NCAA Basketball Picks: Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Louisville Cardinals

No. 25 Marquette Golden Eagles at No. 12 Louisville Cardinals
Sunday, 2/3/13, 2:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPN
Opening Point Spread:  Louisville -10.5
Current Betting Line:  Louisville -10.5
Opening Total:  131.5
Current Total:  132.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Louisville Cardinals generate 32 percent of their scoring off turnovers
The Louisville Cardinals generate 32 percent of their scoring off turnovers

Marquette has won back-to-back home games since suffering its last defeat, which includes a 63-50 victory over the South Florida Bulls as 11-point home favorites last Monday, while going UNDER the posted total of 125.  The Golden Eagles were led by junior guard Vander Blue’s career-high 30 points, which was the first time a player in the program reached that number in a victory since 2006.  Marquette is 16-5 ATS as an underdog the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 18-3 in that situation.

The Golden Eagles are always dangerous when getting points on the college basketball odds page, but they’ve gone 26-42 all-time against the Cardinals, including an 84-71 setback as 3.5-point favorites in the last meetings on March 8 of last year.  Marquette is definitely one of the deeper teams in the Big East Conference, as its bench accounts for 43.8 percent of the team’s total offensive production.  A total of 10 players are averaging at least 10.9 minutes per game.

Louisville opens the month of February with its second straight home game, as it snapped a three-game losing streak in picking up a 64-61 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers as six-point favorites last time out.  The Cardinals rank second nationally in turnover margin, which has created 32 percent of their points scored during the 2012-13 NCAA basketball campaign.  Louisville is 4-2 ATS as a home favorite of 9.5 to 12 points over the last two-plus seasons, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball expert picks on Super Bowl Sunday.

The Cardinals will be wearing their special “White Out” uniforms in this affair, while head coach Rick Pitino normally dons a white suit for the event.  Louisville has endured some shooting woes over the last seven games—hitting on just 41.6 percent of its shots and averaging 65.3 points per game during that stretch.  The program still ranks sixth in the country with a scoring margin of 16.1 points per game.

Sports bettors will likely back the Cardinals due to their 6-1 ATS mark when playing on Sunday.

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