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#649 Marquette 155 vs.
#650 Georgetown -4
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Georgetown Hoyas will host the Marquette Golden Eagles in a Big East showdown Saturday afternoon from the Capital One Arena. The Golden Eagles recorded a decisive 85-65 home win against Xavier on Wednesday, and the Hoyas posted an 83-80 home win over #25 Creighton in their previous action. Each team recorded a road win in last year’s two-game season series.

Marquette Demolishes Xavier for Second Big East Win

The Marquette Golden Eagles enter this one with momentum. They erased a mini two-game slide with a dominating 85-65 home win over Xavier on Wednesday to cover the three-point spread. The Golden Eagles shooting has been inconsistent so far in Big East play which has resulted in a 2-3 record.

Look out for Markus Howard in this one. The senior guard is red-hot, sinking at least 29 points in six straight games. Howard is the top scorer in the Big East and has lifted his season average to a remarkable 27.3 PPG on 42% shooting. Sacar Anim has only reached double-digits in points in one out of his last four games. The senior guard rebounded with 12 points on Wednesday and he has compiled an average of 12 points on a 45% clip from the field. Koby McEwen is starting to improve his play, shooting 50% in two straight games. Overall he is having a rough season, posting 9.8 PPG on 33% shooting.

The Golden Eagles are ranked 34th in all of DI in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and stand at 1-3 in their three true road games. Marquette is averaging 77.2 points, ranking them 52nd overall. They are holding opponents to only 67.9 points, placing them 155th in the country.

Georgetown Topples #25 Creighton

The Georgetown Hoyas will look to even their Big East record to 3-3 in this one. They have won two out of their last three games including a dominating win against St. John’s and an 83-80 home win against #25 Creighton on Wednesday night to cover the three-point spread. The Hoyas offense has been their top strength.

Omer Yurtseven is playing well and is coming off a 20 point effort in Wednesday’s victory. The 7-foot center has now reached the 20 point mark five times this season, and he is averaging 16.7 PPG and 9.9 RPG on the season. Mac McClung is locked in, sinking at least 19 points in three out of his last four games The sophomore guard is only shooting 41% on the year, and he has increased his season average to 16.1 PPG. Jamorko Pickett has scored double-digits in three out of his last four games. The junior forward is contributing in all areas and is now averaging 9.3 PPG and 6 RPG.

The Hoyas are ranked 46th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and hold an 9-2 home record. Georgetown is scoring an average of 79 points, good for 32nd overall. Their defensive play has been an issue at times and they are conceding an average of 73.1 points, positioning them 272nd in DI.

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I am siding with Marquette in this Big East tilt.  This is a good matchup for Marquette due to their powerhouse offense against a subpar defense. The Hoyas have surrendered 80 points in back-to-back games and Marquette is a big offensive threat. They feature a sizzling 40% efficiency from three-point range which ranks them 8th in all of DI. Georgetown ranks down at 307th in the country in three-point defense.

Furthermore, the Hoyas have only won two out of their last five games overall. While they are solid offensively, Marquette features outstanding defensive numbers. They have allowed 69 or fewer points in three out of their last four games overall.

Prediction: Marquette Golden Eagles

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The over is the play when looking at the total. Marquette just put up 85 points against Xavier and the Golden Eagles also play at a quick pace of 74.5 possession per game which ranks them 55th in DI. The over is a perfect 6-0 in the Golden Eagles’ last six games following a straight-up win.

In addition, the Hoyas scoring ability is their top strength. They have surpassed 80 points in two out of their last three games overall and also push the pace with an average of 75.4 possessions per game. The over is 17-8 in the Hoyas’ last 25 Saturday games.

Prediction: Over

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The over on the Marquette team total offered on PointsBet is a strong play. The Golden Eagles attempt a ton of three’s per game and they continue to excel from deep. Also, the Hoyas have squandered at least 76 points in four of their five Big East games on the season. Marquette just shot 48% against Xavier and I expect another solid output in this game.

Prediction: Marquette Team Total Over

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I am going with the over on the halftime total as well. The Hoyas are averaging a remarkable 41.7 points in the first half in their last three games. Also, Marquette stands 25th in DI with an average of 37.3 points in the first half. The Golden Eagles defense has been decent in the opening half where they are holding opponents to 31.1 points on the season.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.