GAME NOTES: The Marquette Golden Eagles play host to the Butler Bulldogs in a Big East Conference battle at the Bradley Center on Tuesday night.
Butler is getting back to action after earning a 64-57 victory at Seton Hall last Wednesday. The Bulldogs had lost back-to-back games before that win, which improved them to 12-9 overall, although it was just their second triumph in nine league tests. They will visit Georgetown next.
Marquette has had a bit more success in league play this season (4-5). However, the Golden Eagles have lost two of their last three games and are currently 12-10 overall. They will take a trip to the East Coast to take on Seton Hall next.
The Bulldogs' only other conference victory this season came against Marquette, when they collected a 69-57 overtime win at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Jan. 18. The Golden Eagles still lead the all-time series, 15-13.
Khyle Marshall scored 13 points to lead four players in double figures in Butler's recent win over Seton Hall. The ability to get to the free-throw line really pushed the Bulldogs to victory, as they had an 11-4 scoring edge at the charity stripe.
Marshall (15.6 ppg, 5 rpg) is one of only two players averaging in double figures for the Bulldogs this season. Kellen Dunham (17.6 ppg) is the other, although he is connecting on only 39.3 percent of his total shots. Dunham had a rough shooting night against Seton Hall, knocking down 3-of-10 shots from the field to tally nine points. A lack of scoring depth has clearly hurt the Bulldogs offensive effort, as they are netting just 71.7 ppg and connecting on 43.9 percent from the floor, ranking eighth in the league in each category.
Marquette only managed to connected on 34.8 percent of its field goal attempts against St. John's last time out, which led to a 74-59 loss. The Golden Eagles also had twice as many turnovers (16) as assists (eight). Derrick Wilson scored 14 points for MU in the losing effort.
The Golden Eagles are also scoring far below the league average. They net just 70.5 ppg and are shooting at a 44 percent clip from the field. Marquette does do a solid job defensively, keeping foes to 65.2 ppg and less than 40 percent shooting. Davante Gardner (14.7 ppg, 6 rpg) has been plugged into the starting lineup a few times this season, but has been the team's top scorer primarily off the bench, a year removed from winning the Sixth Man of the Year award in the Big East. Jamil Wilson (11.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg) is the leading scorer among the regular starters, and the only other player averaging in double figures.
When these teams last met the Bulldogs needed an extra session to defeat the Golden Eagles at home. Expect Marquette to earn revenge now that it is in Milwaukee where it has a strong track record this season (9-2).
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