Check out our free Marquette vs Providence pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Providence. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Marquette vs Providence Pick & Preview: Tuesday, December 20th Betting Odds
Golden Eagles vs Friars Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Marquette Golden Eagles at Providence Friars
- Where: Providence at Amica Mutual Pavilion
- Date: Tuesday, December 20th
- Betting Odds: Marquette +1, MARQ -110 | PROV -111 O/U 150.5
Golden Eagles Preview:
Marquette will take their 3 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 9-3. So far, the Golden Eagles have played 3 games on the road, with a record of 1-2. For the season, Marquette has been the underdog in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 1-2. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Golden Eagles being +1 point underdogs.
Marquette will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Kam Jones who is averaging 15.75 points per game for the Golden Eagles. Jones is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Golden Eagles’ offensive gameplan is the play of Olivier-Maxence Prosper who has hit 57.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.0 points per game.
On offense, Marquette is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.4 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 12 games, they have only hit 34.7% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 41.75% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Providence will take their 4 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 9-3. So far this season, Providence has played 8 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-1. The Friars’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1 points in their favor. For the season, Providence has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 8-0.
Bryce Hopkins comes into today’s game as the Friars’ leading scorer at 15.67 points per contest. Not only has Hopkins been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Providence’s top rebounder at 8.58 boards per contest. Behind Hopkins, the team has benefited from the strong play of Ed Croswell who is second on the team in scoring at 12.58 points per game. Overall, he has hit 63.0% of his shots and is adding 6.83 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Providence this season, as they are currently ranked 179th in college basketball at 71.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Friars’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.3%, placing them 225th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Marquette Golden Eagles +1
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Providence Friars are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -1. However, we anticipate Marquette putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Friars as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Golden Eagles to cover.