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Xavier Musketeers vs. Marquette Golden Eagles Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/9/14

Marquette Golden Eagles (9-6) at Xavier Musketeers (12-3)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Cintas Center)

The Line: Xavier Musketeers -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports One

The Marquette Golden Eagles visit the Xavier Musketeers in a tough road game Thursday night at 9PM on Fox Sports One.

Marquette got in the win column in big east play this past weekend at home, making easy work of the visiting DePaul Blue Demons 66-56.  The Golden Eagles used a big second half and a strong defensive showing after the break to erase a four point deficit and pull away from the visiting Blue Demons.  Davante Gardner had his best game of the year, the big man scored a game high 28 points and pulled down 6 boards.  Gardner was very solid from the line per usual -- knocking down 10-11 from the charity stripe.  Jamil Wilson added 14 points and the Golden Eagles finished the game 51% from the field.

Xavier Musketeers vs. Marquette Golden Eagles Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/9/14

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Xavier moved to 2-0 in conference play with a 79-68 win over the Butler Bulldogs.  The Musketeers struggled to stop the Butler shooting attack for about 22 minutes before they ramped up the defense and rode the home court advantage to the win.  Xavier outscored Butler 42-26 in the second half and overcame a very weak showing from their bench to see four starters carry them to victory in double figures.  Semaj Christon had 20 and 8 assists and big man Matt Stainbrook added 17, 7 and 4 assists himself. The Musketeers forced usually efficient Butler into 15 turnovers and only had 7 of their own.

This game should be a very good defensive battle.  Both of these teams are among the best in the conference defensively and while Marquette has looked good at home this year, they have struggled on the road all season long.  I like the Musketeers to wear them down up front behind a big game from Stainbrook as Xavier pulls away late in this one for the cover at home and take down a share of first place in the conference.

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