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Marquette vs. Villanova - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Villanova Wildcats (27-4) at Marquette Golden Eagles (19-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: Villanova Wildcats -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

The Villanova Wildcats and Marquette Golden Eagles meet Thursday in the college basketball Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

The Villanova Wildcats enter this tournament winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 87.2 points on 50.6 percent shooting and allowing 71.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Jalen Brunson is averaging 19 points and 4.8 assists while Mikal Bridges is averaging 17.6 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 39.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Villanova Wildcats are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.3 rebounds per game. The Villanova Wildcats have won 10 of their last 11 neutral site games.

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Marquette vs. Villanova - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Marquette Golden Eagles look for another victory after beating DePaul on Wednesday. The Marquette Golden Eagles are averaging 81.9 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 78.3 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Markus Howard is averaging 20.9 points and 3.3 rebounds while Andrew Rowsey is averaging 19.9 points and 4.7 assists. Sam Hauser is the third double-digit scorer and Haanif Cheatham is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Marquette Golden Eagles are shooting 41.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Marquette Golden Eagles are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30 rebounds per game. The Marquette Golden Eagles have won three of their last four neutral site games.

The Golden Eagles are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. The Wildcats are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games. The favorite is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

The Marquette Golden Eagles have the offense to hang around with Villanova, as they're shooting 48.6 percent from the field in their last five games and both meetings this season were decided by 10 or less points. However, Villanova is 15-6 ATS this season when a daouble-digit favorite. Maybe Vegas knows something we don't. When you get trends like that and a team that covers big numbers consistently, you have to eat the chalk with confidence.

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