Butler vs Marquette NCAAB Prediction 2/28/23

Butler vs Marquette NCAAB Prediction 2/28/23

 

Odds

Time 6:30 p.m. EST
Golden Eagles money line -315
Golden Eagles spread -8 (-110)
Bulldogs money line +285
Bulldogs spread +8 (-110)
Over / under 142

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Marquette Golden Eagles Butler Bulldogs
Record 23-6 14-15
Road / home record 7-4 10-5
Streak W1 L3
Points per game 80.00 65.00
Points allowed per game 70.00 67.00
Rebounds per game 39.00 39.00
Rebounds allowed per game 37.00 37.00
Over / under record 16-13 8-20-1
 

Preview

The Butler Bulldogs will host the Marquette Golden Eagles at Hinkle Fieldhouse on February 28, 2023. This game is expected to be an exciting matchup between two teams that have had different levels of success this season. The Marquette Golden Eagles come into this game with a record of 23-6 overall and 15-3 in the Big East conference. They are currently ranked first in the conference standings, while the Butler Bulldogs have a record of 14-15 overall and 6-12 in the Big East conference, which puts them in ninth place. The Golden Eagles are favored to win this game by eight points, and here is a preview of both teams and a prediction of the game's outcome.

 

Marquette Golden Eagles

The Marquette Golden Eagles have been one of the top teams in the Big East conference this season, thanks to their strong offensive play. They have a record of 23-6 overall and 15-3 in the conference, which puts them in first place. The Golden Eagles are coming off four consecutive wins and will look to extend their winning streak against Butler.

Marquette's success this season can be attributed to their dominant offense, which has been one of the best in the country. The Golden Eagles are averaging 80.8 points per game, which is the 11th best mark in the country. They are shooting an impressive 49.3% from the field, which is the 10th best mark in the country. Marquette has been a dominant force on the offensive end, and they have been led by junior guard Tyler Kolek.

Kolek has been a standout player for Marquette this season, averaging 15.2 points per game and shooting an impressive 47% from the three-point range. He has also been a playmaker, averaging 7.8 assists per game, which is the 3rd best mark in the country. Kolek's ability to create opportunities for his teammates has been a significant factor in Marquette's success this season.

Marquette also has a strong inside presence with freshman forward Oluwasegun Ighodaro. He has been dominant on the boards, averaging 5.9 rebounds per game, and he has been a force on offense, averaging 11.6 points per game. Ighodaro's strong play in the paint has been a significant factor in Marquette's rebounding success. The Golden Eagles are averaging 31.7 rebounds per game, which is the 25th best mark in the country.

In addition to Kolek and Ighodaro, Marquette has several other players who have been significant contributors this season. Senior guard Symir Torrence is averaging 10.6 points per game, while senior forward Justin Lewis is averaging 9.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. The Golden Eagles have a deep roster, and they have been able to rely on several players to step up and contribute.

Butler Bulldogs

The Butler Bulldogs have had a challenging season, and they currently find themselves in ninth place in the Big East conference standings. They have a record of 14-15 overall and 6-12 in the conference. The Bulldogs have struggled to find consistency throughout the season, but they will look to pull off an upset against Marquette.

Butler has struggled on the offensive end this season, averaging just 65.6 points per game, which is the 272nd best mark in the country. They are also shooting just 43.9% from the field, which is the 218th best mark in the country. The Bulldogs' offense has been their biggest weakness this season, and they will need to improve if they hope to compete with Marquette.

Despite their struggles on offense, Butler has been a strong defensive team this season. They are allowing just 67.2 points per game, which is the 87th best mark in the country. They have been able to limit their opponents' scoring opportunities, and they have been able to rely on their defense to keep them in games.

Senior guard Jair Bolden has been the Bulldogs' top player this season, averaging 13.1 points per game and shooting an impressive 41.3% from the three-point range. Bolden has been the go-to scorer for Butler this season, and he will need to have a big game against Marquette. Senior center Michael Bates has also been a standout player for the Bulldogs, averaging 10.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Bates has been a strong presence in the paint, and his ability to rebound will be key in this matchup.

Butler's defense will be their strength in this game, as they will look to limit Marquette's scoring opportunities. The Bulldogs are holding opponents to just 43.6% shooting from the field, which is the 158th best mark in the country. They have been able to limit their opponents' scoring opportunities, and they will look to do the same against Marquette.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Marquette are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games.

Marquette are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games.

Marquette are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against Butler.

Marquette are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against Butler.

Marquette are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of Marquette's last 7 games when playing on the road against Butler.

Butler are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Butler's last 8 games.

Butler are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Butler's last 5 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Marquette Golden Eagles are the favorites to win this game by eight points, and they are expected to come out on top. Marquette has been one of the best offensive teams in the country this season, and they should be able to score efficiently against Butler's struggling defense. They also have a strong inside presence with Ighodaro, who should be able to control the boards against Butler's struggling rebounding. The Golden Eagles' guard play with Kolek should also create opportunities for their teammates.

On the other hand, Butler has struggled on offense this season, and they will have a tough time keeping up with Marquette's scoring. Butler's defense has been their strength this season, but their struggling rebounding could be their downfall in this matchup. Therefore, Marquette should cover the spread and win this game against Butler.

 

PICK: Marquette -8 (-110)

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