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The Morning Line: No. 19 Butler vs. Marquette, Wichita St. vs. No. 25 Houston

Butler heads to Milwaukee for a tough one with Marquette, and Wichita State looks to reverse their slide against Houston.

Butler Bulldogs guard Kamar Baldwin (3) celebrates after defeating the Villanova Wildcats 79-76 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

There’s not a ton of college basketball games on tap this Sunday, but for teams attempting to stay on the right side of the bubble, it’s a very big day.

The Wichita State Shockers seemed pretty safe, but have dropped two in a row (at Tulsa, vs. Cincinnati), two shots at a quality win they really could have used to solidify their case as an NCAA Tournament team. They’re safely in the tournament right now, but if they can’t pick up another scalp or two against teams in the Q1 range, that might change. It’s a big test for Erik Stephenson and Gregg Marshall today vs. the Houston Cougars at home, and though they’re certainly not out of it with a loss, the opportunities for key wins are much fewer.

Meanwhile farther north in the Central Time Zone, the Marquette Golden Eagles probably have less to worry about than the Shockers. They’re 16-6 with Q1 wins over Villanova, Purdue, and Xavier, and Markus Howard is one of the most underrated players in the country. But the schedule is about to get tougher, and it starts with the Butler Bulldogs in Fiserv Forum today. BU is coming in pretty hot, with a dramatic buzzer beater over Villanova by Kamar Baldwin keeping them in the Top 25 no matter the result today.

You can check out all of today’s lines at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Morning Line Feb 9

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3 Butler Marquette 12:00
-1 Cincinnati UConn 12:00
1.5 Ohio State Wisconisn 1:00
18 Samford UNC Greensboro 1:00
2 Tulsa UCF 2:00
2.5 Iona Fairfield 2:00
-5 Penn Cornell 2:00
12 Evansville Bradley 2:00
1.5 Manhattan Quinnipiac 2:00
1.5 George Mason UMass 2:30
5 Wichita State Houston 3:00
8.5 Valparaiso Loyola-Chicago 4:00
-0.5 Notre Dame Clemson 6:00
-3 Washington Washington State 6:00

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