Wildcats vs. Golden Eagles Prediction
The 10th-ranked Villanova Wildcats are on a six-game winning streak heading into tonight's contest at the Marquette Golden Eagles. Will Villanova notch the win over an opponent that lost their conference opener earlier this week?
649 Villanova Wildcats at 650 Marquette Golden Eagles
Saturday, January 4, 2020
Fiserv Forum at 2PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Golden Eagles are a 2-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 150 points. As of Saturday morning, 51 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting Villanova. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Wildcats get past Musketeers
Villanova earned a 68-62 home win Monday night over Xavier to improve to 10-2 overall and 1-0 in the Big East Conference. The Wildcats led 32-25 at halftime and held on from there. Collin Gillespie paced Villanova with 24 points on 9-of-22 shooting including 3-of-10 from 3-point range plus 3-of-5 at the free throw line. He also tallied five assists and four rebounds. Jermaine Samuels accounted for 14 points and eight boards. Justin Moore added 13 points and two boards.
Golden Eagles struggle at Bluejays
Marquette suffered a 92-75 defeat Wednesday night at Creighton to fall to 10-3 overall and 0-1 in the Big East. The Golden Eagles trailed 48-38 at halftime and were unable to recover. Brendan Bailey paced Marquette with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting including 4-of-10 from 3-point distance. He also notched 11 rebounds and three assists. Sacar Anim contributed 18 points and four boards. Markus Howard added 18 points, four dimes and two rebounds.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Wildcats are 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games overall. Villanova is 2-5 ATS in its last seven Saturday games.
The Golden Eagles are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games. The favorite is 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings.
The Wildcats have an elite offense even if it has taken a step back the last couple games. Look for Villanova to have a better offensive showing, but Marquette has plenty of offensive firepower led by Howard and can score with anyone. As long as the Golden Eagles are getting some stops, I like their chances in front of what will be a loud home crowd. Marquette has not lost yet at home this season and I am betting it will stay that way this afternoon.
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