Marquette at Villanova Odds & Picks: Betting Predictions for Big East Basketball
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- Villanova is a 5.5-point betting favorite over Marquette. Odds have shifted in the Wildcats' favor since opening at -4.
- Nova is coming off three straight losses, while Marquette has won three straight.
- Get our experts' Villanova vs. Marquette predictions and sharp picks from our tools below.
Marquette at Villanova Odds, Pick
- Odds: Villanova -5.5 [Bet Now in PA]
- Over/Under: 145
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- TV: Fox Sports 1
The spot of the night for my money is in Philly with Villanova coming off three straight losses. The Wildcats will have a chance to avenge a blowout loss earlier this season on the road against a Marquette team that’s now coming off an important home win against Butler.
It was actually Marquette that sat in a great situational spot ahead of that first meeting — fresh of a conference loss against Creighton and welcoming in a Nova team on a roll after consecutive wins over Kansas and Xavier.
Nova was also in foul trouble early on in that game — I don’t expect Marquette to hold a 30-5 free throw advantage as it did in that first go around.
Nova has seen some shooting regression on both ends as you’d expect after a fortunate start to conference play, but I think it’s now time to get on the Wildcats here at home.
Jay Wright should have them ultra-focused from the opening tip and they should be able to run their offensive sets all night against a Marquette team that just doesn’t turn teams over. — Stuckey
Pick: Split between Villanova -5, Nova 1H -2.5
Two-Way Sharp Action Hits Villanova
This excerpt is from our Wednesday college basketball sharp report.
After opening anywhere from 145 to 147, the under was the first bet to be made by sharps. Three SI Bet Signals hit numbers of 146, 145.5 and 145, sending the total into a range that attracted buyback on the over.
Reaching a low-water mark of 143.5 welcomed another pair of Bet Signals to hit the over, and the overall bet-vs.-money discrepancy has pointed toward a greater overall sharp liability on the over.
While bets have been close to split, the 47% backing of the over has generated 80% of actual money. — Danny Donahue
Sharp angles: Under (moved from 146 to 143.5), Over (moved from 143.5 to 145)