Marquette hosts Oregon at BMO Harris Bradley Center on Sunday afternoon. The second-seeded Golden Eagles move into the next round after taking down Harvard. The Ducks are a 3 seed and easily disposed of Rider. The winner of this game will face either Notre Dame or Penn State in the regional final.
Ducks end up blowing out Rider in opening game
Oregon made it to the semifinals in the Pac-12 tournament, but they had no chance against USC and that ended all hopes of making it into the big dance. Instead, they settle for a 3 seed in the NIT and they easily took care of Rider in the opening round, 99-86. It was fairly close in the first three quarters, but the Ducks finally imposed their will with a 38-21 fourth quarter. They just pulled out the 11-point spread.
The Ducks hit 58.9 percent of their shots and converted a whopping 14-of-26 attempts from 3-point range. They also had a significant 37-28 advantage in rebounding. Two different players led the team with 23 points. Victor Bailey Jr. (6.6 ppg) was not only the most efficient, but he drilled 7-of-8 from downtown. He played out of his mind considering he only scored 13 total points in his last nine games prior to that.
Golden Eagles make free throws to take down Crimson
Marquette’s NCAA chances came to a crashing halt by getting smacked around against Villanova. However, they were able to hold off a good Harvard team, 67-60, in a tough opening round matchup for a 2 seed. The Golden Eagles looked like they could cover through the majority of the second half, but they simply couldn’t convert the 12-point favorite line. They ended up hitting 43.8 percent from the field — exactly the same as their downtown shooting (made 7-of-16 3-point attempts).
What helped the Eagles to move on was free throw shooting. The team missed just one of their 19 attempts. Markus Howard (20.5 ppg) led the team with 22 points and he made all nine free throw attempts. The team’s leading scorer has now put up 22 or more points in three of his last four games.
- 35-16 ATS in their last 51 games as a road underdog
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games after a SU win
The Eagles have struggled to cover even the smallest of favorite lines. In their recent two victories against the spread, they only won both of those games by four points. It’s probably best to grab the points in this one.