College Basketball Picks: Xavier Musketeers vs. Marquette Golden Eagles
Xavier Musketeers vs. Marquette Golden Eagles
Saturday, 2/15/14, 4:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Marquette -3.5
Current Betting Line: Marquette -3.5
Opening Total: N/A
Current Total: N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Xavier has won back-to-back games, including a 64-50 victory over the Butler Bulldogs as two-point road underdogs last time out, while going UNDER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest. The Musketeers have three probable starters averaging in double figures, with sophomore guard Semaj Christon leading the way at 16.8 points a contest, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks. Xavier is 1-4 ATS in its last five Big East Conference games.
The Musketeers are first in the Big East in out-rebounding opponents by an average of 5.8 boards per game, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page. Xavier is 3-3 SU on the road this season, while it sits 37th in the latest NCAA RPI Rankings. Last season the program had only seven players averaging 9.0 minutes or more per game, but this year it has nine players to call upon.
Marquette has also won two games in a row, including a 77-66 victory over the Seton Hall Pirates as 1.5-point road underdogs last time out, while going OVER the betting total in each of those affairs. The Golden Eagles still possess the league’s top-ranked scoring defense, while its 40.6 defensive field goal percentage is second behind the Georgetown Hoyas. Offensively, the team has just one probable starter averaging in double figures, with forward Jamil Wilson scoring 12.1 points a contest. Marquette is 3-9-1 ATS in its last 13 games overall.
The Golden Eagles own a 46-16 SU overall advantage in this series—at one point claiming 26-straight victories from 1969 to 1983. Marquette has claimed two victories in a row on just four occasions during the 2013-14 campaign, which makes the end of the schedule very important in hopes of landing a spot in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Head coach Buzz Williams has featured four different starting lineups in the last five games.
Sports bettors will likely back the Golden Eagles due to the Musketeers being 1-4 ATS in their last five games versus teams with a winning record.
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