The No. 10 Villanova Wildcats (10-2, 1-0 Big East) and the Marquette Golden Eagles (10-3, 0-1 Big East) face off at Fiserv Forum. The Wildcats will try to continue their six-game winning streak. Action gets underway at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 4, 2020.
Villanova Wildcats vs. Marquette Golden Eagles Betting Preview
The last time the Wildcats played, they defeated the Xavier Musketeers, 68-62. Collin Gillespie was the top scorer from either team with 24 points on 9-for-22 shooting. Villanova dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.177 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 13.7 (better than their season average of 15.3). For those same stats, Xavier was 0.121 and 18.3, respectively.
The Golden Eagles are trying to rebound after their 92-75 loss to the Creighton Bluejays in their last matchup. Brendan Bailey was Marquette’s high scorer with 18 points on 7-for-14 shooting. Creighton did a terrific job of making free throws (17-22; 77.3 percent). Marquette, meanwhile, held the Bluejays to an offensive rebounding percentage of 19.4 (below the 27.3 mark opponents have averaged against Marquette this season).
This game should be a showdown of conflicting tempos. Marquette prefers to play fast (52nd in possessions per game), while Villanova is methodical (254th in possessions per game). Also, the Wildcats rank 40th in effective field goal percentage (0.545), while the Golden Eagles rank 23rd in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.436).
This is the first time these teams will battle this year. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Wildcats won the most recent contest 67-61. The Wildcats dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a solid turnover percentage of 9.2 and a superb free throw rate of 0.310. The Golden Eagles put up marks of 25.6 and 0.125, respectively, for those same stats.
Villanova Wildcats at Marquette Golden Eagles Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Villanova, ATS Winner – Villanova, O/U – Over
The Wildcats average 26.5 three pointers per game, which ranks 39th in the NCAA. The Golden Eagles rank 91st in three pointers allowed per game (20.7).
Marquette averages 14.9 assists per game, which ranks 60th in the country. Villanova ranks 144th in assists allowed per game (13.1).
The Golden Eagles rank 34th in rebounds per game (40.3) while the Wildcats rank 111th (37.2).
Marquette ranks 36th in blocks per game (4.7) while Villanova ranks 90th (3.5).
The Golden Eagles’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 15.6, up from 10.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 72.0 points per game (5.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 64.4 points per game (3.1 below their season average).