The Marquette Golden Eagles (11-3, 1-1 Big East) will try to extend their five-game home winning streak in a matchup against the Providence Friars (9-6, 2-0 Big East) at Fiserv Forum. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.
Providence Friars at Marquette Golden Eagles Betting Prediction
In the Friars’ last contest, they beat the DePaul Blue Demons, 66-65. Providence’s offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest strength over DePaul. The Friars had a rate of 36.6 (above their season average of 33.4), while the Blue Demons posted a mark of 34.2. Luwane Pipkins played a key role for Providence with 16 points and five rebounds.
The Golden Eagles were victorious over the No. 10 Villanova Wildcats in their last outing, 71-60. Marquette made good use of their 30 trips to the charity stripe, converting on 26 of them (86.7 percent). Villanova, meanwhile, was just 3-5 (60.0 percent). Markus Howard was the top scorer from either team with 29 points on 7-for-20 shooting from the field.
When looking at effective field goal percentage, Marquette should have a noteworthy edge. The Golden Eagles defense ranks 24th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.434), while the Providence offense is ranked 280th in effective field goal percentage (0.477).
After the Golden Eagles won both contests against the Friars last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the most recent game, Marquette won 76-58. The Golden Eagles had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (36.0 vs. 23.8) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.647 vs. 0.439).
Providence Friars at Marquette Golden Eagles Free Pick
Basketball Prediction: ATS Winner – Marquette, O/U – Under
Providence ranks 12th in steals per game (9.7) while Marquette ranks 174th (5.5).
The Golden Eagles average 40.2 rebounds per game, which ranks 39th in the nation. The Friars rank 188th in rebounds allowed per game (36.6).
Marquette averages 4.9 blocks per game, which ranks 31st in the NCAA. Providence ranks 132nd in blocks allowed per game (4.1).
The Friars rank 17th in assists per game (17.1) while the Golden Eagles rank 80th (14.5).
Providence ranks 128th in three pointers attempted per game (22.7) while Marquette ranks 136th in three pointers allowed per game (21.9).
The Friars’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.2, down from 7.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Golden Eagles have scored an average of 85.4 points per game (7.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 69.2 points per game (2.1 above their season average).