Marquette Golden Eagles (18-12) at Seton Hall Pirates (21-9)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 9:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Seton Hall Pirates -2.5 -- Over/Under: 150.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Marquette Golden Eagles and the Seton Hall Pirates meet in a Big East tournament quarterfinal matchup in college basketball action from Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.
The Marquette Golden Eagles enter the conference tournament as the #6-seed, finishing the year with an 8-10 mark in conference play as part of their 18-12 overall record on the year. Markus Howard leads Marquette in scoring and assists with 27.8 PPG and 3.3 APG while Sacar Anim has 13.1 PPG for the Golden Eagles this season. Koby McEwen has 9.5 PPG as Marquette’s 3rd leading scorer while Jayce Johnson has a team-high 5.7 RPG this season. As a team, Marquette is averaging 77.8 points on 43% shooting from the field, 38.7% from 3-point range and 74.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.6 points on 41.2% shooting from the field and 32.2% from 3-point range this season.
The Seton Hall Pirates come into the tournament as the #3-seed, finishing the year with a 13-5 mark in Big East conference play as part of a 21-9 overall record this season. Myles Powell leads the Pirates in scoring with 21 PPG while Sandro Mamukelashvili and Quincy McKnight each have 11.9 PPG with McKnight leading Seton Hall in assists with 5.4 APG this season. Jared Rhoden has 9.1 PPG and a team-high 6.4 RPG this season. As a team, Seton Hall is averaging 74.7 points on 44.6% shooting from the field, 33.5% from 3-point range and 71.5% from the foul line this season.
Head-to-head, the underdog is 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings between these two teams.
I considered the points with Marquette given how much success the underdog’s had in this matchup. However, while Marquette will have the best scorer on the floor in Markus Howard, the Pirates are just the better team side-by-side and in my opinion just have a lot more depth than what Marquette brings to the table outside of Howard. I’ll lay the points with Seton Hall here.