The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-15) and Marquette Golden Eagles (22-5) will face off in a Big East Conference showdown Wednesday night inside the Bradley Center

Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Marquette Golden Eagles

The Marquette Golden Eagles are one of the hottest teams in college basketball

Rutgers will play its third consecutive nationally-ranked opponent when it travels to Milwaukee, while also looking to snap a five-game losing streak.  The Scarlet Knights were handed a 74-64 loss by the Syracuse Orange as 11-point home underdogs last time out.  “I thought as far as the fight and the compete, this was probably one of the more consistent games we’ve played all month,” commented Scarlet Knights head coach Mike Rice.  Rutgers is 5-6 ATS as a road underdog of 9.5 to 12 points and the “over” is 7-4 in that particular situation the last two-plus seasons.

The Scarlet Knights have three freshman in the starting lineup heading into this contest, with guard Eli Carter leading the team in averaging 13.6 points per game.  He has scored in double figures in 20 games this season and ranks fourth among freshman in scoring with 13.9 points per game during Big East play.  Rutgers is 1-7 in true road games during the 2011-12 campaign, while also failing to win its last 16 games against ranked opponents when playing away from home.

Marquette is certainly one of the hottest teams in the nation and will look to win and cover its fourth-straight games tonight.  The Golden Eagles are coming off a dominating 79-64 win over the Connecticut Huskies as three-point road underdogs.  Total players will be interested in knowing that the program has gone “over” the total in four consecutive games.  “Despite the injuries to our roster, I think our guys have shown incredible determination and fight,” stated Golden Eagles head coach Buzz Williams.  Marquette is 9-10 ATS as a favorite and the “over” is 13-7 in that situation.

The Golden Eagles have just four games remaining in the regular season and own a share of second place with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for second place in the Big East.  Marquette is trying to earn a double by to the quarterfinals in the Big East Conference championship.  Guard Darius Johnson-Odom is the player to watch offensively, averaging 18.6 points per game on 45.1 percent shooting from the field.  The program has also managed to win 20-plus games in each of the last seven seasons.

Bettors will likely back the Scarlet Knights due to their 9-4 ATS mark as an underdog of 7.0 to 12.5 points, while the Golden Eagles are 1-5 ATS as a favorite in the same point range.

Recommendation: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +12

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