NCAA Basketball Picks: Marquette vs. Seton Hall

David Lawrence

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 11:20 AM GMT

The Big East tournament starts on Wednesday and when a conference tournament starts, you’re looking at teams that are not likely to make the NCAA tournament. In this matchup, Marquette opened up as a one-point dog to Seton Hall on the college basketball betting lines.

The Marquette Golden Eagles Can Win Because…
If Marquette is to win this game, it must start with what it does well. The Golden Eagles are first in the Big East in turnovers forced per game, with 13.7. The team is also third in the Big East in assists per game, with 14.8. Marquette is also a solid defensive team, fifth in the conference in field goal percentage defense and fourth in two-point field goal defense. The Golden Eagles are coached by Steve Wojciechowski, a former assistant to Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. Wojciechowski was known for his tough defense, and the Golden Eagles have followed his lead.

Marquette can also cover because Seton Hall is a team that has fallen apart over the course of this season. The Pirates seemed to be on track for the NCAA tournament at a much earlier part of the season, but now, they have lost eight of their last nine games and 11 of their last 14. This is not a team that can be trusted, and it’s not a team that has done anything particularly well over the past month and a half. Seton Hall

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The Seton Hall Pirates Can Win Because…
The Pirates have to think this is a favorable matchup for them on Wednesday. Marquette is in the bottom three of the Big East in shooting percentage at 43.4, and next to last in three-point shooting percentage at 33.6. Marquette is dead last in the Big East in points scored per possession, at 0.98 points. Marquette is also last in the Big East in rebounding percentage at 45.2. Seton Hall can exploit a lot of these deficiencies on the part of the Golden Eagles.

Seton Hall can contain Marquette’s offense, as shown by the fact that the Pirates are the best defensive team in the Big East in terms of three-point shooting. The Hall allows opponents to hit only 28.8 percent of their three-point shots. It’s one of the things this team does really well. One of the other things Seton Hall excels at is three-point shooting. The Pirates are fourth in the Big East at three-point shooting at 35.4 percent. The three-point shot is such a major part of college basketball, and the Pirates do this a lot better at both ends than Marquette does.  This is a big reason to pick Seton Hall.

Outlook
In early January, Seton Hall would have been favored by a lot more than just one point. Now, Seton Hall’s togetherness as a team must be questioned after a long losing period. Seton Hall is struggling and Marquette will take advantage. Take the Golden Eagles with your NCAA Basketball picks here.

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