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Villanova vs. Marquette - Big East Tournament - 3/12/15 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Marquette Golden Eagles (12-18) at Villanova WIldcats (29-2)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: Villanova Wildcats -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports 1

The Marquette Golden Flashes and Villanova Wildcats will battle at Madison Square Garden in the quarterfinals of the Big East Conference Tournament this Thursday afternoon.   

The Marquette Golden Flashes defeated the Seton Hall Pirates 78-56 on Wednesday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament. Marquette, who earned the 9th seed with a 4-14 conference record, was able to shoot 56.9% from the field and 59.1% (13-22) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Flashes was Matt Carlino who had 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. Marquette is ranked 160th in the RPI Standings and has played the 34th ranked SOS. Leading the way for the Golden Flashes on the season has been Matt Carlino (14.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.5 spg) and Duane Wilson (12.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.2 apg). Marquette is averaging 65.2 ppg (ranked 229th) on 43.4% shooting (ranked 187th). The Golden Flashes average 6.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 187th) and have a 1.2 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 67th). Defensively, Marquette is allowing their opponents to average 66.8 ppg (ranked 180th) on 42.4% shooting (ranked 139th). The Golden Flashes average 7.7 spg (ranked 39th) and have a turnover margin of 1.6 (ranked 71st).

Villanova vs. Marquette - Big East Tournament - 3/12/15 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 4th-ranked Villanova Wildcats finished the regular season with a 29-2 record and earned the 1 seed in the Big East Tournament with a 16-2 conference record. Villanova is one of the most balanced teams in the country and excel on both the offensive and defensive ends. The Wildcats are ranked 5th in the RPI Standings and has played the 48th ranked SOS. Villanova’s biggest wins of the season were against VCU, Butler (twice), St. John’s (twice) and Providence.

Villanova averages 76.7 ppg (ranked 19th) on 46.8% shooting (ranked 41st). The Wildcats average 8.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 16th) on 38.3% shooting (ranked 40th). Villanova averages 10.8 turnovers per game (ranked 33rd) and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.47 (ranked 7th). Defensively, Villanova is holding their opponents to an average of 61.5 ppg (ranked 53rd) on 40.8% shooting (ranked 80th). The Wildcats are holding teams to 31.3% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 46th) and commit 16.7 personal fouls per game (ranked 65th). Villanova has a turnover margin of 3.4 (ranked 14th) and have a rebound margin of 2.7 (ranked 89th). On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Darrun Hilliard II (14.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.8 spg) and Ryan Arcidiacono (10.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.1 spg).

Villanova is one of the best teams in the country and they are in line for #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament if they can win the Big East Title. Villanova was able to defeat Marquette in both match-ups this season (70-52 @ Home & 87-76 at Marquette). Marquette depends heavily on Matt Carlino and Duane Wilson, and as we saw in their first-round match-up against Seton Hall, if these two are hitting their outside shoots, Marquette can be a very dangerous team. The line has yet to be posted for this game however, I feel that Villanova will be favored by between 12-15 points. Marquette has a quick turn-around  for this game, however, I think they’ll continue their hot-shooting and keep this one within the number. Take Marquette and the points. 

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