College Basketball Picks: Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Arizona State Sun Devils

Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Arizona State Sun Devils
Monday, 11/25/13, 9:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Arizona State -6.5
Current Betting Line:  Arizona State -6
Opening Total:  135.5
Current Total:  135.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Arizona State Sun Devils have won their first five games of the 2013-14 season
The Arizona State Sun Devils have won their first five games of the 2013-14 season

Marquette opens a five-game road swing when it faces Arizona State, as it comes off a 58-53 victory over New Hampshire as 20-point home favorites last Thursday.  The Golden Eagles hope to continue a trend of recent success in regular-season tournaments, as they’ve claimed four titles since the 2004-05 campaign, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks Monday night.  Through the first four of the 2013-14 campaign, the program has struggled to find itself offensively, but it ranks 19th in the country in allowing just 58.0 points per game.  Marquette is 2-0 ATS as road underdogs of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Golden Eagles currently lead the Big East Conference in grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game, with eight players contributing at least 3.0 boards per contest.  Marquette senior center Chris Otule is back for this sixth season after receiving a medical hardship, as he prepares to make his 97 career outing for the program.  The Texas native ranks fifth on the school’s all-time list with 116 career blocked shots.

Arizona State is looking to start a season 6-0 for the first time since the 1980-81 campaign, as it comes off a 70-58 victory over the Bradley Braves as 16.5-point home favorites last Friday.  The Sun Devils are led by the play of point guard Jahii Carson, who has led the program to a 27-13 record since he arrived on campus, with the offense averaging 73.4 points per game.  The team is 20-4 SU at home the past two seasons, including wins over three teams that made the NCAA Tournament last year.  Arizona State is 2-3 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Sun Devils certainly have a defensive presence inside with center Jordan Bachynski, who is the school’s all-time leader with 203 blocked shots.  Carson is receiving help on the offensive end with graduate transfer Jermaine Marshall, who averaged 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists as a member of the Penn State Nittany Lions last year.

Sports bettors will likely back the Golden Eagles due to their 10-1 ATS mark on the road following three or more consecutive home games.

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