Every year, around this time, we get the same old discussions about who should be in the college basketball tournament and who should be left out. We still have a little time to wait before all of the teams who are in are announced, which means several programs are sitting on the bubble awaiting their fate. The good news for some of these teams is that they still have the ability to play themselves in with a strong finish to the regular season. One of the teams sitting firmly on the bubble are the Marquette Golden Eagles, but they are also one of the teams with a better shot than most, especially when you consider who they have played and how they have performed against them this season. They can really boost their chances of a tournament spot with a win at home versus Creighton this weekend, so this is definitely going to be a game you are going to want to keep an eye on. Find the latest NCAA basketball point spreads here.
Creighton vs Marquette Free Pick, Odds & TV Info
- When: Saturday, March 4 at 2:30 PM EST
- Where: BMO Bradley Harris Center, Milwaukee
- TV: FS1
- Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
- NCAAB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Creighton Bluejays
The Creighton Bluejays (23-7, 10-7) can relax a little this weekend, safe in the knowledge that they will almost certainly be a part of March Madness. They may have a little bit of revenge on their minds, though, as they will want to get back at Marquette for the 102-94 loss they handed them earlier this season. One thing that certainly plays in their favor is how good they have been on the road this season, going 7-3 in games away from home. They have also been a very solid bet on the road against the spread, putting together a 7-3 ATS record in those games.
Why bet on the Marquette Golden Eagles
The fact that Marquette (18-11, 9-8) has more to play for than their opponents makes them a good bet here. Marquette came into this week needing wins in their final two games to keep their tournament hopes alive, and they did the first part by getting a 95-84 win over Xavier earlier in the week. It will all depend on their ability to handle the pressure of the situation that will dictate what they do in this one, but the fact that they are playing on home court certainly helps. The Golden Eagles have put together an impressive 13-3 home record this season and are always tough to beat in their own building. They are also 9-7 ATS at home, so pay attention to the spread in this one, especially if they come in as the underdog.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
It really is all to play for when talking about Marquette in this game. Even with a loss, I still believe that their body of work will get them in, but I don’t expect them to leave anything to chance.
Creighton Bluejays 76 Marquette Golden Eagles 78