The #10 Marquette Golden Eagles hit “Nap Town” looking for their 8th consecutive win. This Marquette team comes loaded with talent and they are not your fathers Golden Eagles. These guys have broken out of their shell and are playing the basketball of their lives. With just three losses on the season that came by way of Indiana, Kansas and St. Johns, they hold up the second-best record in the “Big East”. There is still a lot of basketball to be played and great teams go on the road and find ways to win. Butler is never an easy win. What happens tonight?
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Game: Marquette Golden Eagles (18-3, 14-7-0 ATS) at Butler Bulldogs (12-9, 9-12-0 ATS)
When: 6:30 PM ET, Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
Where: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Current Line: Butler -3 Total: 147
TV Coverage: FS1
The Golden Eagles have beaten Xavier on the road, 87-82, Vs. DePaul 79-69, Vs. Providence 79-68, on the road against Georgetown 74-71, and back home on the 12th with a 70-66 win over Seton Hall. The team is averaging 79.7 points per game and allowing 69.5 for a very nice 10-point differential. They are shooting 45.7% from the field along with 38.7 rebounds and 14.3 assists per game.
Junior guard, Markus Howard is averaging 24.6 points per game along with 4 rebounds and 4.3 assists. He is a star and what’s even better, he has help with the 15.4 points per game from junior forward, Sam Hauser. Hauser is grabbing 7 rebounds per game. This is a 40-point duo that brings it nightly and the current seven-game winning streak is proof.
The Butler Bulldogs have a history of screwing things up for very good basketball teams. That’s not to say this is what will happen tonight, however, this one will most likely go to the wire and come down to the last possession. It will be close. Count on a great performance from both teams.
Butler is scoring 73.6 points per game and allowing 68.2. The team is shooting 45.9 % from the field, grabbing 32.7 rebounds, along with 14 assists per game. The numbers are close, very close and this will be a fun one. They will push each other, look for a high scoring affair.
NCAAM Free Pick: Marquette at Butler Over 147
Free pick by Brad