Providence Friars at Marquette Golden Eagles – NCAAM January 12

Providence (7-5, 3-3) at Marquette (6-4, 2-2)

Time: 6 PST/8 CST/9 EST
Place: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wis.
TV: FS1

Golden Eagles Lead Series, 19-11:

Marquette owns an 11-3 lead in the series in Milwaukee as the series is even at 5-5 over the last 10 games. Providence won both games a year ago including a n 81-80 overtime decision in Milwaukee.

Vs. The Spread:

Providence:

  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of the Friars’ last 9 games
  • The Friars are 6-14 ATS vs. Marquette in the last 20 games in the series
  • PC is 5-1 ATS in it’s last 6 road games

Marquette:

  • The Golden Eagles are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games
  • MU is 1-5 ATS in their last six home games
  • The Golden Eagles are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games this season
Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Providence +4 (-105) +165 O 139 (-115)
Marquette -4 (-115) -190 U 139 (-105)

Last Time Out:

The Friars are in the middle of a stretch where four of five games are on the road. They lost their second buzzer-beater in a row on Sunday when Xavier’s Colby Jones hit a three with .1 seconds remaining to give the Musketeers a 74-73 win. David Duke led the Friars with 30 points as he was 7-of-9 from three. A similar scenario went against Providence on Jan. 2 when Creighton’s Christian Bishop scored on a dunk with one second remaining as the Friars bowed to Bluejays, 67-65.

Marquette was scheduled to play at Villanova last Friday, but the game was postponed due to covid issues in the Wildcats’ program. The Golden Eagles haven’t played for a week as they lost to UConn, 65-54, on Jan. 5. Dawson Garcia led Marquette with 20 points as the Golden Eagles shot only 38.6 percent from the field.

Friars’ Clipboard:

Providence Friars LogoWe could potentially be in for an offensive show as both teams are in the Top 50 in offensive efficiency. Both teams also have potential to live off the offensive glass with Nate Watson of the Friars tallying 35 and Garcia and Justin Lewis at 28 each for Marquette.

Junior guard David Duke is trending into Big East Player of the Year conversations as he leads the Friars and ranks third in the Big East in scoring (20.2 ppg) and he is second on the team in rebounding (6.0 rpg) and assists (4.4 apg). The 6-10, 260-pound Watson gives Providence an excellent as he is s tandem as he is second of the squad in scoring and second in rebounding (18.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg). While the Friars struggle from long range, Watson (61.5%-FG) and Jimmy Wilson, Jr. (57.1%-FG) give them an inside scoring presence.

Providence X-Factor:
J. Reeves has a turnover rate of only 11.8 per 100 possessions as he follows Watson (11.4) in that category. Reeves has only one game out of 12 where he had more than one and he plays 28.1 minutes per game and Is second in make triples (20) behind Duke.

Golden Eagles’ Clipboard:

Marquette Golden Eagles LogoMarquette has a tough time in turning the rock over, but the Golden Eagles have five solid three-point threats led by Koby McEwen (41.5% – 3) and Jamal Cain (42.9% -3). Five players have double figures in makes so far and with the Friars giving up an average of around seven per game, this part of the Marquette attack could thrive. The Golden Eagles make 37.2 percent of their triples on the season. Marquette has had a tougher time scoring in Big East play although Garcia, the pre-season Big East Freshman of the Year has picked up his production in as he is shooting 53.6 percent from the field and has collected a pair of double-doubles against Big east foes.

Marquette X-Factor:
Theo John (8.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg) is the blue-collar laborer inside for coach Steve Wojciechowski. At 6-9, 245, he shoots 60.3 percent and has a team high 19 blocked shots while finding points on the offensive glass.

Winner: Marquette (-4) 79, Providence 72
O/U: Take OVER 139

The Bets
Marquette -4
-115
OVER 139
-115
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.