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Marquette Golden Eagles vs Musketeers College Hoops Game Preview

Marquette Golden EaglesXavier Musketeers
9-6January 09, 2014, 09:00 | Cintas Center12-3

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Thursday when the Xavier Musketeers try to run the Marquette Golden Eagles off the court at Cintas Center in college hoops action.

The Musketeers bring a 12-3 record (9-4 ATS) to this tilt against the 9-6 Golden Eagles, who are 6-7 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Xavier go 5-8 so far and the Golden Eagles go 5-7.

View Marquette Golden Eagles vs Xavier Musketeers Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Xavier sat as -4-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Musketeers rated this week at No. 49 and the Golden Eagles sitting at No. 28.

In their last action, Marquette was a 66-56 winner at home against DePaul. They failed to cover the 12-point spread as favorites. Marquette got 28 points from Davante Gardner en route to a 66-56 victory over DePaul on Saturday at Bradley Center.

Last time out for Xavier, they were a 79-68 winner as they battled Butler at home. They covered in the match as a 5.5-point favorite. Xavier got 20 points from Semaj Christon en route to a 79-68 victory over Butler on Saturday at Cintas Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Xavier's No. 125 nationally ranked offense (73.73 points per game) against a Golden Eagles defense that sits as the No. 18 at 61.53 PPG. The Musketeers have been averaging 46.86% from the field, more than the Golden Eagles have managed so far this season (45.26% on average).

A few Golden Eagles at Musketeers trends to consider:
Marquette is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Marquette is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Marquette's last 6 games
Marquette is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Xavier is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Xavier is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Xavier's last 6 games
Xavier is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Marquette home to Seton Hall, Saturday, January 11th
Xavier at Creighton, Sunday, January 12th