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Wildcats open as college hoops underdog vs Golden Eagles

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

Marquette Golden Eagles vs Villanova Wildcats Odds

17-4TEAM RECORD10-11

Marquette travels to Villanova on Saturday, hoping to boost its 17-4 record with a victory over the Wildcats.

This season, the Wildcats are 10-11 overall and 6-12 ATS ATS, while the Golden Eagles are 17-4 and 9-8-1 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Villanova boasts a 14-4 on the OU, and Marquette is 10-8.

View Marquette vs Villanova Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Wildcats as 2.5-point underdogs in this matchupl.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Wildcats, most recently No. 37 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Golden Eagles, who rate No. 23 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 84-73 victory for the Golden Eagles.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Golden Eagles rank No. 116 in NCAA Division 1 with 36 per game. That compares with Villanova’s No. 7 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Villanova is college basketball's No. 150-ranked team at 6.4 per game, while the Golden Eagles rate No. 189 with 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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