Marquette vs Xavier Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/9/24

Xavier (15-15) vs Marquette (22-8)

Game Info: Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 5:00 pm (Cintas Center)

Betting Odds: Xavier +2.5 -- Over/Under: 158.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Marquette Golden Eagles will play the Xavier Musketeers in a Big East game on Saturday evening at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Marquette has lost two games in a row, while Xavier has won two of their last three. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Marquette vs Xavier prediction.

Marquette Preview

The Marquette Golden Eagles are 22-8 (13-6) this year after they lost to UConn by a score of 74-67 in their last game. Marquette trailed 42-31 at halftime, but did out score UConn 36-32 in the second half in the loss. The Golden Eagles shot 43.3% from the field and were -13 in rebounding margin in the game. Marquette lost to Creighton by a score of 89-75 in the game prior to UConn, but did win the previous three games. The Golden Eagles are scoring 79 points per game with 32.9 rebounds per game and 16.2 assists per game, while allowing 69.5 points against per game this year. Kam Jones is averaging 16.2 points per game, 2.5 rebounds per game, and 2.1 assists per game. Marquette is shooting 48.2% from the field, 71.1% on free throws, and 35.4% on three pointers this season. 

Xavier Preview

The Xavier Musketeers are 15-15 (9-10) this season after they lost to Butler by a score of 72-66 in their last game. Xavier trailed 37-24 at halftime, but did score 42 points in the second half in the loss. The Musketeers shot 37.3% from the field and were +9 in rebounding margin in the game. Xavier defeated Georgetown by a score of 98-93 and DePaul by a score of 91-58 in the two games prior to Butler. The Musketeers are scoring 76.2 points per game with 38.7 rebounds per game and 16.2 assists per game, while giving up 73.8 points against per game this season. Quincy Olivari is averaging 19.1 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, and 1.9 assists per game. Xavier is shooting 43.6% from the field, 73.9% on free throws, and 34.3% on three pointers this year. 

Marquette vs Xavier Betting Prediction

Xavier comes into this matchup with a 9-10 conference record and they are near the bottom of the Big East standings, but they will be at home for this game. The Musketeers are only shooting 43.6% from the field, but they do average about six more rebounds per game than Marquette. The Golden Eagles have lost two straight games, but those losses came against the top two teams in the conference. Marquette won the first meeting between these teams by a score of 88-64 at home and I like them to win again here. The Golden Eagles have a very good offensive attack and Xavier hasn’t won against a decent team since February 7th. Take Marquette here. 

David’s Pick Marquette -2.5

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