Marquette is coming off an impressive win over No. 1 Kansas and now looks to top Purdue to win the Maui Invitational. Both Marquette and Purdue are going after their first Maui Invitational, with Marquette in the title game for the first time since 2007 and Purdue playing in the title game for the first time since 1999. Purdue comes into the game as the favorite according to the college basketball betting lines.
After rallying past UCLA in its tournament opener, Marquette only trailed for 22 seconds in a convincing 14-point win over favored Kansas. Things got a little testy when Kansas guard Kevin McCullar got into a dialogue with Marquette coach Shaka Smart that resulted in technical fouls being issued to both teams.
On the court, Marquette outscored Kansas 46-26 in the paint to reach the title game. Purdue had a much tougher task against Tennessee in a game that featured more made free throws than converted field goals.
Purdue has won six of the seven meetings with Marquette and that included a 75-70 win by the host Boilermakers as eight-point favorites in 2022.
The college basketball odds list Purdue as the 3½-point favorite. Before that game, Tennessee will play Kansas in the third-place game. The tournament wraps up with the Gonzaga-UCLA and Chaminade-Syracuse games. The tournament was moved from Maui to Honolulu due to the wildfires in the Maui area.
Purdue (+1100) has the best odds of winning the NCAAB title with Marquette coming in fifth at +1500.
When looking at the college basketball rankings. Purdue is second in both national polls as the Boilermakers received a total of 10 first-place votes. Marquette moved up from No. 5 to No. 4 in the Associated Press poll and jumped from seventh to fifth in the coaches poll.
Marquette Post Players Face Another Huge Challenge
There were questions about how Marquette would match up with 7-foot-2 former Michigan star Hunter Dickinson when Marquette met up with Kansas in the Maui Invitational semifinals.
Dickinson was held to 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Now comes another huge test in more ways than one as the Golden Eagles will meet up with Purdue’s 7-foot-4 Zach Edey.
Unlike Dickinson, who often floats out to the perimeter, Edey will be in the low post for the majority of the game. Edey had 20 points in last year’s meeting.
Marquette presents some matchup issues of its own. The 6-foot-11 Oso Ighodaro has 35 points and 13 rebounds in the first two games of the tournament. Sophomore Cam Ross added 12 points against Kansas off the bench as the Golden Eagles were +13 in bench points.
When looking at the NCAAB expert picks, keep in mind that eight of Marquette’s last 10 games finished under the total.
Loyer Heating Up for Purdue
After missing all six of his shots in a win over Gonzaga in the first round of the tournament, Fletcher Loyer erupted for 27 points, matching his total from the previous four games combined, against Tennessee.
Loyer’s 3-pointer just 18 seconds into the second half gave Purdue the lead. While Tennessee would tie the game, the Volunteers would never lead again.
Fletcher Loyer had a night. 💪
— Big Ten Men’s Basketball (@B1GMBBall) November 22, 2023
Loyer had three of Purdue’s four 3-pointers in the win and that helped to open up room for Edey to operate. The 27 points matched his career high set against Nebraska as a freshman.
Purdue is 15-1 over the last two seasons when Loyer has at least 10 points in a game.
Purdue has covered against the college basketball betting lines against the Las Vegas odds in four of its five games.
Go With Underdog Marquette to Win
These teams look pretty evenly matched with both teams having tough tests in Honolulu.
After beating No. 1 Kansas. Marquette is still the underdog and if the Golden Eagles can keep Purdue off the foul line, the Golden Eagles have a pretty good chance to win the program’s first Maui Invitational championship.
With all due respect to No. 3 Arizona, the winner of this game will likely ascend to the top of the two national polls.
It might be worth jumping on the +127 odds for Marquette to become the first team to score 20 points in the game.
Marquette is 7-6-1 against the spread in neutral-site games over the last three seasons. Kansas is 12-9 in those contests during that stretch.
The Boilermakers are just 28-40-3 against the college basketball spread as the favorite in the last three seasons. Marquette is 19-8-2 ATS as the underdogs over the last three seasons. Keep that in mind when looking at the best college basketball bets.
Those numbers are enough to roll with Marquette when it comes to the NCAAB picks today. With the total set at 143, this is not expected to be an offensive showcase.
College basketball Pick: Marquette Golden Eagles -3½
Marquette vs Purdue Game Information
- Game: Marquette (5-0) vs Purdue (5-0)
- Location: Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, HI
- Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 22, 5 p.m. ET
- Marquette vs Purdue Live Stream: TBS.com
Questions Of The Day
Will the No. 2-ranked Purdue Boilermakers win the Maui Invitational?
Purdue is fortunate to even be in the Nov. 22 title game and the Boilermakers will have their hands full with Marquette.
Will the Maui Invitational championship game go over the total?
Just two of Marquette’s first five games have gone over the total this season. Three of Purdue’s five games landed over the total so it might make sense to go with this game to fall under the 141½-point total.