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Marquette vs Villanova Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds

Golden Eagles vs Wildcats Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Marquette Golden Eagles at Villanova Wildcats
  • Where: Villanova at Finneran Pavilion
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds: Marquette +3, MARQ +127 | VILL -154 O/U 145.0

Golden Eagles Preview:

Through 14 games, the Marquette Golden Eagles have an overall record of 10-4. So far, the Golden Eagles have played 4 games on the road, with a record of 1-3. For the season, Marquette has been the underdog in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 1-3. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Golden Eagles being +3 point underdogs.

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Marquette will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Kam Jones who is averaging 16.21 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 56.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.5 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 14 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.

Wildcats Preview:

Through 13 games, the Villanova Wildcats have an overall record of 7-6. Currently, the Wildcats have been the home team 7 times, sitting with a record of 5-2. The Wildcats’ are sitting with a betting line that is -3 points in their favor. For the season, Villanova has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 7-4.

Villanova will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Caleb Daniels who is averaging 16.23 points per game for the Wildcats. Daniels 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 Wildcats’ offensive gameplan is the play of Eric Dixon who has hit 48.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 16.23 points per game.

Coming into today’s game, Villanova will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Wildcats are ranked 158th at 72.6 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 662nd ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Villanova is close to the NCAA average at 35.9%.

Free Spread Prediction: Villanova Wildcats -3

Heading into this matchup, with the Villanova Wildcats sitting as -3 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Villanova and Marquette are averaging 9.3 and 8.61 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Villanova has historically performed well against the spread at home, going 5-4-1 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Wildcats to cover at -3.

 


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