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College basketball point spread favors Wildcats in battle with Golden Eagles

Marquette Golden EaglesVillanova Wildcats
17-11March 02, 2014, 02:00 | Villanova Pavilion25-3

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Marquette when they take on the Villanova Wildcats on Sunday in college hoops betting action.

The Golden Eagles will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 10-15-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Wildcats are 18-8 ATS. Marquette is 14-10-1 on the totals; Villanova is 17-9.

View Marquette Golden Eagles vs Villanova Wildcats Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 11.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 55-ranked Wildcats and the No. 186-rated Golden Eagles in this matchup.

Last time out for Marquette, they were a 75-73 winner as they battled Georgetown at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 4-point favorite. The Hoyas were burned for 26 points by Davante Gardner on Thursday as the Golden Eagles put another game in the win column, 75-73, at Bradley Center.

Villanova was a 67-48 winner in its last match at home against Butler. They covered the 15-point spread as favorites. The Wildcats grabbed a 67-48 win over the Bulldogs on Wednesday, behind a 11-point effort from James Bell at Villanova Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Golden Eagles is ranked No. 87 in NCAA hoops at 36.14 per game. Contrast that with Villanova’s No. 46 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Villanova is the No. 6-ranked team in the country at 9.18 per game, while Marquette rates No. 237 at 4.64 per game.

Next up:
Marquette at Providence, Tuesday, March 4th
Villanova at Xavier, Thursday, March 6th