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Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Villanova Wildcats Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/25/14

Villanova Wildcats (16-2) at Marquette Golden Eagles (11-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Bradley Center)

The Line: Marquette Golden Eagles +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports 1

Fresh off a lopsided loss at home, the #4 Villanova Wildcats visit the Marquette Golden Eagles for Saturday hoops action at 2PM on Fox Sports 1.

Villanova was riding high, ranked 4th in the country and coasting through conference play when they ran into a buzzsaw in Creighton this past week.  The Bluejays bounced back from a recent loss to nearly shatter records from deep as the Bluejays knocked down 21-35 threes on their way to the 96.68 win.  The Wildcats just could not get it going offensively and certainly were not in line to match the output of the Creighton attack from deep.  James Bell led Villanova scorers with 19 points and Darrun Hillard added 10 for a Villanova unit that was never able to get in a groove offensively.

Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Villanova Wildcats Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/25/14

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Marquette got a huge win this past weekend to move to .500 in conference.play.  The Golden Eagles battled back from double digits down early to force OT and defeat the Georgetown Hoyas in OT 80-72.  The Hoyas liabilities offensively outside of their backcourt were in full effect in this one as the Hoyas got 52 points from their backcourt and still managed to give the contest away as Marquette took advantage down low.  DeVante Gardner had 20 and Jamil Wilson added 10 and the Golden Eagles were assisted with 30 bench points -- ultimately the difference in the game.  The Golden Eagles were 21-25 at the line and hit key FT’s down the stretch to keep things out of reach for Georgetown.

Marquette has been tough at home for years now but have been a bit more vulnerable this season against visiting foes.  I expect this contest to be hard nosed and a battle defensively but the Wildcats have been too good all year and I like them to turn it on late and pull away for the much needed bounce back win and cover on the road.


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