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Thursday's NCAA Tournament action features a West Region matchup between the No. 5 Marquette Golden Eagles (24-9) and the No. 12 Murray State Racers (27-4). The Racers are on an 11-game win streak while the Golden Eagles have dropped five of their last six. Marquette is a 3.5-point favorite against Murray State, according to ​FanDuel Sportsbook.


It's always good to get the opinion of an expert before wagering on a matchup, so here is what some experts from around the industry are saying about this NCAA Tournament game. 


Marquette vs Murray State Predictions


Picks And Parlays

Adam, of Picks And Parlays, thinks this matchup will be determined by the better supporting cast. He is giving that edge to Marquette, so he expects them to win and cover. 

Hero Sports

The crew at Hero Sports thinks these are statistically the two best guards, Murray State's Ja Morant and Marquette's Markus Howard, going head to head. They like Howard and company to win and cover against Murray State. 


Sports Chat Place

The Sports Chat Place folks are big fans of Morant. They believe that if he plays like his usual self, Murray State will be able to pull off the upset. 

ESPN Basketball Power Index

The ESPN BPI is giving Marquette a 65.5-percent chance at the win despite its recent slump. 


Overall, that's two experts expecting the win and cover out of Marquette with one expert predicting Murray State to upset the Golden Eagles. ESPN is favoring Marquette in this one, so we could be in for an exciting opening-round matchup. 


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