The Friars and Golden Eagles are set to face off at 8:00 ET on FS1. The Golden Eagles will host the game at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. This Big East conference matchup has an over/under of 136.5 points, and Marquette is favored to win by -4.5 at home vs. Providence.

PROVIDENCE FRIARS VS MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Marquette Golden Eagles -4.5

This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 8:00 ET on Friday, March 15th.

WHY BET THE MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Golden Eagles.
  • Not only will Marquette pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 136.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the Friars Exceed Expectations on the Road?

Providence enters this game as a 4.5-point underdog, and they are 6-8 this season when tabbed as the underdog. So far, the Friars are 19-12 overall, and they have won two straight games.

Playing on the road, Providence has gone 6-7 this season, and their average scoring margin is -1.0 points per game. Over their last 10 road games, the Friars are 5-5.

As the underdog this season, Providence has gone 10-4 vs. the spread. On the road, the Friars have an ATS mark of 10-3 this year and are 8-2 in their last 10 road games vs. the spread. Overall, Providence is 20-13 vs. the spread this season.

Providence’s over/under record for the season is 14-19 and today’s over/under line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (141.8). In their last three games, the average scoring total is 137 points compared to their season average of 141.7 points per game.

In their most recent game, the Friars’ offense tallied 78 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 73 points per game. Leading the team in scoring is Devin Carter, who is averaging 19.5 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Josh Oduro also maintains a PPG average of 16.3 heading into game.

So far, the Friars’ defense is ranked 82nd in the country at 68.7 points per contest. Providence’s three-point defense is currently 118th in the country at 7.0 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 41.8% of their shots vs. Providence.

Will Marquette Live Up to Expectations at Home?

Marquette has been fantastic at home this season, going 16-3 with an average scoring margin of +15.3. Over their last 10 games at home, they have gone 8-2. They are favored by 4.5 points today, and they have gone 19-4 when favored this season.

The Golden Eagles are 23-8 overall and 14-6 in Big East play. In their last game, they beat Xavier 86-80. Over their last five games, they have gone 4-1.

Marquette has been a solid team against the spread this season, going 18-12-1. At home, the Golden Eagles have an ATS mark of 12-6-1. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Marquette has gone 9-1 vs. the spread.

Marquette’s over/under record this season sits at 13-18 and today’s line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line in its games (149.8). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and their matchups have averaged 147 points compared to their season average of 149 points per game.

The Marquette offense is coming off a game where they scored 86 points against Xavier. They posted a field goal percentage of 56.9% and connected on 8 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Kam Jones, who holds an average of 16.7 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Oso Ighodaro is averaging 14 points per game this season.

Currently, the Golden Eagles’ defense holds the 102nd rank in the nation, allowing 69.7 points per game. Marquette’s three-point defense is currently 212nd in the country at 8.4 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 42.7% of their shots vs. Marquette.