The Marquette Golden Eagles (10-4, 1-1 Big East) will be at Dunkin’ Donuts Center to meet the Providence Friars (10-5, 1-1 Big East) in a Big East matchup. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 151 points and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
Marquette Golden Eagles at Providence Friars ATS Odds
In their last contest, the Friars were blown out by the 25th-ranked Creighton Bluejays, 83-64, while the Golden Eagles defeated the Georgetown Hoyas, 74-65.
The Golden Eagles forced 25 turnovers and held the Hoyas to an effective field goal percentage of 0.490 (below their season average of 0.546). Providence, meanwhile, held Creighton to an offensive rebounding percentage of 12.1 (below their season average of 26.5). Providence rallied around Rodney Bullock, who had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Andrew Rowsey, meanwhile played a pivotal role for Marquette with 35 points.
Marquette appears to have the edge on the offensive side of the ball. The Golden Eagles currently rank 21st in offensive efficiency, while Providence ranks 162nd in defensive efficiency.
Golden Eagles games have no tendency in regards to the O/U total, as there has been an even split between games finishing over and under. Marquette has a phenomenal 10-4 straight up (SU) record, but they have trouble covering the spread (5-7-1 against the spread (ATS)).
Of the Friars’ 13 games that accepted bets, 9 have finished over the projected point total. Providence is 10-5 SU, but they are just 3-10 ATS.
Bullock has really been playing well recently for Providence, averaging 20.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over the last five games.
The Friars dominated this series last year, winning both games. In the most recent contest, Providence won 73-69. Getting to the charity stripe was one of Providence’s largest advantages. They had 31 free throw attempts, while Marquette had just 10. This is the first time these teams will meet this year.
Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Providence Friars Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Providence, ATS Winner – Providence, O/U – Over
Marquette ranks 10th in three pointers attempted per game (29.4) while Providence ranks 219th (19.1).
The Golden Eagles rank 26th in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while the Friars rank 89th (3.4).
Providence averages 14.8 assists per game, which ranks 98th in the NCAA. Marquette ranks 142nd in assists allowed per game (13.7).
The Friars rank 141st in rebounds per game (36.1) while the Golden Eagles rank 248th (31.9).
Marquette ranks 40th in steals allowed per game (5.3) while Providence ranks 130th (6.9).
Marquette is 3-1 ATS on the road, while Providence is 1-5 ATS at home.
The total has gone over in 3 of the Golden Eagles’ 4 road games, while 5 of the Friars’ 6 home games have gone over.
The Golden Eagles are 2-2-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Friars are 1-3.
In their last five games, Marquette has 3 unders and 2 overs, while Providence has 2 overs and 2 unders.
The Golden Eagles’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 14.8, up from 8.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Friars have scored an average of 73.6 points per game (2.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 72.0 points per game (0.8 above their season average).