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Providence Friars vs. Marquette Golden Eagles - 1/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Marquette Golden Eagles (10-4) at Providence Friars (14-1)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Dunkin Donuts Center)

The Line: Providence Friars -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The 8th ranked Providence Friars will take on the Marquette Golden Eagles.

 The Providence Friars come into this game with a 14-1 record and are currently 1st in the Big East. The Friars have won their last 8 games with their most recent being a 83-65 win over Saint Johns. Through 15 games this season the leading scorer for the Friars has been Ben Bentil who is scoring 18.9 points per game and 7.9 rebounds. Kris Dunn is second on the team and one of the best players in the nation averaging 17.5 points per game and 6.4 rebounds and 7.3 assists.

Providence Friars vs. Marquette Golden Eagles - 1/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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 The Marquette Golden Eagles come into this game with a 10-4 record and are currently 8th in the Big East. The Golden Eagles have lost their last 2 games with their most recent game being a 80-70 defeat to Georgetown. Through 14 games this season the leading scorer for the Golden Eagles has been Henry Ellison who is averaging 16.2 points per game and 9.9 rebounds. Luke Fischer is second on the team scoring 14.0 points per game and 8.4 rebounds.

 Marquette is 0-4 against the spread in their last 4 games overall. The Golden Eagles are 3-14 against the spread in their last 17 games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600. Providence is 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 games vs. Big East opponents. The Friars are 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning record. 

The Providence Friars are a legit team this year and can play with anyone in the nation. Marquette has had a good year so far but this will be a difficult game for them. Kris Dunn is the best player on the floor so i will take Providence to cover at home.

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