College Basketball: Big East MARQ vs. XAV
Marquette Golden Eagles (13-6, 4-3 Big East) at Xavier Musketeers (18-3, 6-2 Big East)
January 24, 2018- 6:30 PM ET (TV FS1) Cintas Center, Cincinnati, OH
Let’s turn our attention to college basketball hoops action as we go out to Cincinnati for a Big East clash between the Marquette Golden Eagles and Xavier Musketeers at Cintas Center for a Wednesday night matchup that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Golden Eagles Lines: 5Dimes Spread (+7.5) ML “See Live Odds”
Best Musketeers Lines: MyBookie Spread (-7.5) ML “See Live Odds”
Over/Under: XBet 164.5
The Musketeers (18-3, 6-2) will put their No. 8 national ranking on the line when they welcome in the upset-minded Golden Eagles (13-6, 4-3) as both teams will meet for the second time this season as Marquette will seek to avenge a 91-87 home defeat earlier in the year.
Marquette leading scorer Markus Howard was held in check the first time around with just 13 points on 6-of-19 shooting. Howard on the year is scoring 21.5 points per game and will be focused on having a big game to help his team try to snap the Musketeers four-game winning streak.
The Golden Eagles sit in the middle of the pack in the Big East, 2 games back of Villanova and 1 ½ games back of Xavier and for this matchup will lean on their effective 3-point shooting where in 19 games have made 10 or more from beyond the 3-point arc in 14 of those games.
On the Xavier side of the ball, they sit one-half game back of the Wildcats and one-half game ahead of Creighton making for what will be a must-win game as they look to keep pace in what is a very competitive Big East Conference.
History can be made on Wednesday as Xavier senior guard Trevon Bluiett needs just 13 points to become the Musketeers fifth 2,000 point scorer in team history.
Team scoring has the Golden Eagles averaging 83.1 points per game to 84.5 for Xavier. On defense, Marquette is allowing 75.7 to 73.0 points per game for the Musketeers.
Marquette leads the all-time series 49-23 but it’s been all Xavier with seven wins in their last nine meetings versus their conference foe. For sports betting purposes for our US players, MyBookie is favoring XAV (-7.5) points over MARQ with an over/under of 164.5 total game points scored from XBet.
Liking the way the home team has been playing, I will favor the Musketeers MINUS the points (-7.5) over Marquette for the win as my best betting pick.