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Marquette ATS Pick on Road vs Providence

College basketball is about to get into the full swing of things with the start of conference play. The Big East opens with a big matchup between No. 6 Marquette and Providence, each with a 9-2 record. This matchup immediately becomes an early highlight in NCAAB lines.

In the Golden Eagles’ last game, they got a wake-up call against St. Thomas-Minnesota, only winning 84-79 as 22½-point favorites. Similarly, the Friars were favored to beat Sacred Heart by 20 points but failed to cover the spread in a 78-64 win.

Marquette ATS Pick on Road vs Providence
Marquette ATS Pick on Road vs Providence

Marquette vs Providence Game Information

  • Game: Marquette (9-2) vs Providence (9-2)
  • Location: Amica Mutual Pavilion, Providence, RI
  • Day/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 19, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Marquette vs Providence Live Stream: TBS.com


Marquette (9-2) is a slight favorite on the road against Providence (9-2). Both schools are starting their Big East Conference schedule against each other and were each tested in the last game. That does have a chance to make things interesting in NCAAB picks today.


Marquette vs Providence Odds and Spreads

Marquette vs Providence Prediction

Marquette 73, Providence 65

  • Golden Eagles are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games.
  • Golden Eagles are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog of 0.5-6.5.
  • Friars are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss.
  • Golden Eagles are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight-up win.
  • Friars are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning straight-up record.
  • Friars are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Under is 7-0 in Golden Eagles’ last 7 games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5.
  • Under is 5-0 in Golden Eagles’ last 5 Tuesday games.

Moneyline Pick- Marquette -190 vs Providence

Even with Marquette starting Big East conference play on the road, the reigning champions are still high on the list in college basketball odds to repeat. The Golden Eagles have played well through non-conference play, going 3-1 against ranked opponents, with that only loss coming against Purdue.

The backcourt duo of Tyler Kolek and Kam Jones has been the driving force for Marquette, doing a lot of the heavy lifting to get the team where it is now. Kolek is averaging 15 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.9 assists while Jones is scoring 15.6, leading the team. On top of that, both are shooting over 40% from three.

However, Oso Ighodaro has stepped up over the last two games to provide some presence in the interior. Ighodaro had 20 points in a win over Notre Dame and followed that up with 21 and eight rebounds against St. Thomas-Minnesota.

Marquette has a balance that few teams can match this season, so college basketball picks will keep favoring them.

ATS Pick: Marquette (-4½) vs Providence

Marquette will be on the road for its opening game of the Big East season, and Providence will certainly pose some problems. However, the Golden Eagles should have the advantage in this game because of what is expected from them in college basketball predictions.

While the Friars have not been untested, with a recent loss to a ranked Oklahoma on the road, that is one of two marquee matchups. The other came in a win over Wisconsin in the third game of the season, which was a long time ago.

The chance for Providence in college basketball spreads is its defense. The Friars allow the second-fewest points from the conference at 63.5 points per game. To keep this game close, Providence’s defense has to show up in a big way, which it might not be able to do.

Team Prop Pick: Marquette Total Points Under (75.5)

Marquette does have an advantage over Providence, and it should be able to win this game to start Big East play on the right foot. However, after a sluggish performance against St. Thomas-Minnesota, the Golden Eagles could struggle against a strong defense from the Friars. It might not affect the outcome, but Marquette could win this game without scoring many points.

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The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.


Questions Of The Day

Who are some of the key players to watch?

Tyler Kolek could easily be the best player stepping on the court in this game for Marquette, while Oso Ighodaro has two great back-to-back games.

Is there value in betting against the favorite (Marquette) with the current spread?

There is some value given that Providence’s defense could grind this game down, but not enough to be a sure lock.

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