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Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Xavier Musketeers - 1/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds & Prediction

Game
Xavier Musketeers at Marquette Golden Eagles
Date & Time Wednesday January 15, 2020, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Fiserv Forum
Fiserv Forum, 1111, North Vel R. Phillips Avenue, Deer District, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, 53203, USA
The Line
Marquette -3.5 (-105), O/U 144
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The Xavier Musketeers are traveling to the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to face off against the Marquette Golden Eagles. The Xavier Musketeers are 12-5 on the year and 1-3 in conference play, following a 12 point loss to the Creighton Bluejays. The Marquette Golden Eagles are coming off of a 14 point loss to the Seaton Hall Pirates, dropping them to 11-5 on the year and 1-3 in conference play.

 

The Xavier Musketeers enter this matchup averaging 72.2 points per game and also allow 66.1 points per game. The Musketeers are led by junior forward Naji Marshall. Marshall is leading Xavier in scoring, averaging 16.8 points per game. Marshall is also shooting 44.5% from the field and is one of the best naturally gifted scorers in all of college basketball. Xavier is going to need a big game from Marshall if they want to hang with the Marquette Golden Eagles.

 

The Marquette Golden Eagles are averaging 76.7 points per game and also allow 68.1 points per game. The Golden Eagles are led by the nations leading scorer, Markus Howard. The senior guard is leading Marquette and the nation in scoring, averaging 26.8 points per game. If Marquette wants to win this difficult game, they are going to need all of Howard.

 

Recent Betting Trends

 

The Xavier Musketeers are 4-11-2 ATS this year.

 

Xavier is 1-5-1 ATS their last 7 games.

 

The Marquette Golden Eagles are 9-7 ATS this year.

 

The total has gone over in 6 of Marquette’s last 8 games.

 

In this matchup I like the Marquette Golden Eagles to win and cover the spread. Xavier has been horrible ATS this year, going 4-11-2 ATS. Marquette has the nation’s leading scorer and will be looking for a big win at home. Final score prediction, the Marquette Golden Eagles will win and cover the spread 77-71.

Pick:
Marquette Golden Eagles -3.5
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