The 23rd-ranked Butler Bulldogs will try to sweep the season series against the struggling 9.5-point underdog Marquette Golden Eagles in Indianapolis at 8:00 PM ET.
Butler’s scoring production has dropped since losing sophomore forward Andrew Chrabascz to injury. The Bulldogs have lost two of three since, failing to crack 60 in the last two without Chrabascz, who is third on the team with 11.1 points per game. He will be out at least another week after undergoing surgery on a broken bone in his right hand.
Marquette has lost seven of eight true road games on the season, and is 1-9 overall since Jan. 17. The Golden Eagles suffered an 87-76 home loss to sixth-ranked Villanova on Saturday, their 12th straight defeat to a Top 25 team
A Closer Look At The Marquette V Butler Odds & My Against Spread Betting Pick
Matchup: Marquette Golden Eagles at (23) Butler Bulldogs
Date: Feb. 25, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Stadium: Hinkle Fieldhouse
TV Info: Fox Sports 1
Stream: FOX Sports Go
Radio: Marquette Vs Butler
Point Spread: Butler Bulldogs -9.5
Marquette Will Cover the 9.5-point Spread If
The Golden Eagles can play with the same fire that they played with in the first matchup.
There was really no reason to expect the Marquette Golden Eagles to lose in overtime to Butler in the last matchup. In fact, based on stats, Butler probably should have won the game by at least 8 points. As a team, Butler was better than Marquette in almost every statistical category.
Yet, the down trodden Golden Eagles managed to force overtime and lost 68 to 72 too Butler. As well as Marquette played, unfortunately, they didn’t reward their backers since over time allowed the Bulldogs to cover the spread by +1.5 points as a -2.5 road favorite. Marquette will be a much bigger dog than -2.5 points in this matchup. If the Golden Eagles can play with the same fire and intensity on the road as what they played with versus Butler at home, they could keep it close enough to cover the spread.
— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) February 23, 2015
Butler Will Cover the 9.5-point Spread If
Butler shoots at a higher percentage from the field and from behind the arc than they did in the last game.
Butler usually averages 70.5 points off of 44% shooting from the field each game. They also shoot 35% from behind the three-point line. The Bulldogs weren’t close to those percentage averages versus Marquette in the first game. In the first matchup, the Bulldogs shot only 37.3% from the field when hitting 25 of 67 shots. Butler took 15 three-point shots and were good on only 5 of them.
If Butler wishes to cover the spread in this matchup, they’re going to have to shoot the ball much better. They will need to at least get to their averages. One of the ways to make sure that they do that is for Roosevelt Jones and Kameron Woods to step it up. Woods was 1 out of 6 versus Marquette. He did grab 18 boards, though. Jones was good on only 1 shot out of 12 versus the Golden Eagles. He’s going to have to be much better than for Butler to cover the spread because Andrew Chrabascz won’t play.