An intriguing game in the NCAA Tournament will be played on Thursday evening as 11th-seeded Washington faces 6th-seeded Marquette. This is the third straight year Marquette has been a number six seed in the NCAA tournament. Two years ago they beat 11th-seeded Kentucky in the first round before losing to third-seeded Stanford in overtime in the second round. Last year, Marquette beat 11th-seeded Utah State and lost to third-seeded Missouri in the second round. It is the fifth straight year the Eagles have made the tournament.
Marquette is a 2-point favorite at SBG Global.
Not much was expected of Marquette this season since they lost three starters but the Eagles really came together late in the season winning 11 of their last 14 games. The Eagles don’t have much of a bench so the starters are a big key. Marquette had some nice wins this year over Villanova, Georgetown and Xavier so they are capable of making a little run in the NCAA Tournament. Lazar Hayward is their big scorer. He was named second team All-Big East this college basketball betting season. Marquette is a good shooting team, especially from long range. The Eagles averaged 72.9 points per game this season while they allowed 64.2 points per game.
The Huskies had what could be considered a disappointing regular season but they made up for it by winning the Pac-10 Tournament. Washington has some players who can make an impact including Quincy Pondexter who leads the team in scoring.
Marquette and Washington have met twice in history but it was a long time ago. Marquette won 75-74 in 1966 and 71-63 in 1978.
The Huskies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall but they are just 3-9 ATS in their last 12 non-conference college basketball betting games. The Huskies are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog.
The Golden Eagles are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games. The Golden Eagles are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
The Over is 5-1 in the Huskies last 6 neutral site games as an underdog. The Under is 17-8 in the Huskies last 25 non-conference games. The Under is 4-0 in the Golden Eagles last 4 neutral site games as a favorite. The Over is 10-2 in the Golden Eagles last 12 NCAA Tournament games.