Villanova Wildcats vs Marquette Golden Eagles Prediction, 2/2/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Villanova Wildcats vs Marquette Golden Eagles
Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
The Villanova Wildcats (16-5) are traveling to Fiserv Forum on Wednesday where they will go up against the Marquette Golden Eagles (15-7).
The Villanova Wildcats faced off with St. John's and went home with a win by a final score of 73-62 in their last game. Concerning personal fouls, the Wildcats walked away with 20 and St. John's racked up 20 personal fouls. They also knocked down 4 of their 21 tries from three-point range. St. John's went 47.1% at the charity stripe by making 8 of 17 attempts. In addition, St. John's pulled down 33 rebounds (12 offensive, 21 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. St. John's earned 16 dimes and had 6 steals in the game. Regarding defense, Villanova allowed 39.7% from the floor on 25 out of 63 shooting. They also doled out 11 dimes in this game as well as creating 10 turnovers and earning 5 steals. When it comes to hauling in boards, they earned 31 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. At the free throw line, the Wildcats knocked down 20 of their 24 tries for a rate of 83.3%. Villanova ended the game having earned a 43.8% FG percentage (21 out of 48) and converted 11 out of their 23 shots from downtown.
Eric Dixon is a player who had an impact for the game. He finished 80.0% from the field but wasn't able to get an assist. He was on the hardwood for 17 minutes and grabbed 7 rebounds. He racked up 15 points on 4 of 5 shooting.
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Villanova comes into this matchup with a record of 16-5 on the campaign. They turn it over 9.3 times per contest and as a team are committing 15.3 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Villanova is collecting 35.6 boards per game and has accumulated 263 dimes on the season, which ranks 194th in college hoops in terms of passing. The Wildcats are connecting on 36.6% on shots from beyond the arc (199 of 543) and 82.4% from the charity stripe. They average 72.5 points per game (157th in the country) while shooting 43.7% from the field.
Defensively, the Wildcats are forcing their opponents into 12.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 16.6 fouls. They are relinquishing 30.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 15th in college basketball in PPG allowed (60.1). The Wildcats are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 39.8% (453 of 1,137) and they surrender 31.8 boards per contest as a unit. They are ranked 82nd in the nation in giving up assists to the opposition with 226 surrendered for the campaign.
The last time they took the court, the Marquette Golden Eagles took a loss by a final score of 65-63 when they played Providence. Concerning rebounding, Marquette allowed Providence to collect 35 in all (13 offensive). They shot 30.8% from distance by hitting 8 of 26 and finished the game at 11 of 16 from the free throw line (68.8%). The Golden Eagles allowed Providence to make 23 of 60 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 38.3% for this game. Overall, the Golden Eagles finished the game shooting 23 for 55 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.8%. In terms of shots from beyond the perimeter, Marquette knocked down 5 of their 19 attempts (26.3%). They were able to knock down 12 of those for a percentage of 80.0%. Providence earned 15 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Golden Eagles to the charity stripe for a total of 15 shots. They coughed up the ball 9 times, while earning 11 steals in this matchup. The Golden Eagles corralled 20 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 24 for the game.
Darryl Morsell was important for the Golden Eagles for this game. He scored 14 points in his 37 mins on the hardwood and had 5 assists in this matchup. He made 6 of 12 for this contest for a rate of 50.0%, and had 5 rebounds.
Marquette has a mark of 15-7 this season. The Golden Eagles commit 17.4 personal fouls every game while shooting 72.9% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 17.2 times per game (12th in Division 1) and they are turning it over 12.6 times per contest. Marquette has totaled 1,621 pts this season (73.7 per game) and they grab 35.7 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Golden Eagles are shooting 45.0% from the field, which is 131st in the nation.
The Golden Eagles defensively are ranked 178th in college basketball in PPG allowed with 68.7. They are forcing their opponents into 14.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 40.1% from the floor (43rd in D-1). The Marquette defense surrenders 30.9% on 3-point shots (146 of 473) and opponents are converting on 66.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 13.3 assists and 39.5 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 236th and 347th in the nation.
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Villanova
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