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Villanova Wildcats vs Marquette Golden Eagles 2/12/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

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Two of the top Big East conference teams battle it out on Thursday at the Finneran Pavilion as the No. 15 Villanova Wildcats host the No. 18 Marquette Golden Eagles. Villanova are looking to end a three-game losing streak while Marquette head into the game with three wins in a row. The Wildcats and the Golden Eagles are tied for second place in the Big East standings at 7-4 but they also have the same overall record of 17-6.

Before Villanova were on a three-game losing streak, they were winners of seven in a row. They were one of the best teams in the nation but they are in a funk right now. The Wildcats lost to No. 23 Creighton Bluejays, No. 19 Butler Bulldogs, and No. 10 Seton Hall Pirates. In the 70-64 defeat to Seton Hall, Villanova was led by F Saddiq Bey with 22 points while G Collin Gillespie added 12 points. It should also be noted that before Villanova started their seven-game winning streak, they were coming off a 71-60 loss to Marquette.

At home, the Wildcats are 8-2 this season with averages of 73.9 points and 36.5 rebounds per game. They are also shooting 42.5% from the field, 36.6% from the three-point line and 80.0% from the free throw line. Even though they are struggling at the moment, Villanova are 7-3 against Marquette in their last 10 encounters. They are also 10-11-2 ATS this season and 13-4 SU in their last 17 games.

Villanova Wildcats vs Marquette Golden Eagles Predictions 2/12/2020

On the other hand, Marquette have found their groove with three wins a row. They extended their winning streak last Sunday with a statement win over No. 19 Butler Bulldogs, 76-57. G Markus Howard had a team-high 17 points while F Brendan Bailey and G Koby McEwan each had 16 points. In their three straight wins, the Golden Eagles have also defeated the Xavier Musketeers and the DePaul Blue Demons.

As they head to Villanova, Marquette are just 3-4 away from home this season wherein they are averaging 73.9 points and 38.0 rebounds. They are also shooting 40.9% from the road, 39.4% from deep and 73.8% from the charity stripe. The Golden Eagles have more momentum heading into the game but they should try to improve their road form against a vulnerable Villanova team. Nevertheless, Marquette are 6-1 ATS and 6-1 SU in their last seven games.   

Villanova Wildcats vs Marquette Golden Eagles. The NCAA-B Men’s Pick for this match is the Villanova Wildcats -5. Villanova and Marquette are two of the top 25 teams in the nation. They are two of the top teams in the Big East and they have the same conference and overall record. Something has to give this coming Thursday and it looks like the Villanova Wildcats will take this one, mostly due to their homecourt advantage. Prediction is a close 74-71 win for Villanova over Marquette.

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Villanova Wildcats vs Marquette Golden Eagles 2/12/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAA-BB Men’s Starting Time: 8:30 PM- EST

Location: Finneran Pavilion, Villanova, Pennsylvania

Date: February 12, 2020

Live: FS1

NCAAB Odds: Villanova Wildcats -5

Total Odds: 146

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