Seton Hall Pirates (11-4) vs Marquette Golden Eagles (12-3)Date : 01/12/2019
Time : 2:00 pm EST
Location : BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Seton Hall Pirates vs Marquette Golden Eagles
The Seton Hall Pirates will travel to BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to battle the 19th ranked Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in exciting Big East action. Marquette atoned for a prior loss to the St Johns Red Storm by picking up a victory at home over the Xavier Musketeers as the defense for Marquette totally shut down the offense for the Musketeers in allowing just 26 points in each half for the visitors while Marquette was able to finish the game shooting just 42% from the floor while connecting on 10 three-pointers on a night where Xavier shot just 31% from the floor.
On the other hand, the Seton Hall Pirates halted a seven-game losing streak by losing in heartbreaking fashion to the DePaul Blue Demons on the road as Seton Hall went down by five points at the half and despite a furious rally in the second stanza, were not able to pull out the victory.
Seton Hall Pirates's Latest Performance :
As stated, Seton Hall is only averaging 75 points per game on 45% shooting from the floor on a nightly basis in 2018. They continued to maintain this average throughout their last 5 games while their defense continues to remain solid as well as they allowed the Butler Bulldogs only 38% shooting from the floor while converting on just five of the 20 3-point attempts on the night as Kamar Baldwin along with Joey Brunk were the only two double-digit scorers for the night for the Bulldogs with 23 and 20 points, respectively, with Brunk pulling down 10 boards while going 6-10 from the floor on the night.
Seton Hall was awful from three-point range as well in connecting on just 5 of 18 attempts, however, was able to shoot a tad over 50% from the floor as a team while also outrebounding their opponents in this matchup by a 39-30 margin. And despite committing 14 turnovers for the contest, Seton Hall was able to grind out a hard-fought victory due to their ability to limit offensive opportunities late in the game in which to pick up a much-needed victory.
Myles Powell went 13-15 from the free throw line while ending with 31 points to lead the Pirates in the win while Quincy McKnight also chipped in 10 rebounds along with dishing out six assist for the contest. Nonetheless, McKnight also had four turnovers in the matchup as well. Nonetheless, Seton Hall will seek to continue their winning streak in which to win their second straight game as they have won two of their last three road games, overall. However, Marquette has won eight straight home games and will certainly be looking to extend their streak in Milwaukee, where they have been dominant as ever.
Marquette Golden Eagles's Latest Performance :
The Golden Eagles of Marquette continued their high-scoring ways in their last matchup versus the Creighton Bluejays on the road as they were able to put up 102 points, total, while shooting 55% from the field as well as connecting on a whopping 16 3-pointers on the night. Nonetheless, despite Marquette going up by six points at the half while putting up 45 points during this time, the Bluejays staged a rally in the second half in which they outscored the visitors 46 – 40, thus causing overtime, where the Golden Eagles were able to edge Creighton in scoring by a 21-19 margin while picking up a hard-fought Big East victory. Marquette also shot marvelously from the free throw line in going 24-30 for the contest while heavily outrebounding their opponents by 37-24 margin.
However, Marquette also committed 16 turnovers on the night, which certainly made the contest interesting throughout. Leading scorer Marcus Howard, however, was certainly the player of the night as he exploded for 53 points in this contest in going 10 of 14 from 3-point range as well while ending at 15-26 from the floor on the night. On the other hand, Joey and Sam Hauser chipped in 13 points apiece in the victory for the Golden Eagles as well.
Marquette was certainly uncharacteristic on the defensive end of the floor as they allowed Creighton to shoot 50% on the night while connecting on a whopping 17 of 33 3-point attempts for the contest as this was a high-scoring matchup throughout. Nonetheless, Marquette will certainly take the win and move on in which to face a Seton Hall Pirates squad that has struggled on the offensive end all year, yet, continues to possess a defensive unit which is certain to keep them competitive throughout the matchup.
How Seton Hall Pirates & Marquette Golden Eagles Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Seton Hall is 7 – 8 against the spread while the OU is 7 – 7
Marquette is 9 – 6 against the spread while the OU is 6 – 7
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This matchup will certainly be an interesting one as the Seton Hall Pirates will travel to face the Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday afternoon in a highly anticipated Big East contest. The Pirates have had a knack for keeping games close as eight of their last 10 contests have resulted in a decision of 6 points or less. With that being said, Marquette has been blowing out opponents left and right recently and will certainly look to kick-start their offense by pushing the pace early and often versus a solid defense that can certainly put the clamps on opposing offenses as this has been their mantra in 2018.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Marquette Golden Eagles
My reason for the pick :
I will back Marquette in this contest as while I believe that they will certainly bring their defensive intensity for this matchup. In all, I can see no way in which Seton Hall will be able to counter such a high-scoring offensive attack as that of Marquette in this matchup on Saturday afternoon. With that being said, look for Seton Hall to keep this game competitive for much of the contest while the Golden Eagles will pull away late in the second half by getting some critical baskets while neutralizing an average scoring attack for Seton Hall during this time en route to the much-needed conference victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
While the over has been the play in the majority of games for both these teams recently, with so much on the line in this matchup, I will back the under as I happen to believe that both defenses will hunker down that much more in which to pick up a much-needed victory. It will be important to mention that Seton Hall occupies the second spot within the conference while Marquette is just behind in the third-place slot. With that being said, look for both teams to pull out all the stops in which to pick up a win in this contest, which essentially begins by playing well on the defensive end.
Betting trends for Seton Hall Pirates:
- The Pirates are 2-4 against the spread in last six games
- The over is 4-1 in Pirates last 5 games
Betting trends for Marquette Golden Eagles:
- The Golden Eagles are 4-1 against the spread in last 5 games
- The over is 5 – 2 – 1 and Golden Eagles last eight games