Louisville Cardinals (3-1) at Marquette Golden Eagles (3-2)
College Basketball: Friday, November 23, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Marquette Golden Eagles -3.5 -- Over/Under: 153.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Louisville Cardinals and Marquette Golden Eagles will face off this Friday night at the Barclays Center in the consolation game of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
The Louisville Cardinals dropped to 3-1 on the season after being defeated by the 5th ranked Tennessee Volunteers, 92-81, this past Wednesday. Louisville gave the Volunteers a game, however, couldn’t fight back after a 14-0 Tennessee run gave the Volunteers an 85-70 lead with 5:18 left in regulation. Louisville shot 44.1% from the field and 39.3% from beyond the arc, however, allowed Tennessee to shoot 54.0% from the field in the loss. Louisville was outrebounded by Tennessee by a 38-32 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 14-10 margin. Leading the way for the Cardinals was Jordan Nwora who had a double-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and a block in 26 minutes from off the bench.
Offensively, Louisville is averaging 89.0 ppg on 50.7% shooting from the field. The Cardinals are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 37.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Louisville has been led by Jordan Nwora (19.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.0 spg), Darius Perry (13.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 spg), V.J. King (10.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Steven Enoch (10.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg).
Defensively, Louisville is allowing their opponents to average 74.0 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Cardinals have a rebound margin of 6.0 and a turnover margin of 0.8.
The Marquette Golden Eagles dropped to 3-2 on the young season after being defeated by the 2nd ranked Kansas Jayhawks, 77-68, this past Wednesday. Marquette went into halftime with a solid 47-38 lead however, allowed Kansas to take control of the game after being held scoreless for the 9 minutes of the 2nd half. Marquette shot 41.7% from the field while allowing Kansas to shoot 48.3% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc. The Golden Eagles were outrebounded by the Jayhawks by a 38-31 margin and forced Kansas into committing just 8 turnovers. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Sam Hauser who had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.
On the season, Marquette is averaging 74.8 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles are averaging 10.0 three-pointers per game on 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Marquette has been led by Markus Howard (19.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 5.6 apg), Sam Hauser (16.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.8 apg), Joey Hauser (11.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.6 apg), and Theo John (7.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.4 bpg).
Defensively, Marquette is holding their opponents to an average of 65.8 ppg on 38.0% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles have a rebound margin of 5.6 and a turnover margin of -3.8.
The Cardinals are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. Big East opponents however, are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. The Golden Eagles are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games.
Louisville looked good agianst Tennessee however, their defense is a concern as they come into this game ranked just 231st in scoring defense and 256th in defensive FG%. Marquette let a great opportunity slip through their fingers against the Jayhawks, and although their offensive has surpingsly struggled, the Golden Eagles have great offensive weapons in Markus Howard & Sam Hauser. Marquette has looked a bit better on the defensive end then what we’ve seen in past seasons and as I think their offense had no trouble with the Cardinals, I’m taking the Golden Eagles to cover this small spread.