Betting Line: Villanova -3.5
Over/Under: 143.5 at 5Dimes
Marquette (24-3) will put its NCAA ranking and four-game winning streak on the line when it hits the road to face the defending National Champions, Villanova (21-6), which is coming off three losses in a row.
With four games left and a two-game lead over Villanova in the Big East standings, Marquette can win the conference regular season title with a win in this game.
Their four-game win streak began with a home win over Villanova and since scoring 66 points in that game they have averaged 82.3 ppg in their last three games. The Golden Eagles are a balanced team and every win from here on out will only improve their seed in the Big Dance.
Villanova has hit the skids as of late losing three in a row and four of their last five games. The Wildcats only put up 54 points in their last game and all of the games in their current three0-game skid have come on the road. With their loss, they fell out of the top 25.
This season Villanova is 11-2 at home and Marquette is 6-2 on the road.
This season Marquette is 18-9 ATS and they have an Over/Under record of 10-14-2 and Villanova is at 17-11 ATS with an Over/Under record of 8-17-2.
These teams met a few games back at Marquette where the Golden Eagles beat the Wildcats 66-6-5.
Villanova is 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games against Marquette.
In their last game Marquette was on the road beating Providence 76-58 in a solid all-around game. They jumped out to a 11-point half time lead and for the game they shot a solid 54.9% from the floor while holding the Friars to 38.6% shooting. Four starters and five players for the Golden Eagles went for double figures led by Sam Hauser, who also had 13 rebounds, and Sacir Amin, who each went for 18 points.
Markus Howard (25.3 ppg) leads three players for Marquette averaging over 10 ppg and after averaging 34 ppg in a torrid three-game stretch, which began by going for 38 points against Villanova, he only had 14 points on 2/12 shooting in the win over Providence. Hauser is the 2nd leading scorer (15.2 ppg 6.9 rpg) and leading rebounder and while he has played well as of late he only had four points and three rebounds in the win over Nova.
Villanova was on the road in their last game losing to Xavier 66-54 where they fell apart in the 2nd half being outscored by 15 points. They only shot 33.9% from the floor while they allowed the Musketeers to shoot 51.1%. Eric Paschall led the Wildcats with 17 points and Phil Booth had 14 points, but was only 6/18 from the floor.
Booth (18.4 ppg) and Paschall (17.3 ppg) are the two leading scorers on the season and Booth has been up and down as of late, but is only 5/25 from 3-pt range in his last three games. He went for 19 points in the recent loss to Marquette on 7/16 shooting missing six of his seven 3-pointers.
Marquette Golden Eagles betting trends
- 6-0 ATS in their last six road games
- 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games
- Under record of 7-3-1 in their last 11 games
Villanova Wildcats betting trends
- 22-8 ATS in their last 30 home games
- 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games after a loss
- Under record of 5-2 in their last seven games
Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Villanova Wildcats betting predictions
Not only has Marquette won four straight games, but they have covered the spread in their last six road games. That trend will not continue in this game.
All four of the recent losses for Villanova, including the one against Marquette, have been on the road and they will get back on track at home in this Big East matchup.
Villanova will play well on both sides of the ball and win and cover, keeping their slim hopes of a Big East title alive.
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