Golden Eagles vs. Bulldogs Prediction
The 13th-ranked Butler Bulldogs have lost three games in a row heading into tonight's home tilt with the Marquette Golden Eagles. Can Butler snap a skid with a victory?
Friday, January 24, 2020
Hinkle Fieldhouse at 9PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Bulldogs are a 6-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 134 points. As of Friday morning, 58 percent of public bets are being placed on host Butler. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Golden Eagles win third straight
Marquette earned an 82-68 home win Tuesday night over St. John's to improve to 14-5 overall and 4-3 in the Big East Conference. Markus Howard led the Golden Eagles with 32 points on 8-of-20 shooting including 4-of-12 from 3-point distance plus 12-of-13 at the free throw line. He also notched six rebounds and four assists. Sacar Anim contributed 21 points, four boards and two assists. Koby McEwen tallied 10 points, nine caroms and three assists. Marquette outscored the Red Storm 45-37 in the second half to pull away.
Bulldogs struggle at Wildcats
Butler lost by a score of 76-61 Tuesday night at Villanova to drop to 15-4 overall and 3-3 in conference action. The BUlldogs trailed 36-26 at halftime and were unable to recover. Kamar Baldwin led Butler with 21 points on 9-of-21 shooting including 1-of-4 from 3-point distance plus 2-of-2 at the charity stripe. He also registered two rebounds and two steals. Bryce Nze tallied 11 points, 12 boards, five assists and two blocked shots. Bryce Golden added 11 points, two caroms and two steals.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Golden Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last five Friday games. Marquette is 2-5 ATS in its last seven road games.
The Bulldogs are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss. Butler is 1-4 ATS in its last five games following a straight up loss.
The Bulldogs have not been particularly competitive in their last three games, but I'm still looking at the season as a whole and this is still a very good Butler squad. It's been their defense that has taken a significant step back during the rough stretch and I'd expect Butler to be focused on that end as it tries to slow down one of the nation's premier scorers in Howard. I'm going with the hosts to secure an impressive win today to avenge being swept by the Golden Eagles last season.
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