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Marquette Golden Eagles vs Villanova Wildcats Betting Preview

Villanova WildcatsMarquette Golden Eagles
Jan 1, 1:00 PM | Bradley Center

Villanova Wildcats vs Marquette Golden Eagles Odds


Marquette looks to cover the Golden Eagles-Wildcats pointspread on Sunday and improve its overall 11-2 mark when they host Villanova in college basketball action.

Supporters of the Wildcats have watched them go 7-6 and 1-9 ATS on the year, while the Golden Eagles are at 11-2 and 3-6-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Golden Eagles are 5-5, while the Wildcats have a 6-4 mark.

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Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Golden Eagles installed as 10-point favorites in this particular matchup

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 22-rated Golden Eagles and the No. 25-ranked Wildcats, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 86-75 result in favor of the Golden Eagles.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Marquette has the nation's No. 28-rated offensive output, at 78.5 PPG. The visiting Wildcats defense ranks No. 185 allowing on average 67.3 PPG. The Golden Eagles FG% has averaged 46.5% so far, more than the Wildcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.4% per game.

Defensively, Villanova features the nation's No. 198-rated defense on the road, allowing 72.4 points per game. Marquette, meanwhile, comes in at No. 47 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Villanova was an 83-69 loser on the road against West Virginia. They failed to cover the 7–point spread as underdogs. Dominic Cheek scored 20 points in a futile effort to lead the Wildcats to a win (they lost 83-69 to West Virginia at WVU Colliseum on Wednesday).

In their last action, Marquette was a 74-57 loser at home against Vanderbilt. They failed to cover the 8.5–point spread as favorites. Marquette suffered a 74-57 loss against Vanderbilt on Thursday, getting 16 points from Jae Crowder in a losing effort at Bradley Center.

Villanova Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing South Florida are 2-4
After playing West Virginia are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

Marquette Golden Eagles Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Georgetown are 7-2
After playing Vanderbilt are 1-0
After a loss are 7-3

A few Wildcats at Golden Eagles trends to consider:
Villanova is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Villanova is 1-11 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
Marquette is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
Marquette is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Marquette's last 9 games when playing Villanova
Marquette is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Villanova

Next up:
Villanova home to South Florida, Thursday, January 5
Marquette at Georgetown, Wednesday, January 4