Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Golden Eagles vs. Musketeers CBB Odds
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2019-2020 NCAA Basketball
(14-6) Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Xavier Musketeers (13-7)
Date: Wednesday January 29
Time: 8:30 PM ET
Venue: Cintas Center, Cincinatti, OH
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Marquette +2 | Xavier -2
CBB Betting Total: 145
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Other than WVU-TTU, this is bar-none the best game of Wednesday evening.
In fact, i’m willing to go a step further and say that this game will be much more enjoyable to watch than the aforementioned WVU-TTU game. Big East basketball rules. Tune in and let’s cap some god-damned games.
Marquette Golden Eagles
Webster Dictionary definition of Marquette: A high-powered, fast-paced, Markus-driven offense that scores almost 80 points a game on 40% shooting from deep.
That might have been more of an Urban Dictionary definition, but it rings true nonetheless. The Golden Eagles are top-20 in KenPom adjusted offense, top-35 in points scored per game, and top-40 in KenPom adjusted tempo. They play at a high pace and score the ball a lot.
A big part of the Golden Eagle offense is that they shoot 44% of their shots from deep, and hit them at a 39.8% clip. That latter stat is good for sixth in the nation, while the former stat places them top-50.
As i’ve written before about Marquette, their whole system rests on Markus Howard’s shoulders. The 5-11 Senior guard is averaging 28.3 points per game, while shooting 41.5% from the field and 40.6% from deep. Moreover, he’s getting to the line almost 9 times a game, hitting FTs at a 85.3% clip.
He scores a lot, but he’s also tacking on three assists and three boards per game. Plus, he’s adding a steal/game. KenPom has Marquette at 28th in overall adjusted efficiency, and has Howard at third in the running for Player of the Year.
Xavier is in trouble.
The Musketeers began conference play at 11-2. Since conference play started, they’re 2-5 SU and 1-6 ATS. They’re just a game above last place in the Big East, and five games behind 7-0 Seton Hall.
They play decent defense, as they’re ranked 30th in KenPom adjusted defense and have held opponents to less than 70 points/game. They’re top-40 in the nation in both effective FG% against and 3pt% against.
Their offense is awful. As their own effective FG% is only 48.1% (233rd in the nation) and their 3pt% is a putrid 29.5% (325th in the nation). Junior forward Naji Marshall leads the attack with 17 points/game on 44% from the field.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Marquette are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Wednesday games
- Marquette are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- Marquette are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Big East conference games
- Xavier are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 home games
Free Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Xavier Musketeers NCAAB Prediction:
The first important thing to note is Marquette’s total and obvious domination of Xavier in the last few years.
Marquette blew the doors of the Musketeers just two weeks ago, in a 85-65 victory in Milwaukee. In that game, Markus Howard went 7-13 from 2pt range, 5-14 from 3pt range, and 6-6 from the line to tally 35 points in 38 minutes.
Marquette are 5-2 SU and ATS in their last seven against Xavier, and are also 4-1 ATS in their last five games on the road against Xavier. The Golden Eagles have got Xavier’s number.
Usually, I take the home team with the better defense. But i’m going to make an exception for my boy Markus and the Marquette offense. Marquette dominates on the road Wednesday night.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Marquette +2
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