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Marquette vs West Virginia Best Bet

The tenth-ranked Marquette Golden Eagles are slight road favorites in Big East betting action on Friday as they visit the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Marquette has never won at WVU but brings the conference's second highest scorer, Darius Johnson-Odom, to the court facing the top scorer, WVU's Kevin Jones.

The Eagles have won 11 of 12 overall and face a West Virginia team that has struggled to a 1-6 SU mark against ranked foes.

This season, the Mountaineers are 17-11 overall and 13-12 ATS ATS, while the Golden Eagles are 23-5 and 13-10-2 ATS against the number. As for the totals, West Virginia boasts a 15-10 on the OU, and Marquette is 16-9.

View Marquette vs West Virginia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening college basketball point spread for this matchup, West Virginia sat as 1.5-point favorites at TopBet. The over-under was sitting at 143.5 at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 15-rated Mountaineers and the No. 22-ranked Golden Eagles, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 82-76 result in favor of the Golden Eagles.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits West Virginia's No. 80-ranked offense, averaging 72.2 PPG, against a Golden Eagles defense that ranks No. 134 at 65.5 PPG. The Mountaineers field goal percentage has averaged 44.9% so far, less than the Golden Eagles marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.3% per game.

Defensively, Marquette features the nation's No. 186-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.3 points per game. West Virginia, meanwhile, comes in at No. 72 nationally in scoring at home.

Marquette was an 82-65 winner in their most recent outing at home against Rutgers. They covered the 11.5-point spread as favorites. The Golden Eagles got a terrific 27-point effort from Jae Crowder as Marquette defeated Rutgers 82-65 on Wednesday at Bradley Center.

In their last action, West Virginia was a 71-44 loser on the road against Notre Dame. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. West Virginia was run off the court by the Fighting Irish on Wednesday as Notre Dame routed them 71-44 at Joyce Center.

Marquette Golden Eagles Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Cincinnati are 9-1
After playing Rutgers are 4-2
After a win are 9-1

West Virginia Mountaineers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing DePaul are 4-2
After playing Notre Dame are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3


A few Golden Eagles at Mountaineers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Marquette's last 5 games on the road
Marquette is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Marquette is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of West Virginia's last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of West Virginia's last 5 games when playing Marquette
West Virginia is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 12 of West Virginia's last 18 games

Next up:
Marquette at Cincinnati, Wednesday, February 29
West Virginia home to DePaul, Tuesday, February 28