Looking to win big? The Musketeers and Golden Eagles face off at 5:00 ET on FS1. The Golden Eagles are hosting the game at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI. The odds for this Big East conference game currently have Marquette as the -10.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 158.5 points.

XAVIER MUSKETEERS VS MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Xavier Musketeers +10.5

This game will be played at Fiserv Forum at 5:00 ET on Sunday, February 25th.

WHY BET THE XAVIER MUSKETEERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-69 in favor of the Golden Eagles.
  • Even though we have Marquette winning straight-up, we like Xavier at +10.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 158.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Can the Musketeers Pull Off a Win at Milwaukee?

Coming into this game, Xavier has lost three straight games, and they have gone 2-9 as the underdog this season. They are 13-13 overall, including a 7-8 record in Big East play.

On the road, the Musketeers have gone just 3-7 this season, and their average scoring margin is -3.7 points per game.

As the underdog, Xavier has gone 6-4-1 vs. the spread this season. On the road, their ATS mark is 6-4. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Musketeers are 5-4-1.

This season, the over/under record for Xavier games is 14-12 and today’s line of 158.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (148.9). Over their last three games, their games have averaged 153 points compared to their season average of 148.9 points per game.

In their most recent game, the Musketeers’ offense tallied 75 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 75.7 points per game. The team’s top scorer is Quincy Olivari, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 19.1, while Desmond Claude also maintains a PPG average of 16.1 leading up to the game.

The Musketeers’ defense is presently ranked 210th nationally, allowing an average of 73.2 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Providence, the Friars finished with a field goal percentage of 42% and a total of 79 points vs. Xavier.

Will Marquette Find a Way to Win at Home?

Marquette has been dominant at home this season, going 14-2 with an average scoring margin of +15.7 points per game. Their home win streak is currently at four games, and over their last 10 games at home, they have gone 9-1. On the year, they have been favored in 20 of their 26 games, going 16-4 in those contests.

Coming off a 105-71 win over DePaul, the Golden Eagles have a record of 20-6 this season, including an 11-4 mark in Big East play. In non-conference action, they went 9-2. So far, they have gone 6-4 on the road, compared to their mark of 14-2 at home.

Marquette has been a solid team vs the spread this season with a record of 15-10-1. At home, their ATS mark is 10-5-1 and they have gone 7-3 vs the spread in their last 10 games as the favorite. For the year, they are 11-9 vs the spread when favored.

This season, the over/under record for Marquette games is 10-16. So far, the average point total in their games is 147.5. Today’s over/under line of 158.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games this year (148.8). Their last three games have averaged 152 points.

Marquette is fresh off a strong offensive showing, putting up 105 points versus DePaul. This output is higher than their season-average of 78.8 points per game. For the season, the Marquette offense has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 48%. So far, they have hit 57% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 8.9 made three’s per contest.

At this time, the Golden Eagles’ defense is positioned 97th in the country, permitting 68.8 points per game. In their previous game vs. DePaul, the Blue Demons finished with a field goal percentage of 59% and a total of 71 points vs. Marquette.