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The #2 seeded Marquette Golden Eagles will do battle with the #3 seeded Seton Hall Pirates in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament Friday night from Madison Square Garden. The Pirates recorded a 73-57 victory against Georgetown in their semifinal action, and the Golden Eagles tallied a dominating 86-54 win over St. John’s on Thursday night. Marquette notched a 70-66 home win against Seton Hall in the first meeting this season, and the Pirates countered with a 73-64 home win in the second tilt.
Pirates Pummel Georgetown in Quarterfinals
The Seton Hall Pirates head into this challenging matchup full of confidence after thumping Georgetown by a 73-57 score in their quarterfinal contest on Thursday night. The Pirates posted a 41% shooting performance while limiting the Hoyas to only two three-pointers on the night. Pirates’ top scorer Myles Powell led the way offensively with a tremendous 31 point effort on an 11 for 21 mark from the field. The junior guard is one of the biggest threats in the Big East, and he has eclipsed 30 points in three out of his last four games. Powell is averaging 22.9 PPG, and he accumulated 21 and 34 points in two games against Marquette this season.
Myles Cale rebounded well against Marquette this season, racking up 17 rebounds in the two meetings. The sophomore guard has scored a combined 33 points in his last two games, and he is carrying an average of 10.4 points and 4.3 rebounds.
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Seton Hall has countered a three-game losing streak by winning three consecutive games which included a win against Marquette in that stretch. The Pirates are projected as a #10 seed in ESPN’s Bracketology, and they are placed 59th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s rankings. Seton Hall is averaging 73.8 points, ranking them 141st overall. The Pirates are conceding an average of 71.2 points, positioning them 176th in the country.
Howard Leads Marquette to Dominating Win vs. St. John’s
The #23 Marquette Golden Eagles entered the conference tournament with some question marks after losing their final four regular-season games, however they rebounded with a decisive 86-54 win over St. John’s in the quarterfinals on Thursday night. The Golden Eagles shot a stellar 51%, and they held the Red Storm to a 33% clip. Marquette star Markus Howard came through with a spectacular effort, sinking 30 points on 8 for 15 shooting. The junior guard has scored a combined 58 points in his last two games, and he won the Big East Player of the Year. Howard is averaging 25.1 points on 43% shooting. Howard scored 26 and 6 points respectively in two games against Seton Hall this season.
Sam Hauser chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds in Thursday’s win. The junior forward has only reached double-digits in points in two out of his last four games, and he is posting 14.7 PPG and 7 RPG on the season.
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The Golden Eagles are projected as a #5 seed in ESPN’s Bracketology for the NCAA Tournament, and their seeding could be improved if they win the conference tournament. Marquette has scored over 80 points in back-to-back games, and they are averaging 77.7 points on the season, ranking them 61st in the nation. The Golden Eagles are holding opponents to 68.7 points, placing them 106th overall.
The Marquette Golden Eagles are:
- 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win.
- 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win.
- over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
The Seton Hall Pirates are:
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I am taking Marquette in this contest. Marquette made a big statement in their dominating 86-54 win against St. John’s in their quarterfinal action on Thursday night. The Golden Eagles feature the better offensive and defensive stats in this matchup. Marquette also holds the decisive rebounding edge. They out-rebounded Seton Hall in both meetings this season, and I expect that trend to continue in this one.
Furthermore, Marquette has now scored 84 and 86 points respectively in their last two games, and the Pirates defense has been a weakness at times this season. They squandered at least 75 points in three out of their final four regular season games, and Marquette is an offensive powerhouse.
Prediction: Marquette Golden Eagles
Full-Game Total Pick
This contest has all the ingredients for a high-scoring battle. Marquette just scored 86 points against St. John’s on Thursday night, and their leading scorer Markus Howard has scored a combined 58 points in his last two games. Also, the over is 8-2 in the Golden Eagles’ last 10 Friday games.
In addition, Seton Hall’s scoring leader Myles Powell is also red-hot, averaging a remarkable 30 points over his last four games, and he recently scored 34 points against Marquette last week, plus the over is 7-2 in the Pirates’ last nine neutral site games.
Full-Game Prop Bet
Marquette should be able to at least contain the Pirates in this one. The Golden Eagles limited Seton Hall to 43% and 42% shooting in their two meetings this season. Also, Seton Hall owns a poor 32.6% efficiency from beyond the arc, and the Golden Eagles’ three-point defense is holding opponents to 32% shooting from deep.
Prediction: Seton Hall Team Total: Under
Half-Time Side Pick
I am siding with Seton Hall on the halftime line. Seton Hall is averaging a sizzling 41 points in the first half in their last three games compared to 38 points from Marquette. Also, Seton Hall held Georgetown to 28 points in the first half on Thursday, and they have only conceded an average of 31 points in the first half in their last three games.
Prediction: Seton Hall