Butler vs. Marquette Odds

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LEXINGTON, KY (TheSpread) – Marquette hopes to fend off tournament-tested Butler on Saturday at 7:45PM ET, when the two meet in the NCAA Tournament.

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This game will be played from Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky and is part of the East Region with Marquette as the third seed and Butler the sixth seed (View Matchup). According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Marquette is the slight favorite in this game, as the Eagles have odds of -2.5 points against the Bulldogs. The over/under total for the game has been set at 125 points. Opening odds also had Marquette favored by 2.5 points. The spread hit a peak of 3 and a low of 1.5 before closing at the Eagles -2.5. These two met on Nov. 19 with Butler winning, 72-71.

Marquette advanced by surviving a huge scare from 14th-seeded Davidson on Thursday. The Eagles scored the game-winning basket with 1 second to play to get the win. Marquette shot just 34.5 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from 3-point land in the victory, but Vander Blue made the big plays late, scoring 16 points, including the game-winning field goal. Marquette is 24-8 on the season now, 3-2 on a neutral floor and 13-15 against the spread.

Butler picked up its tournament win by beating Bucknell, 68-56. The Bulldogs found themselves behind in the second half, but had a strong finish to the game to pull away. The key for Butler was being able to get to the free-throw line, as it was 25 of 28 from the charity stripe, while Bucknell attempted just 8 free throws. Andrew Smith led Butler by scoring 14 points and pulling down 16 rebounds. Butler is 27-8 on the season, 6-2 on a neutral floor and 19-13-1 against the spread.

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2013 March Madness Third Round Odds – Butler vs. Marquette

515 Butler +2.5 Over 125

516 Marquette -2.5 Under 125

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