolek, Jones and Oso Ighodaro, who scored 22 against Seton Hall, to put up a lot of points.

However, the Bulldogs also have one of the best offenses in the Big East, increasing the chances of this game hitting the over. They are averaging the second-most points per game in the conference at 82.1. Butler’s offense was a big reason it pushed UConn to the limit in the last game.


Three players on the Butler roster all average over 14 points per game: Pierre Brooks, Jahmyl Telfort and DJ Davis. Brooks is leading the team in points per game with 16.5 and put up 19 in the loss to UConn. However, Davis had the biggest game of the three, scoring 22 points, while Telfort added 16.

Team Prop Pick: Marquette Over 82.5 Points (-115)

After a less-than-ideal offensive performance against Seton Hall, Marquette will be ready to bounce back against a team that is allowing the second-most points in the Big East. Facing Butler should help Kolek get on track after two rough games, with the Golden Eagles already having Jones and Ighodaro playing well enough. This needs to be a game Marquette gets right, which starts with the offense, and it should be helped out by being at home.

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Butler vs Marquette Score Prediction

Marquette 85, Butler 72

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Which has better opportunities to win the 1st half?


Being the home team, Marquette should get a first-half lead, but Butler will use its offense to keep things close early.

Which Butler prop bet offers the best betting value based on odds?


One of the three guards between Pierre Brooks, Jahmyl Telfort and DJ Davis should have a big game, and it is just a matter of picking the right one.

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