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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Golden Eagles over Friars

Providence FriarsMarquette Golden Eagles
15-5January 30, 2014, 07:00 | Bradley Center11-9

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

This season, the Golden Eagles are 11-9 overall and 7-11 ATS, while the Friars are 15-5 and 10-8-1 ATS. As for the totals, Marquette boasts a 8-9 on the OU, and Providence is 9-10.

View Providence Friars vs Marquette Golden Eagles Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Marquette sat as -5.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 118-ranked Golden Eagles and the No. 60-rated Friars in this matchup.

In their last action, Providence was an 81-72 winner at home against Xavier. They covered the 1.5-point spread as favorites. The Musketeers were burned for 25 points by Bryce Cotton on Saturday as the Friars put another game in the win column, 81-72, at Dunkin Donuts Center.

Last time out for Marquette, they were a 94-85 loser as they battled Villanova at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point underdog. Davante Gardner poured in 29 points and added 13 rebounds in a losing cause for Marquette on Saturday, as the Wildcats rolled to a 94-85 victory over Marquette at Bradley Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Marquette's No. 150-ranked scoring average of 71.55 PPG, against a Friars defense rated No. 71 and allowing 66.8 PPG. The Golden Eagles FG% has averaged 44.78% to date this season, more than the Friars shooters have managed so far (41.82% per game).

A few Friars at Golden Eagles trends to consider:
Providence is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Providence is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Providence's last 7 games
Providence is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Marquette is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
Marquette is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Marquette is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Marquette's last 8 games at home

Next up:
Providence at DePaul, Saturday, February 1st
Marquette at St. John's, Saturday, February 1st