The Kansas Jayhawks and the Marquette Golden Eagles meet Tuesday in college basketball action from Stan Sheriff Center. Kansas is sitting at 4-0 on the season so far. The Jayhawks blew out Chaminade in their Monday matchup. As for Marquette, they’re 4-0 as well this year following a Monday win over UCLA. Take a look at our Kansas vs Marquette Prediction.
The Jayhawks have rolled right through four games so far, with only one close finish. Kansas blew out NC Central 99-56 in their opener and Manhattan 99-61 in game two. Matched up against Kentucky last Tuesday however, the Jayhawks escaped with an 89-84 win thanks to 47.5 percent shooting from the field and 51 total rebounds.
In Monday’s matchup versus Chaminade, the Jayhawks got off to a 39-27 advantage by halftime. Kansas only got better from there with 44 more points in an 83-56 victory. Hunter Dickinson led the scoring on a double-double with 31 points and 11 rebounds. Kevin McCullar tripled up on 22 points, 10 assists and 11 boards in the blowout win.
Marquette Golden Eagles
Over on the Marquette side, they’ve scored very well this year. The Eagles beat NIU 92-70 in their opener before shooting 54.8 percent overall in a 95-65 win over Rider. Marquette took out Illinois 71-64 on the road in game three, shooting 43.5 percent from the field with a 43-41 rebounding deficit in the winning effort.
On Monday versus UCLA, the Golden Eagles had their toughest challenge so far. After a 35-30 halftime deficit, Marquette bounced back with 41 second-half points in a 71-69 win. David Joplin was the leading team scorer with 19 points and four rebounds. Oso Ighodaro put up 14 points with four rebounds of his own.
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I’ll probably lean toward Kansas. The Jayhawks are looking great so far this year—even though they’ve really only played one team of consequence there’s really not much to complain about overall. Monday’s blowout win was another nice performance, as Kansas shot a smooth 60 percent from the field with 41 rebounds and a whopping 29 team assists. The Jayhawks weren’t great from outside though, hitting just four of their 19 attempts on 3-pointers.
As for Marquette, they hit 45.5 percent of their shots in the win over UCLA on Monday. The Eagles were outmuscled on the boards 31-26 though, and hit just 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) from the line. Marquette has hit 71 or more points in all four games so far this year, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a big total in this one. I like Kansas a little better cover-wise, but it’ll be an entertaining matchup regardless.