Villanova vs. Marquette Pick
Can No. 1 Villanova go on the road and handle business when it takes on Marquette today at 1PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Villanova is favored on the road, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -8 points against Marquette. The over/under total for the game has yet to be set. Today’s game is taking place from the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and will air live on FOX.
Villanova has won six straight games coming into today’s clash. The Wildcats are 19-1 overall, 6-1 in the Big East and 14-6 against the spread. Nova is averaging 88 points per game on offense while allowing 68.4 per contest. Jalen Brunson is averaging 18.8 points and 5.2 assists per game to lead Villanova while Mikal Bridges is adding 16.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest.
Marquette has alternated wins and losses over its last six games and is coming off an 89-70 loss at Xavier earlier this week. The Golden Eagles are 13-7 overall, 4-4 in the Big East and 9-10 against the spread. Marquette is averaging 82.4 points per game this season while giving up 76.4 per game. Markus Howard is leading Marquette with 22.1 points per game while Andrew Rowsey is adding 20.1 points and 4.3 assists per game.
Villanova has won nine of its last 10 meetings with Marquette, but the Golden Eagles have covered in the last two encounters, including in the 100-90 win for Villanova at home on Jan. 6. Nova is rolling right now, covering in their last three with all big spreads, but now it goes on the road to face a team that tends to bounce back from losses. The Golden Eagles have won their last three at home and they should have some confidence after being relatively competitive with the Wildcats at Villanova. The public betting is backing Villanova, but I like Marquette to cover at home.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: MARQUETTE +8