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West Virginia Mountaineers vs Marquette Eagles | Free Pick (January 1)

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Mountaineers vs Eagles Matchup

West Virginia 8-3 (3-5 ATS)  vs Marquette 9-4 (3-4 ATS)
Saturday January 1 – 11:00AM
West Virgina vs. Marquette Odds
Marquette: -1.5
WV: +1.5
Total: 144.5

Recent history: West Virginia won last year’s tight battle at home 63-62.

West Virginia is having trouble adjusting to the loss of star players from last year but this is still a pretty good team that should make the NCAA tournament.  

Losses to Minnesota and Miami weren’t horrible but coach Bob Huggins has to be upset about not defending their home court in their Big East opener against St. Johns (they lost by 10).  WVU is adjusting to getting more of their scoring from the backcourt with the loss of Da”Sean Butler and Devin Ebanks.  In the early going guard Casey Mitchell has been fantastic.  

Averaging 17ppg he has increased his scoring by 14 points from his freshman campaign but it might be too much to assume he can continue that pace in now that Big East play has begun.  WVU needs Deniz Kilicli to start performing up to his potential.  The Bull from Istanbul has talent but has looked lost so far this season.

Marquette enters the New Year off a close loss to Vanderbilt by a point on the road.  They may have 4 losses but the Golden Eagles have been in every game this season losing none of them by more than 5 points.  Plus the fact that all of those losses are to likely tournament teams Duke, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt and Gonzaga demonstrates that Marquette may be better than expected this season.  

In fact only Michigan State has gotten as close to the Blue Devils so far.  Marquette is a very perimeter oriented and very balanced team.  

They have five players averaging double figures led by guard Jimmy Butler who continues to improve.  Even though they are a jump shooting team they have been very efficient so far this season, ranking 7th in FG% in the nation (over 50%).  When their shots are falling they can hang with just about anyone (see Duke game).  

This is a good matchup between two teams in that middle tier of the Big East.

Betting Trends:

Mountaineers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a double-digit loss at home.
Mountaineers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Golden Eagles are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Golden Eagles are 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Golden Eagles are 15-7-1 ATS in their last 23 vs. Big East.

Free Mountaineers vs Eagles CBB Pick

This should be another close game between these two teams.  Marquette is the better shooting team and being at home on New Year’s Day is a nice advantage as well.  I am on the Golden Eagles.

Score prediction: Marquette 73 – West Virginia 68

(odds courtesy of BetUS – BET NOW Click Here!)


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