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NCAA hoops odds preview - Marquette vs. Wisconsin

Marquette Golden EaglesWisconsin Badgers
5-3December 07, 2013, 02:15 | Kohl Center9-0

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Kohl Center Saturday as host Wisconsin looks to handle the Marquette Golden Eagles in NCAA hoops action.

The Golden Eagles will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 3-3 ATS against the number this season, while the Badgers are 5-3-1 ATS. Marquette is 2-3 on the totals; Wisconsin is 4-4.

View Marquette Golden Eagles vs Wisconsin Badgers Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 9.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Badgers - Golden Eagles odds would favor the Badgers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Wisconsin is rated No. 24 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Marquette is at No. 70.

Marquette was a 67-59 loser in their most recent outing at home against San Diego State. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. The Golden Eagles were burned for 27 points by Xavier Thames on Sunday as the Aztecs put another game in the win column, 67-59, at Honda Center.

Wisconsin won its last outing, a 48-38 result against Virginia on December 4. They covered in that game as a 4-point underdog. The Badgers got 11 points from Josh Gasser as Wisconsin ran past Virginia 48-38 on Wednesday at John Paul Jones Arena.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Wisconsin's No. 184-rated squad against Marquette's No. 25-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Wisconsin rates No. 28 in the country with 8.44 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 220 nationally with 4.62 per match.

A few Golden Eagles at Badgers trends to consider:
Marquette is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
Marquette is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Marquette's last 5 games on the road
Marquette is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Wisconsin
Wisconsin is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Wisconsin is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Wisconsin is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Wisconsin is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Marquette

Next up:
Marquette home to IUPUI, Saturday, December 14th
Wisconsin at Wisc-Milwaukee, Wednesday, December 11th