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Xavier vs. Marquette - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Marquette Golden Eagles (10-6) at Xavier Musketeers (11-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Cintas Center)

The Line: Xavier Musketeers -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Marquette Golden Eagles and Xavier Musketeers play Saturday at the Cintas Center.

The Marquette Golden Eagles have split their last four games and play their fourth true road game. On the season, Marquette is averaging 68.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting and is allowing 63.7 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Matt Carlino is averaging 12.7 points and 3.6 assists while Luke Fischer is averaging 11.8 points and five rebounds. Duane Wilson is shooting 40.1 percent from the field and Juan Anderson is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Marquette Golden Eagles have seven different players averaging at least 6.3 points while they’re shooting 67.5 percent from the line and 34.2 percent from downtown. Defensively, Marquette is allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 66 or less points in seven straight games.

Xavier vs. Marquette - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Xavier Musketeers have split their last eight games and look for their third conference win. On the season, Xavier is averaging 78.8 points on 49.4 percent shooting and is allowing 68.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Matt Stainbrook is averaging 12.6 points and 7.2 rebounds while Trevon Bluiett is averaging 12.5 points and 5.1 rebounds. Dee Davis is dishing 5.8 assists and Remy Abell is shooting 54.9 percent from the field. The Xavier Musketeers are an elite offensive team that has eight players averaging at least 5.4 points while they’re shooting 74.3 percent from the line and 37.1 percent from downtown. Defensively, Xavier is allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 88 points in back-to-back games. Xavier is 9-0 SU this season on its home court.

The Golden Eagles are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 vs. Big East and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Musketeers are 28-11 ATS in their last 39 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Xavier.

The Marquette Golden Eagles hung with Ohio State, Georgetown and DePaul on the road. While Xavier is also a solid team, the Golden Eagles have shown they are still a decent team that shouldn't be looked over. Give me the road team and the points. 

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