Marquette Golden Eagles vs Villanova Wildcats Prediction, 12/31/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Marquette Golden Eagles vs Villanova Wildcats
Date: Saturday, December 31, 2022
Location: Finneran Pavilion in Villanova, PA
TV: Youtube TV
The Villanova Wildcats (7-5) are hosting the Marquette Golden Eagles (10-4) at Finneran Pavilion on Saturday.
The Marquette Golden Eagles stepped onto the hardwood against Seton Hall and took home the win by a score of 83-69 in their last contest. In reference to personal fouls, the Golden Eagles ended up finishing with 16 while Seton Hall accumulated 12 personal fouls. They also buried 7 out of their 23 tries from distance. Seton Hall finished 54.5% from the free throw line by converting 12 of their 22 tries. Furthermore, Seton Hall snagged 34 rebounds (13 offensive, 21 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Seton Hall distributed 15 dimes and had 5 steals in this contest. In terms of defense, Marquette allowed 46.3% from the floor on 25 of 54 shooting. They also recorded 21 assists in this contest in addition to forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and earning 11 steals. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 29 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. At the free throw line, the Golden Eagles converted 8 of their 11 tries for a percentage of 72.7%. Marquette ended with a 54.1% FG percentage (33 out of 61) and converted 9 of their 25 shots from 3-point land.
Oso Ighodaro is a guy who was a major contributor for the game. He walked away from this one shooting 88.9% from the floor and also earned 4 dimes. He played 30 mins and grabbed 10 rebounds. He ended up walking away with 16 points on 8 out of 9 shooting.
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Marquette comes into this matchup with a mark of 10-4 on the year. They turn it over 11.5 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 16.9 fouls every game. As a team, Marquette is collecting 33.5 rebounds per contest and has racked up 252 assists so far this year, which is 6th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. The Golden Eagles are hitting 34.0% on 3-pointers (121 of 356) and 69.2% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 82.4 pts per contest (25th in Division 1) while connecting on 49.7% from the field.
When they are on the defensive end, the Golden Eagles are forcing 16.1 turnovers per game while drawing 15.9 fouls. They rank 330th in D-1 in giving up assists with 199 conceded so far this year. The Golden Eagles are giving up a FG percentage of 43.1% (353 of 819) and they concede 35.8 rebounds per game as a unit. They concede 33.3% on shots from distance and they are 224th in college hoops in points per game allowed (70.2).
When they last stepped on the court, the Villanova Wildcats got the victory with a final of 78-63 when they played St. John's. When discussing rebounds, Villanova permitted St. John's to grab 37 overall (10 offensive). They wrapped up this game 24.0% from three-point range via 6 of 25 and finished the game at 3 of 6 at the charity stripe (50.0%). The Wildcats allowed St. John's to bury 27 of their 75 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 36.0% in this game. When the game finished, the Wildcats went 28 out of 59 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 47.5%. In reference to shooting from beyond the arc, Villanova made 6 of 19 attempts (31.6%). They were able to bury 16 of the free throw tries for a rate of 94.1%. St. John's earned 16 personal fouls in the game which took the Wildcats to the charity stripe for 17 shots. They also turned it over 11 times, while earning 7 steals in this matchup. The Wildcats corralled 33 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive boards totaling 37 for the contest.
Eric Dixon pitched in for the Wildcats in this game. He earned 18 points in his 31 mins of playing time and had 2 assists for the contest. He knocked down 7 of 16 in the matchup for a field goal rate of 43.8%, and had 6 rebounds.
Villanova has a record of 7-5 so far this year. As an offensive team, the Wildcats are connecting on 43.9% from the field, which is 224th in college basketball. Villanova has 859 points on the year (71.6 per game) and they grab 31.8 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 12.1 times per contest (281st in D-1) and they turn the ball over 9.3 times per contest. The Wildcats commit 15.3 fouls per contest and they connect on 83.3% from the free throw line.
The Villanova defense concedes 34.9% on shots from distance (103 of 295) and their opponents are connecting on 73.5% of their free throw shots. They surrender 15.0 assists and 33.9 boards on a nightly basis, which is 323rd and 176th in those categories. The Wildcats on defense are ranked 141st in college basketball in PPG given up with 67.1. They are able to force 11.9 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.3% from the field (215th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Marquette
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