Wisconsin Badgers vs. Marquette Golden Eagles Preview, Prediction, Free Pick, 12-8-2018




Wisconsin Badgers (8-1) vs Marquette Golden Eagles (7-2)

Date : 12/08/2018
Time : 5:00 PM
Location : BMO Harris Bradley Center

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Wisconsin Badgers vs Marquette Golden Eagles

The Marquette Golden Eagles are set to return home to the BMO Harris Bradley Center for their 5th consecutive home game as they will take on the Wisconsin Badgers, the opening tipoff is slated for 5:00 PM. Wisconsin is flying high after missing the NCAA Tournament last season as they are ranked 12th while Marquette looks like they are destined to make a run for March.

Wisconsin Badgers 's Latest Performance :

Wisconsin has rebounded nicely after going 15-18 in 2017 as they are currently sitting just outside the top 10 at 12 and have won some big games against solid opponents. The Badgers are coming off a hard-fought win against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights as they used a big 2nd half to overcome a sloppy 1st half. The Badgers have been led by senior forward Ethan Happ and he asserted his dominance against Rutgers as he dropped 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Happ is quietly having one of the best seasons in the Big Ten as he is averaging 17.7 PPG, 10.8 RPG, and 5 APG. Also having a nice season for the Badgers is sophomore guard D’Mitrik Trice as he is averaging 17 PPG and although he didn’t reach that mark against Rutgers he still dropped 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in the win. Wisconsin guard Brad Davidson has done all the dirty work for this team this year but he was unable to get much going against Rutgers as the sophomore was only held to 4 points and 1 rebound in over 28 minutes of playing time.

Marquette Golden Eagles 's Latest Performance :

The Marquette Golden Eagles have a big opportunity in this game to knock off yet another top 25 team as they beat Kansas State at home earlier in the week 83-71. Marquette is coming off a 76-69 win over UTEP in their recent outing as they received a big game out of their backcourt. Marquette is led by junior guard Markus Howard as he is averaging 22.4 PPG, 4.6 RPG, and 4.8 APG, and things didn’t change against UTEP as he dropped 21 points. The Golden Eagles have a pair of brothers in junior Sam Hauser and freshmen Joey Hauser. Sam Hauser has been more of the scorer this season but Joey had a better outing against UTEP as the freshmen forward dropped 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Although Sam scored below his season average of 14.2 PPG he still had a solid outing as he fell just short of a double-double with 8 points and 10 rebounds. Backup forward Ed Morrow put together a nice game in his 17 minutes of playing time as he dropped 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds which is above his season average of 5 PPG and 3 RPG.

How Wisconsin Badgers & Marquette Golden Eagles Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Wisconsin is 5-4 ATS, 2-0 ATS on the road.

Marquette is 4-5 ATS, 4-2 ATS at home.

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Marquette ranks 145th in the nation in team scoring as they score an average of 76.2 PPG while Wisconsin ranks 204th as they score an average of 73.8 PPG.

Wisconsin ranks 23rd in the nation in team defense as they hold opponents to an average of 61.3 PPG while Marquette ranks 74th as they hold opponents to an average of 66.4 PPG.

Against The Spread Selection: Marquette Golden Eagles*

My reason for the pick :

Both teams have been impressive in 2018 but I am siding with the home team in this matchup as they have shown the ability to turn up the heat against good defenses at home (Kansas State). Marquette has a good offense as they have an abundance of guards they can throw at you but the thing that has made this team so attractive this year is their defense as they rank 74th in the nation which will prove to be a problem against the 204th ranked offense. Marquette already proved themselves with a big-time win against 18th ranked Kansas State but the Golden Eagles also beat Louisville and pushed Kansas to their brink. I think they played inspired ball here and come out with a win.

Betting trends for Wisconsin Badgers :

  • Wisconsin is 5-2 ATS after a win this season.

Betting trends for Marquette Golden Eagles :

  • Marquette is 4-2 ATS as a home favorite this season.

Anthony

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