Marquette vs. Seton Hall - 3/15/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Seton Hall at Marquette
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 8:00 PM (Madison Square Garden)
Marquette Golden Eagles -4.5 -- Over/Under - 142.5
The Seton Hall Pirates and 23rd ranked Marquette Golden Flashes will face off at Madison Square Garden this Friday night in the Semifinals of the Big East Men’s Championship.
The Seton Hall Pirates followed up impressive wins agianst Marquette & Villanova at the end of their regular season with an equally impressive 73-57 victory of the Georgetown Hoyas in the Quarterfinals of the Big East Men’s Championship on Thursday night. Seton Hall dominated Georgetown on both ends of the court and had little trouble securing the victory after taking a 53-28 lead at halftime. Seton Hall held Georgetown to just 16.7% from beyond the arc and won the turnover battle by a 14-10 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Pirates was Myles Powell who had 31 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals.
Coming into their game against Georgetown, Seton Hall was averaging 73.8 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Pirates were averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 32.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Seton Hall has been led by Myles Powell (22.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.0 spg), Myles Cale (10.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.2 apg), Quincy McKnight (9.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.8 spg), and Sandro Mamukelashvili (8.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 bpg).
Defensively, Seton Hall was allowing their opponents to average 71.6 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Pirates have a rebound margin of -0.4 and a turnover margin of 1.5.
The 23rd ranked Marquette Golden Eagles (24-8; 12-6 Big East), who earned the 2-seed for the Big East Men’s Championship, had no trouble advancing on Thursday after defeating the St. John’s Red Storm by an 86-54 margin. Marquette didn’t look like the same team that came into Big East Tournament play on a 4-game losing streak and had no trouble defeating St. John’s after a 16-0 Golden Eagles run gave Marquette a 66-39 lead with 9:34 left in regulation. Marquette shot 50.9% from the field, 47.8% from beyond the arc, and outrebounded St. John’s by a 46-30 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Markus Howard who had 30 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Coming into their game against St. John’s, Marquette was averaging 77.4 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles were averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game on 39.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Marquette has been led by Markus Howard (25.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Sam Hauser (14.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.4 apg), Joey Hauser (9.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Sacar Anim (8.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.2 apg) .
Defensively, Marquette was allowing their opponents to average 69.2 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles had a rebound margin of 4.6 and a turnover margin of -1.9.
Seton Hall and Marquette split their regular season series as the Pirates won at home by a 73-64 margin in early March while the Golden Eagles won by a 72-63 margin at home in early January.
The Pirates are 13-2-1 ATS in their last 16 neutral site games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win. The Golden Eagles are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Seton Hall has played some solid basketball as of late and although they posted just a 3-8 record on the road this season, the Pirates come into this game a perfect 5-0 on a neutral court this season. Marquette, who had dropped both regular season meeting with St. John’s and came into postseason play struggling, looked more like the team we saw for the majority of the year as they were led offensively by the explosive Markus Howard and got a solid performance from their underrated defense. Marquette is a great team, however, Seton Hall has done a nice job against Markus Howard this season as the sharp-shooting guard is just 9-31 from the field against the Pirates and as I think Myles Powell and the Pirates offense will be able to keep this one close, I’m taking Seton Hall and the points. Good Luck!