Add Marquette +8.5 Over Georgetown to Your NCAA Basketball Picks

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 4:35 PM GMT

Georgetown has been one of the more inconsistent teams in the country, which provides underdog Marquette betting value in this Big East matchup.

Playing Hard
Marquette has played with great effort in putting together a 9-5 SUATS record through 14 games, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA basketball odds, as it comes off a 75-66 victory over Providence as 1.5-point home favorites last Saturday.

The Golden Eagles are going to attract plenty of action when getting points under first year head coach Steve Wojciechowski, who was known to be play with great effort and enthusiasm during his time as a collegiate player at Duke.

Sports bettors will find that the program is 2-3 SU and 5-0 ATS as underdogs in the early going, with the OVER going 3-2 in that situation.

 

Frustrating Play
Georgetown has a chance of making some noise in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, which is important to consider when making your basketball selections, but it has alternated wins and losses against the spread in its last 10 contests.

The Hoyas have a very talented freshmen class that will continue to grow as the season goes on—a group that provides 36.8 percent of the team’s minutes and 33 percent of its scoring.

Forward L.J. Peak is the main player to watch in the group, as he ranks third on the team in averaging 9.9 points in playing in all 13 games to this point.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the squad is 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points.

 

Opportunistic 
The Golden Eagles rank second in the Big East and 21st nationally with a +3.8 turnover margin—finishing with more miscues than their opponent on just one occasion.

Marquette has an opportunity to win that all-important statistical category at the Verizon Center, as Georgetown turns it over on 20.5 percent of its offensive possessions.

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Watch the Scoreboard
The Hoyas have compiled a dominating 141-20 SU record when scoring at least 69 points under head coach John Thompson, including a 6-1 mark this season.

Georgetown is capable of reaching that number against any team in the country due to its offense ranking 38th in effective field goal percentage, but Marquette has limited its last five opponents to an average of 56.6 points on 37.5 percent shooting.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Golden Eagles as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as they’ve covered the number in their last six games versus teams with a winning record.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Marquette Golden Eagles +8.5 at 5Dimes