NCAAB Pick: Marquette +5 (-110) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
Very intriguing college basketball matchup from the Big East on Tuesday night as No. 10 Marquette, in the running for the regular-season title, visits No. 21 Connecticut.
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Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Connecticut Huskies
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 – 06:30 PM EST at XL Center
Fox Sports 1 has this Big East matchup between No. 10 Marquette and No. 21 UConn but note that it’s from Hartford and not on the Connecticut campus. That happens frequently.
Marquette looks for the regular-season sweep as it was a 2-point home underdog at the top-rated books on Jan. 11 when it was ranked No. 25 and UConn sixth, and the Golden Eagles won 82-76.
MU shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half (15-of-25) and was at 50.8% overall. The Huskies had 16 turnovers.
Oso Ighodaro had a season-best 19 points and three boards with three assists to lead Marquette. Olivier-Maxence Prosper had 17 points and six rebounds. Donovan Clingan led UConn with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks. Huskies star Adama Sanogo scored just 10 points in 19 minutes.
The overall series is tied 7-7. The favorite is 5-1 against the spread in the past six meetings.
Kolek Leads Marquette
Marquette is 19-5 overall and is tied for first in the Big East with Xavier at 11-2 in league play – the school’s best start in the Big East since 2018-19.
The Musketeers currently hold the head-to-head tiebreaker, but the teams play again next Wednesday in Milwaukee. Marquette is the (-150) favorite at the top-rated books to win the regular-season title.
ESPN’s Bracketology currently lists Shaka Smart’s team as a No. 3 seed in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament and opening against No. 14 Princeton. Not bad for a team picked to finish ninth in the preseason Big East coaches poll and without a player on the all-conference roster.
MU enters off its fifth straight win, 60-52 over visiting Butler on Saturday.
Kolek Leads the Way
Guard Tyler Kolek led the Golden Eagles with 13 points and eight assists. He is one of 10 candidates for the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard. He’s averaging 11.3 points along with 7.9 assists, which leads the Big East and is third in the nation.
Kolek is on pace to become just the fourth player in Marquette history to dish out 200 assists in a season. The five finalists for the award will be announced in March.
Kolek has come up just short of a triple-double twice this season. MU’s last triple-double came against No. 1 Kentucky in the 2003 Elite Eight when Dwyane Wade finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists in the 83-69 win.
Smart’s teams dating to his days at VCU and Texas always play full-court pressure defense and Marquette ranks first in the Big East and 13th in the country in steals per game (9.4).
The team’s +5.1 turnover margin also tops the conference. MU is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 overall.
UConn Is Consistently Inconsistent
Connecticut (18-6, 7-6 Big East) is talented enough to reach the Final Four but inconsistent enough to lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. You just never know what to expect from Coach Dan Hurley’s club.
The Huskies should have won in blowout fashion at a bad Georgetown team on Saturday but instead escaped 68-62 thanks to a late 8-1 run as Georgetown missed its final seven shots of the game. Adama Sanogo and Tristen Newton each scored 15 and Alex Karaban knocked down two late 3-pointers to lead the Huskies.
Karaban was named Big East Freshman of the Week on Monday for the fifth time this season. He finished with 11 points (all in the second half) along with four rebounds and four assists vs. the Hoyas.
Karaban should win Big East Freshman of the Year.
“We’re lucky to have him in a UConn uniform,” Hurley said about Karaban. “There’s not many freshmen in the country that have been as consistent, solid.”
Adama Sanogo is Rising
Sanogo made the conference’s weekly honor roll after averaging 20 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 66.7% from the field. He’s a terrific talent, averaging 17.2 points and 7.2 rebounds on the season. Sanogo was selected as the Big East Preseason Player of the Year.
UConn tends to go how guard and third-leading scorer Tristen Newton (10.5 ppg) goes.
In UConn's 18 wins, he's averaging 11 points per game and shooting 36.6 percent from deep. In the Huskies' six losses, Newton averages 8.8 points and shoots 28.5 percent from three-point range. He had just seven points in the first meeting with Marquette but totaled 36 points in UConn’s two wins last week.
ESPN currently slots UConn as a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament’s South Region and opening against No. 12 VCU.
The Huskies are 11-2 SU at home and 8-4-1 ATS but 0-6 ATS in their past six after a win. I get why they are favored at home, but giving 5 points is far too many.
With the first meeting having 158 total points scored, we’re going over 149 here.
The Over is 4-0 in Marquette’s past four games vs. teams with a winning record and 5-2 in UConn’s past seven overall.
NCAAB Pick: Marquette +5 (-110) at BetOnline
NCAAB Pick: Over 149 (-110) at BetOnline
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