UConn Huskies vs. Marquette Golden Eagles Pick – NCAAM January 5, 2021

The Connecticut Huskies are on the road at Marquette for a Tuesday night date with the Marquette Golden Eagles. UConn can advance to 5-1 on the season with a win in this one. Meanwhile, Marquette is trying to stay afloat and avoid dropping to .500 at 6-6. A lot of people were high on Marquette early on, but I wasn’t as confident. I said to wait it out, and they haven’t been playing top-notch basketball since a 89-84 win over the No. 7 Creighton Bluejays on December 14.

Having said that, there aren’t a lot of teams that can say they have a win over quality opponents like Creighton and Wisconsin. Along with the win over Creighton, Marquette were 67-65 winners over Wisconsin on December 4. That one had a bit of a bizarre ending, with the Golden Eagles on the winning side of a close one. Marquette is 2-1 against ranked opponents, with a loss against No. 3 Villanova on December 23 their other ranked game. That wasn’t competitive, as the Wildcats entered Marquette and blew them out of the gym by a score of 85-68.

Marquette was able to respond nicely on the road at Georgetown. The Golden Eagles dispatched the Hoyas, 64-60, in a decent enough effort to get off the .500 mark. Marquette is one of those teams who just needs to do enough to get into the NCAA Tournament. They are extremely hot and cold. Maybe they get in and get hot at the perfect time. That’s essentially what the NCAA Tournament is all about. The Golden Eagles have the record of an NIT team at the moment, so they will have to improve from 6-5.

UConn has been in fine form with a record of 4-1. They’ve only played five games, but have shown enough so far. Their only loss this season was a 76-74 loss against No. 7 Creighton. Solid effort, but the Bluejays had the 2-point edge in overtime in a game that could have gone in either direction. The Huskies came back with a 82-61 win over DePaul on December 30. The women’s team at UConn has been getting all of the attention in recent memory, but maybe the men finally get things together in the Covid-19 season. Head below for our free UConn vs. Marquette pick on January 5, 2021.

Connecticut Huskies vs. Marquette Golden Eagles NCAA Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • UConn +2 (-110)
  • Marquette -2 (-110)
Moneyline:

  • UConn OFF
  • Marquette OFF
Total:

  • Over 139 (-110)
  • Under 139 (-110)

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UConn vs. Marquette Prediction:

UConn has been in pretty nice form in all of their outings this season. Prior to nearly beating Creighton, the Huskies beat USC by a score of 61-58, and then a point away in regulation from beating a solid Bluejays squad. Instead of a letdown against DePaul, the Huskies steamrolled them for a final score of 82-61. There wasn’t much competition to be had in that contest.

In all, UConn has scored an average of 77.6 points per game for 94th in the nation. James Bouknight nearly won the game on his own shoulders against Creighton, as he scored 40 points in the 76-74 loss. The sophomore has been promising this season, with 23.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. The only problem I have with UConn is that they haven’t played a true road game in 2020. Four games have been at home, while another on a neutral site.

Their outing against Marquette on Tuesday night is their first showing in a true road spot on an opposing team’s campus. The Golden Eagles have netted an average of 74.3 points per game going into Tuesday. Not special, but they’ve held up well against better teams than UConn this season. The Huskies haven’t had much of a letdown this season, but I could see this being that spot in their first outing on the road. Expect Marquette to pull away in the final five minutes to cover.

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