Marquette meets Miami in Sweet 16
The No. 2 Miami Hurricanes will hit the hardwood in Sweet 16 betting action at the Verizon Center on Thursday, and they'll be battling No. 3 Marquette for the trip to the Elite Eight.
Miami held on for a 63-59 win over Illinois in the Round of 32 on Sunday night, failing to cover the 8-point spread on the NCAA Tournament betting lines in the victory. Marquette just covered a 1.5-point spread in a 74-72 win over Butler in their last game.
This season, the Hurricanes are 29-6 overall and 20-10-2 ATS ATS, while the Golden Eagles are 25-8 and 14-15 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Miami boasts a 12-17-1 on the OU, and Marquette is 16-13.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 11-rated Hurricanes and the No. 34-ranked Golden Eagles, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 75-71 result in favor of the Hurricanes.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Golden Eagles rank No. 150 in NCAA Division 1 with 35.2 per game. That compares with Miami’s No. 117 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Miami is college basketball's No. 87-ranked team at 7 per game, while the Golden Eagles rate No. 331 with 4.3 per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Marquette owns the country's No. 28-rated mark, allowing 61.7 points per game on the highway. Miami, on the other hand, rates No. 145 in scoring at home.
Marquette was a 74-72 winner in their most recent outing at home against Butler. They covered the 1.5-point spread as favorites. Marquette got 29 points from Vander Blue en route to a 74-72 victory over Butler on Saturday at Rupp Arena.
Last time out for Miami, they were a 63-59 winner as they battled Illinois at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point favorite. Rion Brown scored 21 points leading the Hurricanes to a 63-59 victory over Illinois at Frank Erwin Center on Sunday.
A few Golden Eagles at Hurricanes trends to consider:
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Miami's last 10 games