Marquette Golden Eagles vs Connecticut Huskies Prediction, 2/27/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Marquette Golden Eagles vs Connecticut Huskies
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Location: Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT
Odds/Point Spread: Marquette (+6)
Gampel Pavilion is the venue where and the Connecticut Huskies (11-6) will play the Marquette Golden Eagles (11-12) on Saturday. Connecticut opens this game as 6-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 135.
Marquette will play this game with a win-loss mark of 11-12 for the campaign. They turn the ball over 14.4 times per game and as a team are committing 17.5 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Marquette is grabbing 36.6 rebounds per game and has tallied 293 assists this year, which is 115th in the country in terms of passing. The Golden Eagles are shooting 33.5% on shots from distance (160 of 478) and 73.6% from the free throw line. They average 70.8 pts per game (197th in college basketball) while going 44.8% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Golden Eagles are forcing 11.0 turnovers every game while drawing 17.7 fouls. The Golden Eagles defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 41.1% (557 of 1,356) and they surrender 33.3 boards per game as a team. They are ranked 301st in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 318 relinquished so far this year. They are conceding 35.8% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 175th in Division 1 in opponents PPG (69.9).
The Marquette Golden Eagles took the court against the North Carolina Tar Heels and walked away with a win by a score of 83-70 in their last game. Marquette finished with a 51.8% field goal percentage (29 out of 56) and knocked down 9 of their 24 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the free throw line, the Golden Eagles made 16 of their 20 shots for a rate of 80.0%. In regard to rebounding, they collected 31 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 15 assists in the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 19 turnovers and having 6 steals. With regard to the defense, Marquette let their opponent shoot 41.7% from the floor on 25 out of 60 shooting. North Carolina totaled 13 assists and had 10 steals in the matchup. Furthurmore, North Carolina pulled down 33 boards (12 offensive, 21 defensive) and got 2 rejections. North Carolina ended up shooting 68.2% at the free throw line by making 15 of 22 tries. They also converted 5 of their 18 tries from beyond the arc.
Dawson Garcia is one player who was important for the matchup. He ended up walking away with 24 points on 9 of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 37 mins played and also collected 11 rebounds. Garcia shot 69.2% from the field and also distributed 2 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in this game for the Golden Eagles was D.J. Carton. He totaled 4 rebounds in his 32 minutes played. He finished the contest at 38.5% from the field for this contest by connecting on 5-of-13 (17 points). When the time ran out, Carton had accumulated 5 assists.
Connecticut has a win-loss mark of 11-6 this season. As an offensive unit, the Huskies are hitting on 43.1% from the floor, which ranks 237th in Division 1. Connecticut has accounted for 1,199 pts this year (70.5 per game) and they pull down 37.8 rebounds per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 12.6 times per game (223rd in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.3 times per contest. The Huskies are responsible for committing 19.2 fouls per contest and they shoot 70.6% from the charity stripe. The Huskies on the defensive end are ranked 47th in Division 1 in PPG allowed with 64.8. The Connecticut defense surrenders 31.5% on shots from beyond the arc (99 of 314) and their opponents are converting on 70.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 10.9 assists and 32.9 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 40th and 91st in the country. They are forcing their opponents into 12.9 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 41.3% from the floor (79th in college basketball).
In their last game, the Connecticut Huskies went home victorious with a score of 70-57 when they faced the Georgetown Hoyas. The Huskies were able to snag 28 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive rebounds for a total of 45 in the matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 14 times, while recording 8 steals for this contest. The Hoyas were called for 13 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Huskies to the free throw line for 13 attempts. They were able to bury 8 of them for a percentage of 61.5%. In reference to 3-pointers, Connecticut buried 2 of their 11 tries (18.2%). At the conclusion of this game, the Huskies finished the game shooting 30 out of 66 from the field which gave them a rate of 45.5%. The Huskies permitted the Hoyas to make 19 of their 53 attempts from the field which had them shooting 35.8% for the contest. They finished 21.1% from behind the 3-point line by going 4 out of 19 and finished the game at 15 out of 21 at the free throw line (71.4%). When discussing rebounds, Connecticut permitted Georgetown to snag 25 in total (6 on the offensive side).
James Bouknight pitched in for the Huskies in this contest. He converted 8 of 17 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 47.1%, and accounted for 10 rebounds. Bouknight had 20 points in his 34 minutes on the court and accumulated 1 assist in this game. Someone else that was important for Connecticut was R.J. Cole. He wrapped the game up with 7 assists in 34 mins on the hardwood, and he knocked down 8 out of 16 from the floor. Cole wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the field as well as collecting 17 points and 5 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Marquette (+6)
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