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Marquette vs. Villanova - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Villanova at Marquette
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 2:30 PM (EST)
Location
Fiserv Forum
Milwaukee, WI
The Line
Marquette Golden Eagles -1.5 -- Over/Under: 144
TV Channel
FOX
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The Villanova Wildcats and the Marquette Golden Eagles meet in Big East conference college basketball action from the Fiserv Forum on Saturday afternoon.

The Villanova Wildcats will be looking to build on their current 11-game winning streak after a 66-59 overtime win over Creighton in their last outing. Saddiq Bey led Villanova with 17 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 3 threes and 3 steals while Eric Paschall added 15 points with 7 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Phil Booth chipped in 14 points with a team-high 8 rebounds and 4 assists while Collin Gillespie added 4 threes for his 12 points along with a team-high 6 assists. Booth leads Villanova with an average of 18.3 points and 4 assists per game while Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 6.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Villanova is averaging 76.3 points per game on 45.4% shooting from the field, 36.4% from behind the 3-point line and 71.9% from the foul line this season.

The Marquette Golden Eagles will look to rebound after suffering a 70-69 loss to St. John’s, snapping their 8-game winning streak. Sam Hauser led the Golden Eagles with 19 points on 6 of 16 shooting with 3 triples and 11 rebounds for the double-double while Markus Howard added 17 points with 4 threes and a team-high 5 assists. Sacar Anim added 11 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Marquette in the loss, while Joseph Chartouny added 5 assists of his own and Theo John chipped in 8 points with 7 rebounds. Howard leads the Golden Eagles with an average of 24.6 points and 4.2 assists per game while Hauser leads Marquette in rebounding with 7 boards per game this season. As a team, Marquette is scoring 79 points per game on 46% shooting from the field, 39.5% from behind the arc and 77% from the foul line this season, the 8th-best free throw percentage in D-I this season.

Villanova is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 41-19-1 ATS in their last 61 road games while the under is 15-6-2 in their last 23 games overall. Marquette is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss. Villanova is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings between these two teams and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams at Marquette.

This has the potential to be one of the games of the day between the top two teams in the Big East. With that said, I’m so tempted to go with Villanova here, who has won 11 straight and just keeps finding ways to win games and have burned me more often than not when I go against the defending champions. However, the fact that Marquette is favored just goes to speak to how well the Golden Eagles have played this season. Marquette is 3-1 against other ranked opposition and are the better offensive team of the two here. Marquette’s advantage offensively should be enough to see the Golden Eagles win by a bucket, so I’ll lay the points with Marquette and kick back to watch what should be a fantastic game.

Pick:
Marquette -1.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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