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Xavier Musketeers face Marquette Golden Eagles: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Xavier MusketeersMarquette Golden Eagles
17-7February 15, 2014, 04:00 | Bradley Center14-10

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

The Musketeers will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 14-8 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Golden Eagles are 9-12-1 ATS. Xavier is 10-12 against the total, while Marquette is 10-10-1 versus the number.

View Xavier Musketeers vs Marquette Golden Eagles Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Musketeers were listed as 3-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 237-rated Golden Eagles and the No. 157-ranked Musketeers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Xavier was a 64-50 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Butler. They covered the 1.5-point spread as favorites. Xavier got 15 points from Semaj Christon en route to a 64-50 victory over Butler on Tuesday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Last time out for Marquette, they were a 77-66 winner as they battled Seton Hall on the road. They covered in the match as a 1.5-point underdog. Jamil Wilson scored 25 points and helped out with 10 rebounds for Marquette on Tuesday, leading the Golden Eagles to a 77-66 victory over Seton Hall at Prudential Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Marquette's No. 162-ranked scoring average of 70.71 PPG, against a Musketeers defense rated No. 71 and allowing 66.75 PPG. The Golden Eagles FG% has averaged 44.19% to date this season, less than the Musketeers shooters have managed so far (47.04% per game).

A few Musketeers at Golden Eagles trends to consider:
Xavier is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games
Xavier is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Xavier is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Xavier's last 5 games
Marquette is 3-9-1 ATS in its last 13 games
Marquette is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Marquette's last 6 games
Marquette is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Xavier home to DePaul, Wednesday, February 19th
Marquette at Creighton, Wednesday, February 19th