Xavier vs Marquette Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/25/24

Marquette (20-6) vs Xavier (13-13)

Game Info: Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 5:00 pm (Fiserv Forum)

Betting Odds: Marquette -10.5 -- Over/Under: 156.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Xavier Musketeers will play the Marquette Golden Eagles in a Big East game on Sunday evening at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Xavier has lost three games in a row, while Marquette has won nine of their last ten. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Xavier vs Marquette prediction.

Xavier Preview

The Xavier Musketeers are 13-13 (7-8) this season after they lost to Providence by a score of 79-75 in their last game. Xavier led 38-33 at halftime, but allowed 46 points in the second half in the loss. The Musketeers shot 42.9% from the field and were -5 in rebounding margin in the game. Xavier lost to Seton Hall by a score of 88-70 and Creighton by a score of 78-71 in the two games prior to Providence. The Musketeers are scoring 75.7 points per game with 38.7 rebounds per game and 16.6 assists per game, while giving up 73.2 points against per game this season. Quincy Olivari is averaging 19.1 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, and 1.9 assists per game. Xavier is shooting 43.5% from the field, 73.5% on free throws, and 34.5% on three pointers this year. 

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Marquette Preview

The Marquette Golden Eagles are 20-6 (11-4) this year after they defeated DePaul by a score of 105-71 in their last game. Marquette led 59-29 at the half and scored 46 points in the second half for the easy win. The Golden Eagles shot 59.5% from the field and made 13 three pointers in the game. Marquette lost to UConn by a score of 81-53 in the game prior to DePaul, but did win the previous eight games. The Golden Eagles are scoring 78.8 points per game with 32.9 rebounds per game and 16.7 assists per game, while allowing 68.8 points against per game this year. Tyler Kolek is averaging 15.2 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, and 7.6 assists per game. Marquette is shooting 48.1% from the field, 72.5% on free throws, and 34.8% on three pointers this season. 

Xavier vs Marquette Betting Prediction

Marquette comes into this matchup in second place in the Big East standings and they have won nine of their last ten games. Xavier has lost three games in a row and they have allowed at least 78 points in those three losses. Marquette is the much better shooting team and defensive team, but Xavier is averaging about six more rebounds per game. Xavier’s defense is going to be an issue in this game and I think Marquette is going to do whatever they want on the offensive end of the floor. Take the Golden Eagles here. 

David’s Pick Marquette -10.5

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