A Big East battle heads to Milwaukee when the Providence Friars (7-5, 3-3) visit the Marquette Golden Eagles (6-6, 2-4) on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Marquette is tied for seventh in the Big East and Providence sits one spot ahead in sixth. This game will air live on FS1 at 9:00 p.m. EST.
Through 12 games, Providence is averaging 74.6 points per game, while shooting 45.6% from the field, 35.7 rebounds, and 14.7 assists. Defensively, the Friars are allowing 71.3 points and are getting 2.9 block and 6.8 steals. David Duke leads the team with 20.2 points per game, Nate Watson has a team high 7.6 rebounds, and Jared Bynum leads the way with 4.5 assists.
Marquette is averaging 72.6 points per game, while shooting 45.0% from the field, 38.3 rebounds, and 14.1 assists. Defensively, the Golden Eagles are allowing 69.5 points and are averaging 3.9 blocks and 5.4 steals. Dawson Garcia leads the team with 13.0 points per game and 7.6 rebounds, and D.J. Carton has a team high 4.0 assists.
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Providence Friars at Marquette Golden Eagles (-3.5): O/U 139.5 (-112/-108)
Last time out, Providence visited the Xavier Musketeers and suffered a heartbreaking 74-73 defeat. This game was close throughout and it took a Colby Jones 3-pointer with one tenth of a second left to lift the Musketeers to victory. David Duke led the Friars with 30 points and six assists on the day. Providence shot 51.8% from the field (29-56) and were 59.1% from beyond the arc (13-22). Defensively, the Friars allowed Xavier to shoot 48.3% from the field (29-60) and 34.8% from three-point land (8-23). Free throws were the difference in this one as Xavier made eight of 16 and Providence made just two of six.
Maquette has been off for a week and are coming off a disappointing 65-54 home defeat to the UConn Huskies. The Golden Eagles led most of this game, but a late second half run by the Huskies saw UConn leave Milwaukee with a big win. Dawson Garcia led Maquette with 20 points and 11 rebounds on the day. Marquette show just 38.6% from the field (22-57) and 27.8% from beyond the arc (5-18). Defensively, the Golden Eagles held UConn to 41.4% from the field (24-58), but the Huskies were 50.0% from three (8-16).
Series History: Marquette leads the all-time series 17-8 but did lose both meetings last season.
Game Prediction: I like Marquette -3.5 to get the close win and cover.