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Xavier vs. Marquette - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Marquette at Xavier
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
Cintas Center
Cincinnati, OH
The Line
Marquette Golden Eagles -2 -- Over/Under: 144.5
TV Channel
FS-1
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The Marquette Golden Eagles and the Xavier Musketeers meet in Big East conference college basketball action from the Cintas Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Marquette Golden Eagles will look to build on their current 6-game winning streak after a 79-69 win over DePaul in their last outing. Markus Howard led the Golden Eagles with 23 points on 4 of 10 shooting with a perfect 15 of 15 mark from the foul line and a team-high 9 assists. Sam Hauser cam 2nd with 19 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 3 threes, 6 rebounds and a pair of steals while Theo John added 16 points on 6 of 8 shooting with 10 rebounds and 6 blocks. Joey Hauser added 14 points with 3 threes, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a pair of steals to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Marquette in the win. Howard leads Marquette with an average of 24.3 points and 4.4 assists per game while Sam Hauser leads the Golden Eagles in rebounding with 6.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Marquette is averaging 79.3 points per game on 45.6% shooting from the field, 38.8% from behind the arc and 77.2% from the foul line this season.

The Xavier Musketeers will look to rebound from back-to-back losses following a 64-62 loss to Providence in their last outing. Paul Scruggs led Xavier with 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting with a pair of threes, a share of the team lead with 4 assists and 3 steals. Zach Hankins and Tyrique Jones each contributed 12 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Xavier in the loss, with Hankins shooting 6 of 8 from the floor with a pair of blocks while Jones added 7 rebounds while shooting 6 of 12 from the field. Naji Marshall added 9 points and 4 assists while Kyle Castlin pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds as well in the losing effort. Marshall leads Xavier with an average of 13.1 points and 3.4 assists per game while Jones leads the Musketeers in rebounding with 7.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Xavier is averaging 73.2 points per game on 46.8% shooting from the field, 32% from behind the 3-point line and 69.9% from the foul line this season.

Marquette is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 conference games. Xavier is 4-9-3 ATS in their last 16 home games and 6-14-3 ATS in their last 23 games overall while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a loss. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

You get the feeling that it’s only a matter of time before the Musketeers turn things around, and what better place to do that than at home, where the Musketeers are 9-3 SU this season. However, Xavier has also lost 2 of their last 3 home games, and quite frankly, I’m not sure why the line is this low considering one of the hotter teams in the conference is standing on the other side. Marquette is on fire right now, and showing some solid depth as they were able to win without leading scorer Markus Howard last week. I think the fact that we are getting this line this low is a gift, and it’s one that I will gladly accept and I’ll lay the bucket with Marquette here.

Pick:
Marquette -2

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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