7 p.m. ET – Marquette at North Carolina (-9½) O/U: 144
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Marquette||+9½ (-105)||+350||O 145½ (-110)|
|North Carolina||-9½ (-115)||-450||U 145½ (-110)|
The 10-12 Golden Eagles travel to Chapel Hill to take on the 14-7 Tar Heels Wednesday night for a rare midseason non-conference battle. Marquette bounced back from three straight losses last Wednesday with a 73-57 road win at Butler. North Carolina has won three out of four games, most recently dismantling Louisville 99-54 on Saturday.
Marquette has struggled to find a leader this season after the departure of star guard Markus Howard to the NBA and the Hauser brothers transferring to Michigan State and Virginia, respectively. The Golden Eagles have four players averaging double figures, and last time out forward Jamal Cain recorded 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead them to the 16-point point victory over Butler.
The Tar Heels also are led by committee with four players averaging double figures. The emergence of forward Day’Ron Sharpe, who led the team with 21 points and 11 rebounds in the victory over Louisville, has helped them during their recent surge as the Heels finally are starting to look like a team worthy of the rich legacy of UNC teams that have come before.
A late February matchup rarely features two teams that have little familiarity, and that should favor the underdog. North Carolina should dominate this game on the glass, which will provide a great advantage, but Marquette has found a way to keep games close this season. While the Golden Eagles have 12 losses, nine of them have come by fewer than 10 points.
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