Butler at Marquette Odds, Expert Pick & TV Info

Posted by Michael Hunt on Monday,February 6, 2017 10:55, EDT in

Butler was ranked 16 th in last week’s AP Top 25 but might be out of the polls later Monday as the Bulldogs enter Tuesday’s Big East matchup at Marquette having lost back-to- back games. Marquette could use a quality win like this to boost its NCAA Tournament resume and likely will be a slight NCAA basketball betting favorite.

Butler at Marquette Odds, Expert Pick & TV Info

When: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 9 PM ET
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee
TV: CBS Sports Network
Stream: CBSSports.com
Radio: Butler / Marquette
Opening NCAA Basketball Lines: TBA

Why Bet On Butler?

The Bulldogs have been off since a 76-67 loss to No. 22 Creighton on Tuesday. The Bluejays used a run in each half to create space. With Butler leading 24-17 with 9:20 remaining in the first half, Creighton went on a 12-0 run over the next four minutes to take a 29-24 lead and an eventual 37-33 halftime edge.

In the opening minutes of the second half, Butler re-took the lead 38-37. That would prove to be the Bulldogs' last lead of the contest. Creighton went on a 17-4 run over the next 3:30 to take a 54-42 lead. At that point in the game, Creighton was 11-of- 17 from behind the arc.

Kamar Baldwin led the Bulldogs with 14 points. Kelan Martin added 11 points and eight rebounds. Butler shot 41 percent from the field, and just 26 percent (7-of- 27) from behind the arc. The Bulldogs had a 35-27 advantage on the boards. Each team had 13 turnovers.

On the season, the Bulldogs are averaging only 9.9 turnovers per game. That mark is third nationally. Butler had a season-low four turnovers – including none in the second half – against Marquette Jan. 16. The Bulldogs have posted 10 or fewer miscues in 12 games this season, including only six in the overtime game at DePaul Jan. 21. Butler’s turnover margin of +4.0 leads the Big East and is 10th nationally. Butler is 10-2 this season when committing 10 or fewer turnovers. Butler and Houston share the longest current streak of games committing 15 or fewer turnovers. That streak is currently at 38. For Butler, that dates back to a win over St. John’s Jan. 16, 2016.

Martin is a finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. Martin's 16.3 points per game lead the 18-5 Bulldogs. His 5.7 rebounds is also the team-high.

Why Bet On Marquette?

The Golden Eagles (15-8) are off a 92-79 win over DePaul on Saturday. Marquette’s bench did plenty damage in the game, accounting for 41 of their points. This impact was immediately evident, as head coach Steve Wojciechowski lifted four of his starters for his bench guys at the 14:16 mark of the first half with MU trailing 14-7. Backed by a four pack of three-pointers, that crew (plus Haanif Cheatham) went on an 18-0 run to jump out to an 11-point lead. Two of the triples came from Andrew Rowsey, who finished the game with a game high 22 points on just eight shots.

The Golden Eagles hit a season-best 14 3-pointers in the victory and were led by redshirt junior guard Andrew Rowsey, who notched a game-high 22 points on just eight shots from the floor. It is Rowsey’s seventh 20-point performance on the year and the third time this season that he has hit at least five triples. Senior center Luke Fischer held down Marquette’s backline with a near triple-double of 13 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks.

Since Jan. 14, Rowsey is contributing a team-best 16.3 points per game while shooting an extremely efficient 60.0 percent from the field overall and 20-of- 34 from behind the 3-point line. The league’s top free throw shooter is 90.0 percent from the charity stripe during that time and has scored 20-or- more points four times (leads team with seven on the year).

Marquette lost at Butler 88-80 on Jan. 16. The Golden Eagles should have won that one, leading by as many as 18 early in the second half. The Bulldogs outscored Marquette 63-39 in the second half, shooting an astounding 70 percent without a single turnover.

Butler at Marquette Expert Pick: Marquette Golden Eagles

Lean Marquette at home on the NCAA betting line.