Butler Bulldogs vs Marquette Golden Eagles Prediction, 2/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Butler Bulldogs vs Marquette Golden Eagles
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
Odds/Point Spread: Butler (+5)
The Butler Bulldogs (5-9) travel to Fiserv Forum on Tuesday where they'll meet the Marquette Golden Eagles (8-9). Marquette opens this contest as 5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 130.
Butler will enter this game with a win-loss record of 5-9 so far this year. They are turning it over 11.1 times per game and as a unit they are committing 16.4 personal fouls every game. As a team, Butler is pulling down 32.9 boards per game and is sitting with 167 assists for the campaign, which ranks 247th in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Bulldogs are connecting on 33.3% on shots from distance (98 of 294) and 61.4% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 62.4 points per game (333rd in D-1) on 41.3% from the floor. Defensively, the Bulldogs are forcing their opponents into 11.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.6 personal fouls. They rank 199th in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 194 relinquished so far this year. The Bulldogs are allowing a field goal percentage of 46.1% (346 of 750) and they concede 32.8 boards per contest as a team. They are conceding 37.2% on three-point shots while they are 95th in college basketball in points per game allowed (67.1).
The Butler Bulldogs took the court against the Xavier Musketeers and took a loss by a score of 68-55 in their last contest. Butler ended the contest with a 34.3% field goal percentage (23 out of 67) and converted 5 of their 25 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Bulldogs knocked down 4 of 7 attempts for a rate of 57.1%. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 31 with 12 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 8 assists for the matchup while getting 5 steals and 2 blocks. When it comes to defense, Butler allowed their opponent to shoot 34.3% from the floor on 23 out of 67 shooting. Xavier recorded 12 assists and had 2 steals in the game. On top of that, the Musketeers grabbed 34 rebounds (5 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Xavier finished the contest at 50.0% from the free throw line by knocking down 6 of their 12 shots. They converted 10 of 20 tries from long range.
Bryce Nze is a player who played a role for this game. He accumulated 16 points on 7 out of 10 shooting. He was on the court for 35 mins and snagged 11 rebounds. Nze went 70.0% from the field and also dished out 2 dimes. One more player that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Bulldogs was Aaron Thompson. He grabbed 3 boards and also collected 2 assists. He ended up going 38.5% from the field in this contest by going 5-of-13 (10 points). When this game wrapped up, Thompson played for 34 min.
Marquette has a win-loss mark of 8-9 for the campaign. As an offense, the Golden Eagles are shooting 44.5% from the floor, which is ranked 166th in college basketball. Marquette has totaled 1,220 pts so far this year (71.8 per contest) and they average 37.9 rebounds per contest. They are getting an assist 13.6 times per game (155th in the country) and they turn it over 13.9 times per game. The Golden Eagles are responsible for committing 17.8 fouls per game while shooting 72.9% from the charity stripe. The Golden Eagles on defense are ranked 176th in D-1 in PPG surrendered with 69.9. They are forcing their opponents into 10.7 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.1% from the field (43rd in college hoops). The Marquette defense concedes 35.2% on 3-point shots (138 of 392) and their opponents are knocking down 73.7% of their foul shots. They surrender 13.4 dimes and 33.9 total boards per game, which ranks 206th and 117th in Division 1.
In their last game, the Marquette Golden Eagles took a loss by a final score of 75-73 when they played the St. John's Red Storm. The Golden Eagles corralled 21 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 32 for the contest. They blocked 3 shots while recording 8 steals for this game. The Red Storm had 18 fouls for this contest which got the Golden Eagles to the charity stripe for 24 tries. They were able to convert 20 of the free throw tries for a rate of 83.3%. In the matter of three-point attempts, Marquette buried 5 out of 17 tries (29.4%). Overall, the Golden Eagles finished 24 for 57 from the floor which had them shooting 42.1%. The Golden Eagles permitted the Red Storm to convert 28 of their 63 tries from the floor which had them shooting 44.4% for the game. They went 47.4% from downtown via 9 of 19 and finished the game at 10 of 10 at the free throw line (100.0%). When discussing how they cleaned up the glass, Marquette allowed St. John's to pull down 30 overall (12 offensive).
Dawson Garcia ended up being a factor for the Golden Eagles in the game. He made 6 of 13 in this matchup for a rate of 46.2%, which had him sitting at 20 points. Garcia totaled 9 rebounds in his 39 minutes and had 2 assists for the contest. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Marquette was Theo John. He totaled 16 points in 37 minutes on the court by going 5 out of 11 shooting in the matchup. John finished going 45.5% from the field in addition to contributing 2 assists and 8 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Marquette (-5)
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