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NCAAB betting line favors Golden Eagles over Wildcats

Marquette Golden EaglesVillanova Wildcats
Jan 28, 12:00 PM | Villanova Pavilion

Marquette Golden Eagles vs Villanova Wildcats Odds

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The visiting Golden Eagles hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Villanova Pavilion against the Villanova Wildcats.

Villanova battles the Golden Eagles, currently sitting with a 17-4 mark (9-8-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 14-4 for the Wildcats and 10-8 for the Golden Eagles.

View Marquette vs Villanova Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Villanova sat as 2.5-point underdogs.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 37-ranked Wildcats and the No. 23-rated Golden Eagles in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 84-73 win for the Golden Eagles on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Golden Eagles is ranked No. 116 in NCAA hoops at 36 per game. Contrast that with Villanova’s No. 7 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Villanova is the No. 150-ranked team in the country at 6.4 per game, while Marquette rates No. 189 at 6.1 per game.

Defensively, Marquette features the nation's No. 117-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.8 points per game. Villanova, meanwhile, comes in at No. 102 nationally in scoring at home.

Marquette was a 67-47 winner in their most recent outing at home against South Florida. They covered the 9.5-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Golden Eagles and Bulls didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as South Florida was handed a 67-47 defeat on Tuesday at Bradley Center.

Villanova lost its last outing, an 84-74 result against Louisville on January 25. They failed to cover in that game as a 9.5-point underdog. Villanova suffered an 84-74 loss against Louisville on Wednesday, getting 19 points from Maalik Wayns in a losing effort at KFC Yum! Center.

Marquette Golden Eagles Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Seton Hall are 3-6
After playing South Florida are 3-7
After a win are 7-3

Villanova Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing Louisville are 7-1
After a loss are 5-5

A few Golden Eagles at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Marquette's last 6 games when playing on the road against Villanova
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Marquette's last 10 games on the road
Marquette is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Marquette is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Villanova
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Villanova's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Villanova's last 6 games when playing at home against Marquette
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Villanova's last 10 games when playing Marquette
Villanova is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Marquette

Next up:
Marquette home to Seton Hall, Tuesday, January 31
Villanova at Pittsburgh, Sunday, February 5

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