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Marquette Golden Eagles Open as College Basketball Underdog vs Xavier Musketeers

The Marquette Golden Eagles will try to pay off for their supporters and betting fans on Saturday when they play host to the Xavier Musketeers at Bradley Center in NCAA basketball odds action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Marquette Golden Eagles betting line opened as 7-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at BetOnline but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening over/under total as well at MyBookie.

Xavier Musketeers vs Marquette Golden Eagles Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Xavier Musketeers will look to cover the spread vs the Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday, as the Musketeers are 11-5 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Golden Eagles are 7-9 ATS. Xavier is 9-6-1 against the total, while Marquette is 12-4 versus the total betting line.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 81-ranked Marquette Golden Eagles and the No. 9-rated Xavier Musketeers in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Marquette's No. 86-ranked scoring average of 77.24 PPG, against a Xavier Musketeers defense rated No. 55 and allowing 66 PPG. The Marquette Golden Eagles FG% has averaged 46.3% to date this season, more than the Xavier Musketeers shooters have managed so far (45.47% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Xavier cruised to victory on Tuesday, running DePaul out of the gym and running up a 84-64 score at Cintas Center.

The Golden Eagles got 17 points from Haanif Cheatham, but it was Villanova that prevailed in a 83-68 final on Wednesday at Villanova Pavilion.

Betting Trends
  • Xavier is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Xavier is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games
  • Xavier is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Xavier is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Marquette is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Marquette is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Marquette's last 7 games
  • Marquette is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Xavier home to Georgetown, Tuesday, January 19th
Marquette at DePaul, Wednesday, January 20th