Elite 8 Odds: Marquette vs. Syracuse
Marquette has covered the spread at the sportsbooks in each of its last five games against Syracuse as those Big East schools meet in Elite Eight betting action late on Saturday afternoon.
The No. 3 Golden Eagles topped the No. 4 Orange 74-71 as a 1.5-point underdog when the teams met back on February 25, and they got past Miami 71-61 as a 5.5-point underdog in the Sweet 16 on Thursday at the Verizon Center.
Syracuse upset top-ranked Indiana 61-50 in their Sweet 16 matchup as an underdog of 5 points to punch their ticket to the Elite Eight.
The Orange will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 18-15-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Golden Eagles are 15-15 ATS. Syracuse is 14-19 against the total, while Marquette is 17-13 versus the number.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 34-rated Golden Eagles and the No. 5-ranked Orange, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 78-72 result in favor of the Orange.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Marquette's No. 135 nationally ranked offense (68.9 points per game) against a Orange defense that sits as the No. 26 at 59.1 PPG. The Golden Eagles have been averaging 46.3% from the field, more than the Orange have managed so far this season (44.1% on average).
Defensively, Syracuse features the nation's No. 49-rated defense on the road, allowing 63.8 points per game. Marquette, meanwhile, comes in at No. 132 nationally in scoring at home.
Syracuse won its last outing, a 61-50 result against Indiana on March 28. They covered in that game as a 5-point underdog. Syracuse earned a 61-50 victory over Indiana on Thursday, getting 24 points from Michael Carter-Williams at Verizon Arena.
Last time out for Marquette, they were a 71-61 winner as they battled Miami on the road. They covered in the match as a 5.5-point underdog. The Golden Eagles got 16 points from Jamil Wilson as Marquette ran past Miami 71-61 on Thursday at Verizon Center.