The Marquette Golden Eagles (12-2) and Georgetown Hoyas (12-1) are set to meet up in a Big East Conference matchup Wednesday night inside the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.
Marquette Golden Eagles at Georgetown Hoyas
Marquette hits the road for a pair of Big East Conference matchups against nationally ranked opponents this weekend. The Golden Eagles have alternated wins and losses over their past five games, coming off an 81-77 victory over the Villanova Wildcats on Jan. 1. “Everybody was down on themselves after the loss, just trying to figure out ways for us to get better,” stated Golden Eagles leading scorer Darius Johnson-Odom. The program will now look to start conference play 2-0 for the second-straight season. Marquette is 18-6 ATS as an underdog the past two-plus seasons.
The Golden Eagles are always looking to shoot 50 percent-or-better from the field, owning a 39-3 record when hitting that mark since the 2008-09 season. Marquette ahs nine players that are averaging at least 10 minutes per game and six are averaging at least 7.1 points per contest. Getting to the charity stripe is also important for this team, collecting 262 points from the free throw line and its opponents attempting just 256.
Georgetown has won 10 games in a row and will be looking to capture 11 straight victories for the first time since the 2006-07 season. The Hoyas posted a pair of impressive victories last week, tallying a 71-68 victory over the Louisville Cardinals and 49-40 home win over the Providence Friars. “Walking into this year, the world probably knew very little about our team, so I’m not surprised that’s where we were picked,” stated Hoyas head coach John Thompson III. Georgetown is 13-16 ATS at home the past two-plus seasons.
The Hoyas have registered three wins over top 25 teams thus far, as they get ready to try and improve upon their 6-5 mark in this particular series. Georgetown has proven victorious in the last two meetings, including a 69-60 win as 5.5-point home favorites a year ago. Senior guard Jason Clark is the leader of the offense, averaging 15.1 points per game, which is 17th in the conference.
Bettors will likely back the Golden Eagles due to their 17-7-1 ATS mark on the road against winning home teams, while the Hoyas are 1-7 ATS versus conference opponents.
Recommendation: Marquette Golden Eagles (+4.5)
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