The Butler Bulldogs take on conference opponent Marquette in a MLK day Big East battle. The game is at noon ET and will be on FS1.
Both teams are coming off of conference wins from Saturday, so it will be a quick turnaround on both sides.
Butler defeated #15 Xavier at Hinkle Fieldhouse and Marquette demolished Depaul at home as well. Great shooting has been the story for the Golden Eagles so far this season.
Marquette excels from behind the three point line, shooting 41% and averaging over 10 made threes per game on the season. Butler will have to chase them off of the perimeter if they want to come away with the win.
Five Golden Eagle players average over 10 points per game. Leading the pack is Senior guard Jajuan Johnson with around 13 per game. He is not a great shooter from deep but on the season shoots nearly 50% from the field.
Freshman guard Markus Howard averages a bit more than 12 points per game and is the team’s best shooter (55% from three and 94% from the freethrow line!).
Senior center Luke Fischer has been a staple of Marquette’s team for the last few years. He is a 6’11”, 250 pounder and also averages 12 a game, but brings in six boards and a block as well.
After playing three top 15 opponents in their last four games, Butler simply cannot relax. They can come away with the win, as long as they keep their focus and play like they have against tougher opponents.
Players to Watch-
Kamar Baldwin scored 21 points in the second half alone against Xavier on Saturday. He was also instrumental in Butler’s defense when it came to stopping Xavier’s talented guards. Look for the Freshman to shine yet again.
Kethan Savage has been playing an instrumental role in the Bulldogs’ offense as of late. Coming off the bench, he has consistently scored around ten points per game and gets a fair amount of assists as Tyler Lewis’ backup. Look for the veteran point to make an impact on the game offensively.
Freshman guard Markus Howard is one of the Golden Eagles’ most efficient scorers and definitively their best shooter. Butler has struggled to contain scoring guards in the past, look for Howard to try to continue that trend.
Andrew Rowsey is a Junior transfer student who stands at 5’10”- Marquette’s shortest player. However, he averages nearly 10 points per game and in their last game scored 24 points on 6-7 from deep. He also had four assists. Look for the deadeye to add to his recent scoring outburst against the Dawgs.
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