Marquette Golden Eagles (10-4) vs. Villanova Wildcats (7-6)
December 31, 2022 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -2.5 / Marquette Golden Eagles +2.5; Over/Under: +147.5
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The Marquette Golden Eagles and Villanova Wildcats meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Finneran Pavilion. The Marquette Golden Eagles look for their 11th win. The Villanova Wildcats look for their eighth win.
The Marquette Golden Eagles are averaging 82.4 points on 49.7 percent shooting and allowing 70.2 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Kam Jones is averaging 16.2 points and 3.7 rebounds, while Olivier-Maxence Prosper is averaging 14.5 points and 4.9 rebounds. Oso Ighodaro is the third double-digit scorer and David Joplin is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Marquette Golden Eagles are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The Marquette Golden Eagles are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.3 rebounds per game.
The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 71.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 43 percent shooting. Caleb Daniels is averaging 16.2 points and 5 rebounds, while Eric Dixon is averaging 16.2 points and 6.2 rebounds. Brandon Slater is the third double-digit scorer and Cam Whitmore is dishing 0.3 assists. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 84.1 percent from the free throw line. The Villanova Wildcats are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.5 rebounds per game.
The Golden Eagles are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 Saturday games and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Wildcats are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The over is 6-2 in Golden Eagles last 8 overall. The over is 7-3 in Wildcats last 10 overall.
The Villanova Wildcats are getting the benefit of the doubt because they’re at home and the public has pounded them early. However, Villanova isn’t nearly as good as past years and the Marquette Golden Eagles have proven they can win on the road. Marquette is also winning in the underdog role by an average of 6 points. A strong case can be made Marquette is the better side. Give me the free bucket.