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Marquette vs Western Kentucky Basketball Prediction, Best Bets, Spread & Odds - NCAA Tournament First Round

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Marquette vs Western Kentucky Basketball Prediction, Best Bets, Spread & Odds - NCAA Tournament First Round

The No. 2 Marquette Golden Eagles (25-9) play the No. 15 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (22-11) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, beginning at 2:00 PM ET.

Before you place your bet on this matchup at FanDuel Sportsbook, here are the NCAA basketball odds and spreads you need to know.

Marquette vs. Western Kentucky Game Info and Odds

  • Game Day: Friday, March 22, 2024
  • Game Time: 2:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: TBS
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Arena: Gainbridge Fieldhouse

Marquette vs. Western Kentucky Picks and Prediction

All college basketball win probability predictions and picks are according to numberFire.
Prediction: Marquette win (75.5%)

Before you wager on Friday's Marquette-Western Kentucky spread (Marquette -14.5) or total (157.5 points), read the betting insights and trends below.

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Marquette vs. Western Kentucky: ATS Betting Stats and Trends

  • Marquette is 20-14-0 ATS this season.
  • Western Kentucky is 19-11-0 ATS this year.
  • The Golden Eagles have done a better job covering the spread when playing at home (11-5-0) than they have in road games (6-6-0).
  • In 2023-24 against the spread, the Hilltoppers have a better winning percentage at home (.636, 7-4-0 record) than on the road (.615, 8-5-0).

Marquette vs. Western Kentucky: Moneyline Betting Stats

  • Marquette has been chosen as the moneyline favorite in 25 games this year and has walked away with the win 21 times (84%) in those games.
  • The Golden Eagles have yet to lose in seven games when named as moneyline favorite of -1450 or better.
  • Western Kentucky has won 53.8% of the games this season it was the moneyline underdog (7-6).
  • The Hilltoppers have yet to play as a moneyline underdog of +810 or longer.
  • The moneyline set for this matchup implies Marquette has a 93.5% chance of coming away with a victory in the contest.

Marquette vs. Western Kentucky Head-to-Head Comparison

  • Marquette averages 78.3 points per game (61st in college basketball) while allowing 69.7 per outing (105th in college basketball). It has a +292 scoring differential overall and outscores opponents by 8.6 points per game.
  • Kam Jones is 144th in college basketball with a team-high 16.8 points per game.
  • Western Kentucky outscores opponents by 6.5 points per game (posting 80.6 points per game, 30th in college basketball, and allowing 74.1 per contest, 250th in college basketball) and has a +215 scoring differential.
  • Don McHenry's 15.2 points per game paces Western Kentucky and ranks 264th in the nation.
  • The Golden Eagles lose the rebound battle by 2.8 boards on average. They collect 32.8 rebounds per game, which ranks 314th in college basketball, while their opponents grab 35.6 per outing.
  • Oso Ighodaro is 189th in college basketball play with 6.9 rebounds per game to lead the Golden Eagles.
  • The Hilltoppers win the rebound battle by an average of 3.3 boards. They are collecting 39.8 rebounds per game (18th in college basketball) compared to their opponents' 36.5.
  • Babacar Faye paces the team with 5.6 rebounds per game (441st in college basketball).
  • Marquette scores 101.2 points per 100 possessions (46th in college basketball), while allowing 90.1 points per 100 possessions (94th in college basketball).
  • The Hilltoppers rank 170th in college basketball averaging 95.4 points per 100 possessions on offense, and defensively are 44th, allowing 87.7 points per 100 possessions.

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