Marquette Golden Eagles vs Butler Bulldogs Prediction, 2/17/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Marquette Golden Eagles vs Butler Bulldogs
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Marquette (+1.5)
The Butler Bulldogs (7-11) host the Marquette Golden Eagles (9-12) at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Wednesday. The odds on this contest have Butler as 1.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 129.5.
Marquette comes into this game with a record of 9-12 this season. They have an average of 70.1 points per outing (219th in the country) while shooting 44.4% from the floor. The Golden Eagles are connecting on 33.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (146 of 436) and 72.3% from the charity stripe. As a team, Marquette is pulling down 36.5 rebounds per contest and has 270 dimes on the campaign, which is 101st in D-1 in terms of passing. They turn it over 14.2 times per contest and as a unit are committing 17.6 fouls every game. On the defensive end, the Golden Eagles are able to force 10.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.4 personal fouls. The Golden Eagles defense is giving up a FG percentage of 41.4% (513 of 1,240) and they surrender 33.4 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are ranked 311th in college basketball in allowing assists with 294 surrendered on the year. They surrender 36.5% on shots from distance and they are ranked 189th in college hoops in opponents points per game (70.5).
The Marquette Golden Eagles stepped onto the hardwood against the Seton Hall Pirates and went home with a loss by a final score of 57-51 in their last game. Marquette ended with a 30.0% FG percentage (18 of 60) and buried 3 of their 25 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Golden Eagles made 12 of their 15 tries for a rate of 80.0%. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they collected 37 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 3 assists in this contest while getting 3 steals and 2 rejections. In reference to the defense, Marquette allowed the other team to go 30.0% from the floor on 18 of 60 shooting. Seton Hall dished out 11 dimes and had 4 steals in this matchup. Furthurmore, the Pirates snagged 38 rebounds (6 offensive, 32 defensive) and earned 2 blocked shots. Seton Hall shot 76.5% when shooting free throws by knocking down 13 of 17 attempts. They converted 4 of their 15 shots from distance.
D.J. Carton is a player who was a major contributor for the matchup. He finished with 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting. He played 34 minutes played and also collected 3 boards. Carton walked away from this one shooting 60.0% from the floor and also distributed 2 assists. An additional guy that was a contributor in this game for the Golden Eagles was Theo John. He snagged 7 rebounds and also tallied 2 dimes. He ended up shooting 37.5% from the field in this contest via 3-of-8 (14 points). When the final whistle blew, John was on the hardwood for 33 min.
Butler has a win-loss record of 7-11 on the season. Butler has accounted for 1,147 pts on the season (63.7 per contest) and they average 31.9 rebounds per game. The Bulldogs commit 16.9 fouls every game and they shoot 62.4% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offense, the Bulldogs are hitting on 41.5% from the floor, which ranks them 300th in the nation. They are assisting teammates 12.7 times per contest (225th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 11.4 times per game. The Bulldogs on defense are ranked 105th in college hoops in PPG given up with 67.7. The Butler defense gives up 37.1% on 3-point shots (130 of 350) and their opponents are converting on 69.3% of their free throw shots. They give up 13.9 assists and 33.1 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 241st and 92nd in college hoops. They are forcing 12.9 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.5% from the floor (300th in D-1).
In their last game, the Butler Bulldogs took a defeat with a final score of 78-63 when they played the Georgetown Hoyas. The Bulldogs snagged 12 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards totaling 17 in this game. They also stuffed 2 tries while recording 12 steals for the matchup. The Hoyas were called for 15 fouls for the game which took the Bulldogs to the free throw line for 9 tries. They were able to knock down 8 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 88.9%. In reference to shots from 3-point land, Butler converted 9 of 24 tries (37.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Bulldogs went 23 out of 59 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 39.0%. The Bulldogs allowed the Hoyas to convert 24 out of their 46 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 52.2% in the matchup. They shot 50.0% from distance via 11 of 22 and ended up going 19 of 22 at the free throw line (86.4%). Regarding how they attacked the glass, Butler allowed Georgetown to collect 38 overall (9 on the offensive glass).
Bo Hodges was important for the Bulldogs for the matchup. He converted 5 out of 12 in this game giving him a rate of 41.7%, which had him sitting at 12 points. Hodges snagged 5 rebounds in his 34 mins and totaled 2 assists for the matchup. Another guy who came through for Butler was Bryce Golden. He ended up with 12 points in his 26 minutes played via 5 of 8 from the floor in the matchup. Golden ended the game having shot 62.5% from the field as well as contributing 2 assists and 3 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Marquette (+1.5)
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