Even if a team isn’t in the running to win their conference, how they close out the season is still incredibly important, especially if they are a lock to be in the tournament. The last thing that any team needs ahead of March Madness is a losing streak that can begin to cast some serious doubts in the minds of players and fans alike.
After all, how often have we seen a team get hot at the end of the season before taking that hot streak into the tournament, often taking advantage of teams that faltered coming down the stretch? The Marquette Golden Eagles are in danger of being that team that tanks if they cannot get things turned around in their final two games of the regular season.
Besides just trying to right the ship before the end of the regular season, Marquette does still have a shot at winning the Big East, but they need to win their final two games and get some help along the way. They will start things out with a road trip for a game against Seton Hall on Wednesday night. The Golden Eagles are a 2 ½ point favorite, with the point total set at 145.
Marquette vs Seton Hall NCAAB Odds & Game Preview
After dropping 35 points, including this WILD 3-pointer in the 1st half at Georgetown, @Myles_MBP_23 has been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the 9th time this season! #HALLin pic.twitter.com/tso7tuDE9h— Seton Hall Basketball (@SetonHallMBB) 4 de marzo de 2019
- When: Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30 PM EST
- Where: Prudential Center, Newark
- TV: FS1
- Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
- NCAAB Odds: Marquette -2.5 (Total 145)
Why bet on the Marquette Golden Eagles?
The Marquette Golden Eagles entered last week with the Big East regular-season title in their own hands, but back to back losses have now seen them fall off the pace and drop all the way down to the #16 spot in the national rankings. While it’s certainly not the ideal way to close out the season, we would all do well to remember that this team is still sitting with a very impressive 23-6 record.
Things are a little less impressive when you look at their road record, which now sits at 6-4, but they have gone 8-3 SU versus Seton Hall in their last 11 visits to Newark. They are also a solid 6-1 ATS in their last 7 visits there. Overall this season, Marquette is 6-3 ATS away from home and a perfect 4-0 ATS as a road favorite.
- Total Score: 77.66
- Field Goal Percentage: 46.79
- Three-Point Percentage: 39.79
- Free Throw Percentage: 76.80
- Total Rebounds: 37.45
- Total Score: 68.48
- Field Goal Percentage: 40.14
- Three-Point Percentage: 32.10
- Free Throw Percentage: 68.34
- Total Rebounds: 32.97
Why bet on the Seton Hall Pirates?
Regardless of how this week plays out for the Seton Hall Pirates, they will finish the season above .500, although that is probably small consolation for a team missing out on the tournament. What this team does have is the opportunity to help decide the winner of the Big East regular season title, as they will be playing Villanova, the team currently a ½ game up on Marquette, this weekend.
The opportunity to play the role of spoiler might well spur this team on. They are going to need to be at their best, though, as they are just 7-9 in conference play this season, which includes a loss, albeit a close one, to Marquette earlier this season. The Pirates are just 3-10 ATS on home court and 0-2 ATS as a home dog.
- Total Score: 73.64
- Field Goal Percentage: 44.59
- Three-Point Percentage: 32.21
- Free Throw Percentage: 71.22
- Total Rebounds: 35.46
- Total Score: 71.79
- Field Goal Percentage: 42.91
- Three-Point Percentage: 33.49
- Free Throw Percentage: 74.41
- Total Rebounds: 35.82
Marquette vs Seton Hall NCAAB Betting Trends
- Marquette is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Marquette is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 15 of Marquette’s last 22 games on the road
- Seton Hall is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games at home
- Seton Hall is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Seton Hall’s last 9 games
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Marquette vs Seton Hall
The Marquette Golden Eagles will be well aware that they need to get that winning feeling back, so look for them to put in a winning performance here, which includes covering the spread.
Score: Marquette Golden Eagles 75 – Seton Hall Pirates 70