Connecticut Huskies vs Marquette Golden Eagles Prediction, 1/5/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Connecticut Huskies vs Marquette Golden Eagles
Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
Odds/Point Spread: Connecticut (+2)
Fiserv Forum is the venue where and the Marquette Golden Eagles (6-5) will play the Connecticut Huskies (4-1) on Tuesday. Connecticut opens this matchup as 2-point underdogs. The total has been set at 141.
Connecticut will enter this game with a mark of 4-1 this season. They are losing possession via turnover 13.4 times per game and as a squad they commit 20.8 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Connecticut is pulling in 42.0 boards per game and is sitting with 66 dimes for the year, which is 292nd in the country in terms of passing. The Huskies are shooting 32.4% on 3-pointers (36 of 111) and 71.8% from the charity stripe. They average 77.6 points per outing (93rd in college hoops) while hitting 44.3% from the field. Defensively, the Huskies are forcing their opponents into 14.2 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.4 personal fouls. They are 16th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 43 surrendered this year. The Huskies defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 39.6% (112 of 283) and they relinquish 34.2 rebounds per contest as a unit. They are conceding 27.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 79th in Division 1 in points per game from their opponents (65.4).
The Connecticut Huskies took the court against the DePaul Blue Demons and walked away with a win by a score of 82-61 in their last contest. Connecticut finished the contest having earned a 49.2% field goal percentage (30 of 61) and made 7 of 17 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Huskies made 15 of their 21 attempts for a percentage of 71.4%. When talking about grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 41 with 14 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 14 dimes in this game in addition to having 5 steals and 3 blocks. In reference to defending, Connecticut allowed 49.2% from the field on 30 out of 61 shooting. DePaul totaled 11 assists and had 4 steals in this game. In addition, the Blue Demons grabbed 30 boards (14 offensive, 16 defensive) and had 3 blocked shots. DePaul went 64.3% when shooting free throws by converting 9 of 14 attempts. They buried 4 out of their 17 shots from 3-point range.
Tyrese Martin is one player who was a major factor in this matchup. He totaled 22 points on 9 of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 31 mins played and also grabbed 10 boards. Martin went 60.0% from the floor and also recorded 3 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in the matchup for the Huskies was James Bouknight. He snagged 4 rebounds and also earned 3 assists. He finished shooting 46.2% from the field for the game by shooting 6-of-13 (20 points). When this game wrapped up, Bouknight was on the court for 33 min.
Marquette has a win-loss mark of 6-5 on the season. Marquette has 817 pts this season (74.3 per contest) and they pull in 39.2 boards per game. The Golden Eagles commit 18.1 fouls every game and they go 70.9% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Golden Eagles are hitting on 45.5% from the floor, which has them ranked 138th in the country. They are assisting teammates 14.2 times per game (144th in college hoops) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.5 times per game. The Golden Eagles are ranked 178th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 69.9. They have given up 13.2 assists and 32.5 total boards per game, which ranks them 195th and 80th in college hoops. The Marquette defense concedes 33.3% on 3-pointers (90 of 270) and their opposition makes 73.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 10.8 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 40.2% from the floor (77th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the Marquette Golden Eagles went home victorious with a score of 64-60 when they faced the Georgetown Hoyas. The Golden Eagles pulled down 26 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 36 for the matchup. They stuffed 5 shots while recording 11 steals for the contest. The Hoyas were called for 15 fouls for the contest which took the Golden Eagles to the charity stripe for a total of 17 attempts. They were able to make 9 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 52.9%. Pertaining to shooting from downtown, Marquette made 5 out of their 22 attempts (22.7%). Overall, the Golden Eagles shot 25 for 64 from the floor which had them at 39.1%. The Golden Eagles permitted the Hoyas to make 24 of 63 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 38.1% for the matchup. They finished 20.8% from 3-point land by going 5 of 24 and walked away from this one shooting 7 out of 9 at the free throw line (77.8%). In regard to attacking the glass, Marquette allowed Georgetown to pull down 37 in total (10 offensive).
Jamal Cain ended up being a factor for the Golden Eagles for this game. He knocked down 10 out of 15 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 66.7%, which had him finishing with 25 points. Cain had 6 boards in his 35 minutes and had 2 dimes in this game. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Marquette was Justin Lewis. He ended up with 10 points in his 28 minutes on the hardwood by way of 5 of 18 shooting in this matchup. Lewis ended the game having shot 27.8% from the field while also contributing 2 dimes and 7 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Marquette (-2) and over 141 points
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