The struggling Villanova Wildcats host the 10th ranked Marquette Golden Eagles in Big East action on Wednesday at the Finneran Pavilion in Villanova.
Big East Leaders
The 10th ranked Marquette Golden Eagles have taken a 1.5 games lead in the Big East Conference team standings. Marquette has lost just once in its last 13 games and enter this matchup on a five-game winning streak. With four games left in their schedule, the Golden Eagles hope to pad that lead even further with a win over the Villanova Wildcats.
Markus Howard leads the Golden Eagles with 25.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.1 steals per game. Sam Hauser is scoring 15.2 points and grabbing 6.9 rebounds per outing while Joey Hauser is putting up 10.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for Marquette.
Marquette is averaging 78.9 points per game on offense and are dishing off 13.9 assists per game while also grabbing 37.9 rebounds per outing. The Golden Eagles are making 9.4 three pointers per game at a 39.9% accuracy. Marquette is holding its opponents to 68.6 points per game this season.
|32.9||Half Time Score||40.6|
|46.11%||Field Goal Percentage||50.53%|
|91/235||3 Point Shots||104/249|
The Villanova Wildcats have fallen from the sky. The Wildcats have lost three in a row and four out of their last five overall. All four losses have come on the road and Villanova hopes that a change in scenery is going to help them snap their losing spell. The Wildcats are 12-2 SU at home this season and 7-0 at the Finn in conference play.
Seniors Phil Booth and Eric Paschall lead the way for the Wildcats. Booth is averaging 18.4 points and 3.8 rebound per game while Paschall is scoring 17.3 points and grabbing 6.1 rebounds per outing. Collin Gillespie is contributing 11.2 points and 2.6 rebounds while Saddiq Bey is putting up 8.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.
Phil Booth is 3-3 from 3pt 🔥 pic.twitter.com/bnftyvufE5
— Villanova MBB (@NovaMBB) January 5, 2019
The Wildcats are scoring 74.9 points per game and are averaging 14.3 dimes per contest. They are making 10.7 three-point baskets per game with an accuracy of 35.5%. Villanova is also grabbing a total of 35.4 rebounds per game and allowing their opponents to score 67.4 points per game which is ranked 72nd in the entire nation.
Marquette is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games played and the Golden Eagles are 5-0 SU in their last five road games. Villanova is 6-4 SU in its last 10 games played. The Wildcats are 4-0 SU in their last four games at home. Head to head, Villanova is 8-2 SU in their last 10 meetings against Marquette.
The Golden Eagles are 12-1 SU in their last 13 games played while the Wildcats are 1-4 in their last five outings. Marquette’s Markus Howard is one of the best scorers in college basketball right now and he had a big game in their first meeting against Villanova. Marquette has also taken a 1.5 game lead in the Big East team standings due to the Wildcats’ struggles.
But the Wildcats are 11-2 SU at home this season and although the Golden Eagles have been solid on the road too, I think that Marquette is in a bad spot here. The Wildcats have their back against the wall and are playing at home. Villanova will be honoring their seniors in their final game at the Finn so we should expect big, emotional games from Phil Booth and Eric Paschall. I like where Villanova’s at in this game. I’ll take the plus money and roll with the underdogs.
I’m picking Villanova to beat Marquette on 2/27/19.
Other Bets To Make
Marquette is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games played and the Golden Eagles are 5-0 ATS in their last five road games. Villanova is 6-4 ATS in its last 10 games played and 3-1 ATS in their last four home games. Head to head, the The Wildcats are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games against the Golden Eagles.
Odds from betonline.ag as of 2/26/19
Marquette is 6-0 ATS in their last six road games, 6-1 ATS in their last seven games after an ATS win, 6-0 ATS in their last six road games against teams with a winning record and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games after a straight up victory. Villanova is 22-8 ATS in their last 30 games at home, 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games after an SU loss and the Wildcats are 54-25 ATS in their last 79 games after an ATS win. I’m picking Villanova to win outright and cover the reasonable spread.
Prediction: Villanova +4.5
The under is 6-3-1 in Marquette’s last 10 games played. The under is 3-2 in the Golden Eagles’ last five road games. The total has gone under in six out of the last 10 games played by Villanova. The under is 3-1 in the Wildcats’ last four games played at home. Head to head, the over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
O 143.5 -110
U 143.5 -110
Odds from betonline.ag as of 2/26/19
Marquette has seen the total go under in five out of their last six game versus teams with winning records. The total has also gone under in seven out of their last 11 games against Big East teams. The under is 4-0 in the Wildcats last four games against teams with winning records and the under is also 6-0 in their last six home games against teams with winning records. Villanova is known for its defense this season and they have what it takes to make this a low-scoring affair.
Prediction: Under 143.5