Marquette Going after Its 11th Win in a Row
Don’t let the scores in the first round disguise the fact that both the seventh-seeded Spartans and second-seeded Golden Eagles were pushed in the tournament openers.
It will be an interesting game for Michigan State’s second-leading scorer. Joey Hauser, the only Wisconsin native on the Spartans’ roster, played at Marquette as a freshman. None of the current Marquette players were on the team when Hauser played there.
When it comes to the college basketball news, Michigan State is in pretty good shape from an injury standpoint.
For the Golden Eagles, forward Zach Wrightsil, who hasn’t played since mid-November, is out for the season with a knee injury. Guard Emarion Ellis has yet to play this season for Marquette.
Marquette moved up two spots to No. 4 in the coaches poll and is sixth in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
According to the march madness odds, Marquette (+1600) is tied for ninth in the odds to win the national championship. Michigan State (+5000) is 17th.
It took a late basket by the Spartans’ A.J. Hoggard to avoid heading into the locker room trailing at halftime in Friday’s NCAA tournament opener against Southern California.
The Trojans shot 50% from the field in the first half. It was a much different story after halftime with USC missing seven of the first eight shots in the second half to give the Spartans some breathing room.
Freshman Carson Cooper and senior Tyson Walker had four points each as Michigan State used a 15-6 run to take control of the game.
USC got as close as four points on a couple of occasions but never could make it a one-possession game again. Points in the paint were 32-20 in favor of the Spartans and Michigan State shooting 52.5% inside the 3-point line.
Michigan State is 5-8 against the college basketball lines in its last 13 games.
Jones Delivers for Golden Eagles
Marquette was in danger of becoming the latest title contender to be on the wrong end of a March Madness upset.
No. 15 seed Vermont was only down by five points after back-to-back baskets by Robin Duncan and Finn Sullivan.
At that point, Kam Jones took over. Jones would score Marquette’s next 18 points and he had all the points for the Golden Eagles during a 13-4 run to push the lead to 14 points.
Marquette would lead by as much as 24 points and won 78-61 to advance to the second round.
Jones finished with 19 points.
MU opens their largest lead of the game. Kam Jones is now up to 19 points after having 1 point in the 1st half.
MU 69 | UVM 50 | 2H 7:06 #MUBB | #WeAreMarquette pic.twitter.com/W4rHclsvK5
— Marquette Basketball (@MarquetteMBB) March 17, 2023
Sophomores Oso Ighodaro and David Joplin combined for 26 points, eight assists, and no turnovers.
Five of the last six games played by Marquette went under the college basketball odds total.
Michigan State vs Marquette Game Injuries
Michigan State vs Marquette Head-to-Head
Michigan State has won 10 of the 12 meetings with Marquette. Ten of those came in the 1950s as did both of the wins by the Golden Eagles.
The most recent meeting was a 79-68 win by Michigan State on Nov. 28, 2014, with the Spartans listed as a 12½-point favorite. That result won’t help those who have to make college basketball picks.
The last matchup in the NCAA tournament was a 61-49 win by the Spartans, who were favored by two points, in the first round in 2007 with that game going well under the 126-point total.
Michigan State vs Marquette Game Information
- Game: Michigan State (20-12, 11-8 Big Ten) vs Marquette (29-6, 17-3 Big East)
- Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
- Day/Time: Sunday, March 19, 5:15 p.m. ET
- Michigan State vs Marquette Live Stream: TBS.com
Michigan State vs Marquette Betting Lines
Michigan State vs Marquette Picks & Prediction
This has the potential to be one of the better games in the second round. Both teams have experienced backcourts and can get offense from a variety of positions.
Marquette, which has won 10 games in a row, posted its first NCAA tournament win since reaching the Elite Eight in 2013. Michigan State is looking for its first trip to the regionals since reaching the Final Four in 2015.
Michigan State is going to try to control the tempo because when it comes to trading baskets, that might be hard for the Spartans to outscore the Golden Eagles.
Marquette is 22-12-1 against the spread, the second-best mark in the Big East.
The Golden Eagles are 24-1 when listed by the sportsbook as the favorite and covered in 13 of the last 18 games as the favorite. Michigan State is 3-9 as the underdog.
Marquette is listed at -145 in our Las Vegas college basketball lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Golden Eagles, you have a chance to win $69. Michigan State is +125, offering a chance to win $125 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Marquette a 59.18% chance to win, with Michigan State at 44.44%.
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