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Marquette vs. Michigan - 11/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Michigan Wolverines (2-0) at Marquette Golden Eagles (2-0)

College Basketball: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: Marquette Golden Eagles +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Marquette Golden Eagles and the Michigan Wolverines face off on Thursday in New York in the 2K Classic.

The Marquette Golden Eagles are off to a 2-0 start that including an opening win over Vanderbilt in a one-sided game. Marquette is averaging 88 points and they are shooting 51.9 percent from the floor including 42.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 60 points per game and their opponents are shooting 35.1 percent. Jajuan Johnson leads the Golden Eagles averaging 17.5 points per game and 26 minutes. Haanif Cheatham is averaging 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds for Marquette, Sam Hauser is averaging 12 points, and Katin Reinhardt is averaging 11.5 points. Marquette trailed Vandy at the half by a point and steamrolled them in the second and they are looking like a top tier team.

Marquette vs. Michigan - 11/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Michigan Wolverines are off to a 2-0 start tot the season with both wins coming against soft competition.  Michigan is averaging 76.5 points and they are shooting 43.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 61.5 points per game and their opponents are shooting 43 percent. Derrick Walton Jr. leads the Wolverines averaging 16.5 points in 35.5 minutes per game. Zak Irvin is averaging 13 points and 5 rebounds for Michigan, Moritz Wagner is averaging 10.5 points, and Mark Donnal is averaging 10 points. It is tough to tell at this point where Michigan falls in the national landscape but this game is a good barometer.

Marquette is 5-1 against the spread against the Big Ten, 2-5 against the spread in their last 7 games, and 4-10 against the spread following a win. Michigan is 2-6 against the spread in their last 8 games, 1-5 against the spread following a win, and 2-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record.

Marquette has played a top level team and trounced them and I see them winning in this one as well going away. 

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Marquette Golden Eagles -1

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