Friday, January 27, 2012

Villanova-Marquette Preview

Tomorrow at noon at the Wells Fargo Center, Villanova will take on Marquette for the second time this season.  The teams previously met on January 1st, with Marquette sneaking away with an 81-77 win after a furious late game charge by Villanova. The Golden Eagles are led by senior Shooting Guard Darius Johnson-Odom, who is averaging 18 points per game, and senior forward Jae Crowder, who is adding 16 points and 7.5 rebounds.

Ken Pomeroy's computer rankings index has Marquette as the 19th best team in the nation based on the fact that they're in the top 30 in the country in both offensive and defensive efficiency. Villanova is markedly worse in both categories. While this game is probably winnable, Villanova needs to do some things markedly different (bench Dominic Cheek) in order to pull off an upset.

As far as betting is concerned, the line is only 1.5 points, so this game is essentially a pick 'em. Judging by the fact that Marquette is extremely hot right now, having won their last five games, I'd lean towards picking them to cover the spread, but I'm not too confident because I have no idea which Villanova team will show up.

The game will be on ESPN2 tomorrow at noon.

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