The college basketball season continues to roll right along on Tuesday night and there is a huge battle in the Big East set to take place. It will be the Marquette Golden Eagles visiting the Butler Bulldogs and both of these teams are trying to stay in the conference title race.
Marquette is coming into this game with an overall record of 18-5, and they have also rattled off seven straight wins. The Golden Eagles are sitting in second place in the Big East, but they are also ranked number four in the country.
Butler has won four of their last five games, and that has allowed them to climb up the standings in the last few weeks. The Bulldogs are now sitting at 16-8 on the year, but they need to continue to improve this resume.
Marquette is a three-point betting favorite on the road in this game, and the over/under betting line is set at 154.5 total points.
Kolek Carrying Golden Eagles
The Marquette Golden Eagles have a number of talented players on this roster, but it has been Tyler Kolek that is powering this recent run. Kolek is now scoring 15.6 points per game, and he is also dishing out 7.5 assists per night.
Marquette is a team that is scoring 78.8 points per game, and they do have the ability to light up the scoreboard on a given night. The real strength of this team is on defense though as they are allowing just 68 points per game.
The Golden Eagles want to apply pressure on the defensive end, and that creates some chaos for opposing teams. This strategy has been working for Marquette, and that’s going to be the strategy in this one.
Butler Wants to Score
The Butler Bulldogs are a team that wants to play extremely fast, and that has become the norm in college basketball in recent years. Butler is scoring over 80 points per game, and a majority of their scoring comes from the perimeter.
Pierre Brooks is leading the way with 15.8 points per game this season, but there are other players on this team that can make shots. Butler will need a great shooting day to keep pace in this game, but they must also find a way to get some stops.
The Bulldogs are allowing over 73 points per game, and that has been an issue in some of their recent games.
Marquette Beats Up on Butler
The Butler Bulldogs are a good enough offensive team to keep this game competitive, but at some point they have to score some points as well. Butler is coming into this game with some momentum, but they have also had some bad performances.
Marquette is not rounding into form, and they are starting to look like one of the best teams in the country again. The Golden Eagles are an explosive offensive team, and they have also been playing some great defense along the way.
Bet on the Marquette Golden Eagles -3.0 and also take the over 154.5 total points as this is going to be a high-scoring affair.