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Marquette Golden Eagles vs Villanova Wildcats Betting Matchup Report

Villanova WildcatsMarquette Golden Eagles
16-2January 25, 2014, 02:00 | Bradley Center11-8

The Marquette Golden Eagles hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the Villanova Wildcats pay a visit to Bradley Center on the college basketball betting menu.

This season, the Golden Eagles are 11-8 overall and 7-10 ATS, while the Wildcats are 16-2 and 12-4 ATS. As for the totals, Marquette boasts a 7-9 on the OU, and Villanova is 12-4.

View Villanova Wildcats vs Marquette Golden Eagles Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Marquette in this one found them as 2.5-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Golden Eagles at No. 63 and the Wildcats at No. 2 heading into this contest.

Villanova was a 96-68 loser in their most recent outing at home against Creighton. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites. Villanova was crushed on Monday, getting blown out by Creighton and falling by a 96-68 score at Villanova Pavilion.

Marquette was an 80-72 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Georgetown. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Marquette got 20 points from Davante Gardner en route to an 80-72 victory over Georgetown on Monday at Verizon Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Marquette's No. 166-ranked scoring average of 70.84 PPG, against a Wildcats defense rated No. 77 and allowing 67.11 PPG. The Golden Eagles FG% has averaged 44.48% to date this season, less than the Wildcats shooters have managed so far (45.74% per game).

A few Wildcats at Golden Eagles trends to consider:
Villanova is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Villanova is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Villanova's last 5 games
Villanova is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Marquette is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Marquette's last 7 games
Marquette is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Marquette is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Villanova at Georgetown, Monday, January 27th
Marquette at Providence, Thursday, January 30th