Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Golden Eagles and Huskies. The game is starting at 3:00 ET on FOX, and it’s hosted by the Huskies at XL Center in Hartford, CT. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 147.5 points, and Connecticut is favored by -7 to win at home against Marquette.

MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES VS CONNECTICUT HUSKIES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Connecticut Huskies -7

This game will be played at XL Center at 3:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE CONNECTICUT HUSKIES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-67 in favor of the Huskies.
  • Not only will Connecticut pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -7.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 147.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Will the Golden Eagles Come Through as Road Underdogs?

Marquette enters this game as a 7-point underdog, and they have gone 4-1 in their five games as the underdog this season. The Golden Eagles have won eight straight games, and they are 19-5 overall. In Big East play, Marquette is 10-3.

On the road, the Golden Eagles are 6-3 this season, and they have won their last five games away from home. Their average scoring margin on the road is +4.1 points per game. In their last 10 road games, Marquette is 7-3.

Marquette has been a strong team against the spread this season, going 14-9-1. They have been even better vs. the spread as the underdog, going 4-0-1 this year. On the road, the Golden Eagles have gone 5-4 vs. the spread this season and are 3-0 in their last three road games vs. the spread.

Marquette’s over/under record for the season is 9-15 and their games have averaged 146.9 points. Today’s over/under line of 147.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (148.8). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 153 points and their over/under record during that stretch is 1-2. For the season, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line.

The Golden Eagles’ offense finished with 78 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 78.8 points per contest. The team’s scoring leader is Tyler Kolek, who holds an average of 16.1 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Oso Ighodaro is averaging 14.2 points per game this season.

The Golden Eagles’ defense is presently ranked 85th nationally, allowing an average of 68.2 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Butler, the Bulldogs finished with a field goal percentage of 40% and a total of 72 points vs. Marquette.

Can The Huskies Secure a Home Victory?

At home this season, the Huskies have been dominant, going 15-0 with an average scoring margin of +23.8 points per game. In their last game, they defeated DePaul by a score of 101-65. Over their last ten games at home, UConn has gone 10-0.

Overall, the Huskies have won 23 of their 25 games, and they are currently riding a 13-game win streak. In Big East play, they are 13-1, and they have been favored in 24 of their 25 games this season.

Connecticut’s ATS record this season is 14-10-1, including an 8-7 mark at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Huskies are 5-4-1 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 147.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Connecticut’s games this season (145.4). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 150 points.

Connecticut’s offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 101 points against DePaul. They had an overall field goal percentage of 56.2% and made 16/22 free throws. Cam Spencer is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 15.2. Meanwhile, Tristen Newton also brings a PPG average of 15 into the game.

This season, the Connecticut defense has been impressive, holding the 21st position in the country while permitting an average of 64.1 points per contest. Connecticut’s three-point defense is currently 40th in the country at 5.7 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 39.9% of their shots vs. Connecticut.