NCAA Basketball Picks: Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights
No. 15 Marquette Golden Eagles at Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Tuesday, 3/5/13, 7:00 PM EST, TV: ESPN3
Opening Point Spread: Marquette -6.5
Current Betting Line: Marquette -6.5
Opening Total: N/A
Current Total: N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Marquette has won and covered the spread in four of its last five games, including a 72-64 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as six-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the total in two consecutive contests. “I have been disappointed in our team zero times in their attitude,” commented Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams. The Golden Eagles have won six consecutive games against the Scarlet Knights by an average of 17.2 points per game, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball picks against the spread. Marquette is 37-20 ATS versus Big East Conference foes the last two-plus seasons.
The Golden Eagles have really been led by the play of their bench this season, as the group is currently contributing 30.9 points per game, which is the third-most nationally in that particular category. Marquette received just 16.6 points per game from its second unit during the 2011-12 season. Dating back to the 2008-09 campaign, the program is 87-10 when finishing the game with a field goal percentage even-or-better than its opponents.
Rutgers has lost four games in a row, including a 64-51 setback to the Georgetown Hoyas as 13.5-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the posted total of 121. “Its toughness,” commented Scarlet Knights coach Mike Rice. “It’s very frustrating.” The Scarlet Knights have dropped 11 of their last 12 games against ranked opponents, including the last six by an average of 10.0 points. Offensively, the team is led by the play of sophomore guard Myles Mack, who is averaging 13.3 points per game. Rutgers is 6-10 ATS versus conference rivals, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball odds page.
The Scarlet Knights are 12-1 when outshooting their opponents this season, while posting a 10-3 record when leading at the break. Rutgers has been dealing with the loss of sophomore guard Eli Carter since Feb. 16, as he suffered a season-ending right leg injury—playing in all 24 games and averaging 14.9 points at that point in time.
Sports bettors will likely back the Golden Eagles due to their 30-14-1 ATS mark on the road versus a team with a winning home record.
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