Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Villanova Wildcats - 2/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Villanova Wildcats (24-2) at Marquette Golden Eagles (11-14)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2:30 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Marquette Golden Eagles -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX HD
The Villanova Wildcats will travel to the BMO Harris Bradley Center to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The 6th-ranked Villanova Wildcats improved to 24-2 (11-2 Big East) on the season after defeating the Seton Hall Pirates, 80-54, this past Monday. Villanova shot 49.1% from the field and 44.4% (12-27) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Darrun Hilliard II who had 18 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. Villanova is ranked 4th in the RPI Standings and has played the 23rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Darrun Hilliard II (14.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.1 apg) and Ryan Arcidiacono (10.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 3.6 apg). Villanova is averaging 74.7 ppg (ranked 29th) on 46.5% shooting (ranked 50th). The Wildcats are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 25th) on 37.6% three-point shooting (ranked 54th). Villanova is holding their opponents to an average of 60.2 ppg (ranked 39th) on 40.1% shooting (ranked 67th). The Wildcats are averaging 7.9 spg (ranked 32nd) and have a turnover margin of 3.4 (ranked 17th).
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The Marquette Golden Eagles dropped to 11-14 (3-10 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the Creighton Bluejays, 77-70, this past Saturday. Marquette shot 39.7% from the field and 45.0% (9-20) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Duane Wilson who had 26 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists. Marquette is ranked 135th in the RPI Standings and has played the 47th ranked SOS. On the season, the Golden Eagles have been led by Matt Carlino (14.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.5 apg) and Duane Wilson (12.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.0 apg). Marquette is averaging 66.1 ppg (ranked 202nd) on 43.8% shooting (ranked 158th). The Golden Eagles are averaging 15.0 apg and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.21 (ranked 57th). Marquette is holding their opponents to an average of 66.1 ppg (ranked 166th) on 42.3% shooting (ranked 147th). The Golden Eagles are committing 15.9 personal fouls per game (ranked 32nd) and pull down just 31.28 total rpg (ranked 308th).
The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a SU win of more than 20 points and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Golden Eagles are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Villanova is playing some of their best basketball of the season as they've won 7 straight which included two road victories against Providence and Butler, who are very tough at home. Marquette has lost 8 of their last 9 and their leading scorer, Matt Carlino is questionable with a head injury. We'll need to keep an eye on Carlino's status as the line is currently not posted. I have a hard time not backing Villanova with the way they've been playing on the road and how bad ATS Marquette has been on the road. As long at the line isn't outrageous, I'm taking Villanova.