Villanova vs Marquette NCAA Hoops Pick
The top ranked Villanova Wildcats head to Marquette this Saturday, on National Marquette Day, for some Big East basketball action. The Marquette Golden Eagles (18-10) are in fifth place in the Big East, and they are coming off a 66-61 win at Creighton on Wednesday. The Wildcats (24-4) are now in a tie atop the Big East, having fallen to co-leader Xavier on Wednesday on the road, 90-83. Find out more of this game’s NCAAB betting lines here.
Villanova Wildcats vs Marquette Golden Eagles NCAA Hoops Pick
When: Saturday, February 27, 2016, 2:00 PM ET
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
Radio: 540 AM ESPN Radio
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
NCAAB Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on the Wildcats?
This is definitely an Angry Revenge Theory game. Xavier was able to exploit Villanova’s weaknesses inside in their win on Wednesday, but Villanova will not have that same sort of disadvantage when they take on the Golden Eagles. How does this theory work? An elite team (Villanova) loses a game, either against another contender or against a team that should not have beaten them. In the next game, if they are facing someone further down the totem pole, then they work out all of their anger on that team. I see the Wildcats spoiling National Marquette Day in this game.
Why should you put your money on Marquette?
If you can get a line on this game over 10 or 12 points, I might take it. While Marquette does not have the bodies inside that Xavier does, they do have Henry Ellenson (22 points, 10 boards against Creighton) and Jajuan Johnson (15 points, 9 boards) who can make you pay inside if you’re not paying attention. The fact that Marquette had a little trouble fending off Creighton should not fool you, as there are a lot of pesky teams in that conference that are difficult to rout. I don’t see Marquette winning this straight up, but if Villanova falters at all on the interior, this could be a close game.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I think that Villanova will waltz into Marquette’s gym in full revenge mode and roll right over the Golden Eagles. I’m predicting an 80-68 win.