Golden Eagles vs. Wildcats Prediction
The 18th-ranked Marquette Golden Eagles and the host 15th-ranked Villanova Wildcats are each looking to rise in the Big East Conference standings with a win tonight. Which side should bettors put their money on in this matchup?
Thursday, February 12, 2020
Finneran Pavilion at 8:30PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Wildcats are a 5.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 144.5 points. As of Wednesday afternoon, 54 percent of public bets are being placed on host Villanova. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Golden Eagles blast Bulldogs
Marquette cruised to a 76-57 home win Sunday afternoon over Butler to improve to 17-6 overall and 7-4 in conference play. The Golden Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 42-31 in the second half to pull away. Markus Howard paced Marquette with 17 points on 4-of-11 shooting including 3-of-9 from 3-point distance plus 6-of-8 at the free throw line. He also accounted for four rebounds and three assists. Brendan Bailey tallied 16 points and eight boards. Koby McEwen added 16 points, six assists and two caroms.
Wildcats drop third straight
Villanova fell 70-64 at home to Seton Hall Saturday to drop to 17-6 overall and 7-4 in conference action. Saddiq Bey led the Wildcats with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting including 4-of-6 from 3-point range plus 4-of-4 at the charity stripe. He also pulled down three rebounds. Collin Gillespie accounted for 12 points, six boards and four assists. Jermaine Samuels added 10 points, two caroms, two assists and two steals. Villanova was outscored 43-33 in the second half after leading by four at the break.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Golden Eagles are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall. Marquette is 4-1 ATS in its last five Wednesday games.
The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. The favorite is 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings.
The Wildcats have struggled as of late and were unable to put away Seton Hall in the second half, while the Golden Eagles have had an inconsistent but pretty solid season overall and are coming in off a huge home win. Marquette has played some of its best basketball of the season lately and with Howard one of basketball's premier scorers, it can put a scare into anyone no matter the venue. I'm taking the points with the Golden Eagles in this one.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES +5.5