Playing as well as – if not better than – anyone in the Big East, the Marquette Golden Eagles hit the road to face the Seton Hall Pirates on the Hump Day NCAA basketball betting card. Let’s analyze this matchup and keep cashing out!
Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Seton Hall Pirates
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 – 8:30 PM EST at Prudential Center
Marquette is sporting a 6-game win streak as it arrives in New Jersey for Wednesday’s clash with Seton Hall, the longest streak of Power 6 teams not named Auburn or Florida State. The half-dozen wins in a row have helped to make up for the slow start the Golden Eagles got off to in conference play, and they just moved into the AP top 25 for the first time this season.
Seton Hall was booted from the rankings a couple of weeks ago as a result of being on the wrong side of the NCAAB scores against Marquette. The Pirates have fallen 3½-games behind Providence at the top of the Big East standings and will be looking to at least keep pace with the Friars in addition to getting a little revenge on the Golden Eagles.
Last Three Meetings Cash for ‘Under’ Bettors
There hasn’t been movement on the spread since the best online betting sites sent Seton Hall out as 4½-point chalk. The game is the second half of a Big East doubleheader on FS1 that begins with Creighton and Butler, and most shops have the total pegged on 147.
Seton Hall was ranked No. 20 when the Pirates traveled to Milwaukee a couple of Saturdays ago, and Marquette used a free throw in the final seconds to eke out a 73-72 win. The Golden Eagles, who were getting 2 points with Bovada (visit our Bovada Review), squandered a double-digit lead in the first half by coming out cold to begin the second half, and they were dominated on the boards by Seton Hall.
Marquette was able to make up for the scoring drought and glasswork by shooting 50% (11-22) from the 3-point range. The Golden Eagles also forced the Pirates into 20 turnovers while committing just 10 themselves. Bryce Aiken led Seton Hall with 28 points while Darryl Morsell had 26 for Marquette.
That January 15 win at home stopped the Pirates’ 6-game win streak in the rivalry. It marked the eighth time in the last nine matchups that underdogs returned their backers to the pay window, and gave Marquette a 20-13 lead in the series, all but one of those contests coming as Big East opponents.
Eagles Have Covered All Six Wins in Streak
That dismal month of December and start to the conference slate appears well behind Shaka Smart and Marquette. The Golden Eagles needed a run like this to return to relevancy in the Big East, and the last half of the six consecutive victories came against ranked teams.
Marquette was a small home underdog on the college basketball odds this past Sunday when Xavier came to Milwaukee, and the Golden Eagles broke away from the Musketeers with a 17-7 finish during the final 8½ minutes. The 75-64 came up short on the scoreboard, making it three consecutive ‘under’ winners in Marquette games.
Justin Lewis starred in the victory with 20 points and 13 rebounds, his fifth double-double of the season. The 6-7 freshman also pumped in 21 in the preceding win at Villanova, enough for Lewis to be named the Big East Player of the Week.
Hall Struggling to Find Basket
While Marquette has been climbing, Kevin Willard has been watching his Pirates struggle with three losses in their last four trips to the floor. Seton Hall just wrapped up back-to-back clashes with St. John’s, beating the Red Storm in New York last Saturday before being embarrassed by them Monday at home. The 84-63 setback came with the Pirates favored by 7 at the top sportsbooks.
Shooting has been a problem for Seton Hall during the 1-3 stretch that included the loss at Marquette 11 days ago. The Pirates made just 36.7% (96-261) of their field goals in the four games, that number including 31.5% (23-73) from beyond the arc.
The Seton Hall that got off to a 9-1 start is not the Seton Hall we’re seeing now. It really started with a long layoff in December caused by the flu, and being interrupted again last week when a home game against Providence was waved off didn’t help. In addition, the Pirates might be without Aiken (concussion) after their second-leading scorer also missed the last two games. I’ll be taking the points with my free college basketball pick this evening.
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