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Big East Tournament - NCAA hoops odds preview - Marquette vs. Xavier

Marquette Golden EaglesXavier Musketeers
17-14March 13, 2014, 09:30 | Madison Square Garden20-11

The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Xavier and Marquette on Thursday, with the host Musketeers trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Golden Eagles will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 11-17-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Musketeers are 17-12 ATS. Marquette is 16-11-1 against the total, while Xavier is 14-15 versus the number.View Marquette Golden Eagles vs Xavier Musketeers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Musketeers as 0-point on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

The Musketeers - Golden Eagles odds would favor the Golden Eagles if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Xavier is rated No. 211 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Marquette is at No. 199.

Last time out for Marquette, they were a 91-90 loser as they battled St. John's at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 3-point favorite. The Golden Eagles endured a 91-90 loss at the hands of the Red Storm on Saturday, despite a 21-point effort from Davante Gardner at Bradley Center.

Xavier was a 77-70 loser in their most recent outing at home against Villanova. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. The Musketeers got 20 points from Justin Martin, but it was Villanova that prevailed in a 77-70 final on Thursday at Cintas Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Xavier has the nation's No. 113-rated offensive output, at 72.16 PPG. The visiting Golden Eagles defense ranks No. 114 allowing on average 68.74 PPG. The Musketeers FG% has averaged 47% so far, more than the Golden Eagles marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.1% per game.

A few Golden Eagles at Musketeers trends to consider:
Marquette is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Marquette is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Marquette's last 9 games
Marquette is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Xavier
Xavier is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
Xavier is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games
Xavier is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Marquette