PreviewMatchupProps
Butler Bulldogs
18-5 12-9-2 ATS
+3
42%
-3
58%
Marquette Golden Eagles
16-6 14-8 ATS
Sun, Feb 9 - 12:00p ET   |   FS1   |   Fiserv Forum
By Landon Smith

Butler Bulldogs vs Marquette Golden Eagles Basketball Las Vegas Betting Odds, NCAA Predictions

Butler's balanced scoring and tenacious defense have made it less important for Kamar Baldwin to carry the offense in 2019-20, but the Big East has been reminded twice in recent weeks that he can flip the switch at a moment's notice.

 

Betting Odds & Stats
Butler BulldogsLines Marquette Golden Eagles
+116Opening Odds-150
+3 (-110)Spread-3 (-110)
Over 140.5 (-110)TotalUnder 140.5 (-110)
18-5 (12-9-2 ATS)Stats/Additional16-6 (14-8 ATS)
Betting Tips: Odd/Even Total Points: Even-115

 

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Reason for Butler Bulldogs vs Marquette Golden Eagles NCAA College Basketball Tips

Markus Howard again demonstrated that it is difficult to keep a good man down.

Marquette's top goalie, who left his team's overtime victory at Xavier on January 29 with a bloody nose, returned on February 1 and scored 31 points to come back, 76-72 victory over DePaul.

With eight days to regroup and heal completely, Howard and the Golden Eagles win their sixth victory in seven games on Sunday, while Marquette welcomes Butler # 19 to the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee for a clash at the Big East Conference.

With 16-6 in general and 6-4 at the conference, Marquette heads for blocking territory regarding the NCAA tournament. The presence of Howard, who leads the nation with 27.9 points per game, makes the Golden Eagles a threat in any game.

Even with less than 100%, Howard is able to lead his team to a win, as he demonstrated by helping Marquette recover from a 40-34 halftime deficit against the Blue Demons.

"I think we have guys who fight until the end," he said. "They scored at will in the first period, and we had to do certain things in the second period to overcome."

For Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski, winning last place in Big East was further proof of the difficulty of winning matches. Liberal use of a zone defense in the second half was necessary to stop DePaul.

"Winning in this league is difficult," he said. "DePaul in another league is an obvious NCAA team. We don't play much ground, but today has been effective for us."

While Marquette took advantage of the rest time with a goodbye in the middle of the week, Butler (18-5, 6-4) won a 79-76 victory Wednesday night over the n ° 10 Villanova with one of the best shots of the season Goalkeeper Kamar Baldwin threw 3 points behind Collin Gillespie at the end of time, placing the Bulldogs tied for third in the conference.

"It gave me space, so I took it," said Baldwin. "When I drove it, it backed off, so I took a step back. It's great, not for me personally, but all the energy and hard work we put in there. Celebrating later is great. "

A shot that Fox TV analyst Bill Raftery called a "double onion order" crowned a 17-point, eight-rebound performance for Baldwin. The Bulldogs retained 57.7% of their placement attempts and only committed six turnovers to fine-tune an already strong CV.

Butler also welcomed point guard Aaron Thompson (left wrist) for a five-game absence, which contributes to his offensive performance and improves his perimeter defense. Thompson scored nine points in 25 minutes against Villanova.

The Wildcats' total points brought Butler's average opponent score to 60.6, the first time he has exceeded 60 this season. The Bulldogs still ranked ninth in the country to score defense in Thursday's games, and their field opponents' 38.2% rate 16th in the country.

 

The Pick: Butler Bulldogs to Win @ +3 / BET HERE

 

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