NCAA Basketball Picks: South Florida Bulls vs. Marquette Golden Eagles
South Florida Bulls at Marquette Golden Eagles
Monday, 1/28/12, 9:00 PM EST, TV: ESPNU
Opening Point Spread: Marquette -10.5
Current Betting Line: Marquette -10.5
Opening Total: 121
Current Total: 121
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
South Florida has dropped six of its last seven games, including a 73-65 setback to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as 3.5-point home underdogs Saturday, while going OVER the posted total of 118.5. The Bulls have two projected starters averaging in double figures, with junior forward Victor Rudd leading the way, scoring 10.7 points and grabbing 7.0 rebounds per game. Despite its recent woes, it’s important to note that the program has turned the ball over seven times or less in its last three games. South Florida is 0-3 ATS as a road underdog of 9.5 to 12 points the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 2-1 in those contests.
The Bulls are very good in defending the perimeter, with opponents shooting just 29..2 percent from the 3-point area, which ranks 27th in college basketball. South Florida also currently ranks seventh nationally in turning the ball over just 10.5 times per game. Offensively, the team relies on numerous players to put the ball in the basket, with seven different players leading the way in scoring this year.
Marquette has won seven of its last eight games, including an 81-71 triumph over the Providence Friars as eight-point home favorites, while going OVER the total for the third time in four contests. The Golden Eagles had four players finish in double figures in points, with a total of seven netting at least eight points in the box score. The program is 17-3 all-time in this series, including wins in 10 of the last 11 meetings. Marquette is 11-5 ATS when playing with one or less days rest the last two-plus seasons, which can’t be ignored when making your NCAA basketball picks Monday night.
The Golden Eagles are currently in possession of a 20-game winning streak at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, which is tied for the fifth-longest active streak in the nation. Marquette owns an impressive overall record of 324-87 and 50-13 mark in Big East Conference play at the facility. Through six conference outings, the program is hitting 74.3 percent of its shots from the charity stripe, which has resulted into an average of 6.3 more points per contest than its opponent at the free throw line.
Sports bettors will likely back the Golden Eagles due to their 10-4 ATS mark in their last 14 Big East games, while the Bulls are 2-6 ATS in the same situation.
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