Radford Highlanders (0-0) vs. Marquette Golden Eagles (0-0)
November 7, 2022 8:30 pm EDT
The Line: Marquette Golden Eagles -17.5 / Radford Highlanders +17.5 ; Over/Under: 136.5
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The Radford Highlanders and the Marquette Golden Eagles meet Monday in college basketball action from Fiserv Forum. Radford managed to go 11-18 overall last season for a fourth-place finish in the Big South North Division. As for Marquette, they posted a 19-13 overall record a season ago and made it to the NCAA Tournament. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Radford couldn’t quite reach their win total from 2020-21 (15) last year, going 11-18 overall with a 7-9 record in the Big South Conference. The Highlanders landed in fourth place in the North Division with that result, behind Longwood, Campbell and High Point.
The Highlanders stumbled into conference play last season, losing eight of their first 11 games. Radford finished strong on a 4-1 run, but ultimately fell to North Carolina A&T 78-71 in overtime during the First Round of the Big South Tournament.
Over on the Marquette side, they managed to take a step forward last season and hit a 19-13 overall record. The Eagles were 11-8 in the Big East Conference, leaving the team in fifth place behind Providence, Villanova, UConn and Creighton.
Marquette managed a nice seven-game win streak in January, but the team finished the year on a sketchy 4-5 run. After a loss to Creighton in the conference tourney, Marquette fell to North Carolina in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.
Radford is 5-11 ATS in their last 16 road games and 6-14 ATS in their last 20 overall. Marquette is 4-0 ATS in their last four Monday games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight at home.
PICK: I’m probably staying with Marquette here. The Eagles rattled off some impressive wins against great teams last year, anchored by First Team All-Big East selection Justin Lewis. Unfortunately Lewis is gone now, and Marquette will look to some youth (sophomores Tyler Kolek, Oliver-Maxence Prosper and Kam Jones) and incoming transfer Zach Wrightsil to lead the way this year. So long as Wrightsil and the gang can find an early rhythm I don’t think they’ll have too much trouble covering in this one.