Villanova vs. Marquette - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Marquette Golden Eagles (11-4) at Villanova Wildcats (13-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center-PA)
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Marquette Golden Eagles and Villanova Wildcats meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Marquette Golden Eagles look for another victory after winning six of their last seven games. The Marquette Golden Eagles are averaging 83.5 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 75.2 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Markus Howard is averaging 22.6 points and 3.5 rebounds while Andrew Rowsey is averaging 22 points and 4.1 assists. Sam Hauser is the third double-digit scorer and Haanif Cheatham is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Marquette Golden Eagles are shooting 41.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The Marquette Golden Eagles are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game. The Marquette Golden Eagles have split their last 10 road games.
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The Villanova Wildcats look for their 14th win of the season to remain unbeaten at home. The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 88.1 points on 51.1 percent shooting and allowing 68.4 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Jalen Brunson is averaging 18.9 points and five assists while Mikal Bridges is averaging 17.8 points and 5.5 rebounds. Donte DiVincenzo is the third double-digit scorer and Phil Booth is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting 41.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Villanova Wildcats are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.6 rebounds per game. The Villanova Wildcats have won five straight home games.
The Golden Eagles are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Wildcats are 39-19 ATS in their last 58 Saturday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big East and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Golden Eagles are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Villanova, 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the favorite is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
The Villanova Wildcats have been a little shaky defensively as of late and are coming off a loss to Butler in which they were dominated pretty much from start to finish. The Marquette Golden Eagles can be hit or miss, but they score the basketball at a very high percentage and are looking for that marquee victory to prove they're legit. I'm not sure the Golden Eagles have what it takes to get the job done, but this is enough points for them to get the cover. Give me the points.