Marquette vs Connecticut Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/16/24

Connecticut (30-3) vs Marquette (24-8)

Game Info: Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 6:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: Connecticut -7.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Connecticut Huskies and the Marquette Golden Eagles will meet in the Big East Championship this Saturday in New York City from Madison Square Garden on FOX. UConn UConn enters as 7.5-point favorites, with the total hovering 143.5. Stay tuned for our Marquette vs Connecticut Prediction. 

Marquette Golden Eagles Preview

Marquette moved to 25-8 after defeating Providence in the Semifinals, 79-68. The Golden Eagles used two strong halves to send the Friars home, and they’ll look to avoid a third straight loss to UComn here. Marquette is scoring 79.2 points per game, on 48.4% shooting, while allowing 69.8 ppg, and they’re 7-3 over their last ten games.

Marquette Team Profile

  • Shaka Smart’s squad leans on their defense and moves at a methodical pace, averaging 71.7 possessions per game (157th), and they’ve shot 35.6% from beyond the arc.
  • Senior guard Tyler Kolek (15.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg) won’t be available for this high stakes bout, but he’s set to return at some point this month.  
  • Junior guard Cam Jones has stepped up with a 30-point showing in the Xavier victory, and he leads Marquette in scoring (16.7).  
  • Third-year forward Oso Ighodaro matched his energy with 24 points against the Musketeers, and he’s up to 14.4 ppg and 7.2 rpg.

Connecticut Huskies Preview

UConn climbed to 30-3 after defeating St. John’s in the Semifinals, 95-90. The Huskies avoided an upset by holding the Red Storm off down the stretch, and they’ll look to secure the number one overall seed with a win here.  Connecticut is scoring 81.4 points per game, on 49.5% shooting, while allowing 72.7 ppg, and they’re 7-3 over their previous ten games. 

UConn Team Profile

  • Dan Hurley’s team uses a pass-heavy approach, averaging 68.0 possessions per game (302nd), and they’ve knocked down 36.5% of their three-point attempts.
  • Veteran guard Tristen Newton posted a double-double in the January 31st win over Providence, and he leads Connecticut in scoring (15.1), rebounding (7.1) and assists (5.9).
  • Rutgers transfer Cam Spencer hit five threes in the Marquette victory, and he’s second on the team at 14.9 ppg and 3.3 apg. 
  • Sophomore forward Alex Karaban led the way with 23 points versus Marquette, and he’s up to 14.2 ppg and 5.1 rpg. 
  • Bristol native Donovan Clingan posted a 19-point double-double in the Seton Hall victory, and he’s averaging 12.4 ppg and 6.9 rpg.

Marquette vs UConn Trends

  • SJU is 15-16 against the spread, with a 16-14-1 O/U record
  • CONN is 20-11 ATS, with a 16-15 over/under record.

Marquette vs UConn Prediction

Marquette and Providence both made admirable pushes at MSG without their best players, but they now must face a UConn team that has their number. The Huskies put it on the Golden Eagles in Storrs, before going to Milwaukee to repeat the task, and I believe we’re in for similar results here. This UConn group is special, and they have a real shot to repeat, so let’s back their momentum this Saturday in the title game.

Corey’s Pick UConn TO COVER

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