The countdown to March Madness continues with an exciting NCAA Basketball Schedule taking place on Wednesday January 24th, 2018. One contest that fans and sports handicappers are paying close attention to features the Marquette Golden Eagles traveling to take on the Xavier Musketeers in a key Big East showdown.
For these two teams this will be a rematch of their December 27th showdown where the Musketeers held on for 91-87 win. In that contest, the Musketeers ability to connect on just over 50 percent of their shot as well as their ability to get to the free throw line was too much for the Golden Eagles.
Since that win the Musketeers have won five of their last seven contests including key wins over Creighton and Seton Hall who were both ranked inside of the top 25. Meanwhile the Golden Eagles have gone 4-2 since their opening loss inside of the Big East including wins over a very solid Providence squad as well as Seton Hall who was ranked 13th at the time of their meeting.
Here are the keys to the Marquette Golden Eagles and Xavier Musketeers matchup on Wednesday January 24th, 2018.
Marquette Golden Eagles – Play Smart
In their first meeting the Golden Eagles played well enough to win including hitting 15 of their 38 three pointers attempted. Along with hitting from behind the arc the Golden Eagles won the offensive rebounding battle, picked up more steals and blocks on the defensive side of the floor and committed less turnovers. The one key stat that led to the loss was their 19 personal fouls and the fact it pushed the Musketeers to the foul line 24 times (made 22). This time around the Golden Eagles will want to play fast and physical but they will need to play smart while avoiding committing as many fouls.
Xavier Musketeers – Shut Down Andrew Rowsey & Sam Hauser
If it wasn’t for their free trips to the free throw line, Rowsey and the three point shooting of the Golden Eagles would have walked away with a win. This time around the Musketeers will have to find a way to limit these shots while playing more aggressive from the guard position. One key to this matchup will be whther or not the Musketeers defense can not only slow down Rowsey from outside but also Hauser who picked up eight assists while finding his teammates for wide open threes. If the Musketeers can shut down the three ball they could easily roll to a blowout win at home.
Marquette Golden Eagles @ Xavier Musketeers
Musketeers (-7.5) – Over/Under 145.5
Wednesday January 24th, 2018
Marquette Golden Eagles Betting Trends
The Golden Eagles enter Wednesday Night’s Big East showdown winning seven of their past ten games while two of those losses coming against top 25 opponents. That success has helped the Golden Eagles bounce back to 9-9 on the year against the spread after going 6-4 over that stretch. Along with their recent success, the Golden Eagles have covered the spread in three of their five road contests this season something sports handicappers will be looking at Wednesday Night. While the team has gone 4-1 against teams in the Big East against the spread they have struggled after winning covering in just 4 of their last 13 games.
Xavier Musketeers Betting Trends
As the Musketeers enter this contest red hot in the standings the team has struggled posting just a 5-5 record against the spread over their last ten overall games. Luckily for sports handicappers the Musketeers have been one of the top teams at home this season winning all 13 of their home contests while posting a 9-4 mark against the spread. The success doesn’t stop their for the Musketeers as they have a 16-6 mark against the sparead against teams with a winning record as well as 25-12 mark against teams with a winning road record. Despite all the positives the Muskeeters have struggled during the middle of the week covering the spread in just three of their last ten overall games on Wednesday Night.
Head to Head Betting Trends
These two teams are very familiar with each other playing at least twice a season in a very competitive Big East Conefernce. Looking back over the past few seasons the Musketeers have dominated the overall record winning seven of their last ten overall meetings. That said the Golden Eagles have played well enough on the road to cover the spread while the Musketeers have dominated at Marquette. That has shown up in the number as the road team has covered the spread in six of their last eight overall meetings. One key trend sports handicappers will be looking at is the fact these two teams can score and have combined to cover the over in four of their last five overall meetings.
Pick & Prediction – Marquette Golden Eagles & Over