UConn Eyes First Ranked Win Since November
UConn has just one win in six games against the teams ahead of them in the Big East standings and that has led to the Huskies falling from No. 2 in the national polls to struggling to remain in the Top 25. One of those losses came to Marquette and here is a chance for payback with the Golden Eagles coming to Hartford.
Marquette has won five games in a row to move into a tie with Xavier atop the Big East standings. While the Golden Eagles are 13-1 at home, they are also two games over .500 on the road.
Marquette is second and UConn third in the Big East in points per game. More importantly, the Golden Eagles and Huskies are 1-2 in the conference in scoring margin.
Guard Sean Jones, who is averaging 4.5 points, is questionable for Marquette. He had seven points in the first game. Zach Wrightsil is out for the season with a knee injury. It should be all hands on deck for UConn.
Both teams moved up in the national polls. Marquette moved up four spots to No. 10 and UConn went from 24th to 21st in the Associated Press poll. In the coaches’ poll, Marquette went from 12th to 10th and UConn from 23rd to 21st.
According to the college basketball odds, UConn (+1800) is tied for seventh in the odds to win the national title while Marquette (+4000) is tied for 16th.
Homecoming for Kolek
The last time Tyler Kolek played against UConn, it was a bit of a struggle as he missed both of his 3-point attempts and committed five turnovers.
Now he heads back to New England for just the second time this season.
When he played at Providence, the Rhode Island native went off for a season-high 29 points on 15-of-19 shooting and five steals. He will be playing about a 90-minute drive from his hometown of Cumberland, R.I.
He is heading into the game playing at a high level. Kolek is averaging 18 points over his last six games while shooting 51% from the field and 41% from 3-point range. He is also contributing 5.0 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game.
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Marquette has covered against the Las Vegas odds in nine of its last 11 games.
Hitting the Glass
Earlier in the season, UConn used strong play inside, defensive intensity and timely shooting from the perimeter to rise up the rankings.
While the last three wins have come against teams at the bottom of the Big East standings, there have been some promising signs in recent action.
In a win over Georgetown the last time out, the Huskies pulled down 19 offensive rebounds. That matched the most this season in a conference game. That came after the Huskies set season highs with 30 free throws made and 34 attempted foul shots.
The level of competition is going up a notch with Marquette coming to town.
UConn has covered against the college basketball betting lines in just three of its last 12 games.
Marquette vs UConn Game Injuries
Marquette vs UConn Head-to-Head
Marquette snapped a four-game losing streak to UConn with its 82-76 win at home as a 2½-point underdog before 19 points from Oso Ighodaro.
Each of the last four games between the Golden Eagles and Huskies has finished over the total.
The last time Marquette won on the road in the series came in 2012. However, the teams went eight years between games because they were in different conferences.
Marquette vs UConn Game Information
- Game: Marquette (19-5, 11-2 Big East) vs UConn (18-6, 7-6)
- Location: XL Center, Hartford, CT
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m. ET
- Marquette vs UConn Live stream: TBS.com
Marquette vs UConn Betting Lines
Marquette vs UConn Picks and Prediction
UConn and Marquette are first and second in the Big East in 3-pointers attempted so shots figure to be flying from the perimeter in this matchup.
Marquette is second in the Big East connecting on 50% of its field goal attempts so this will be a challenging matchup for the UConn defense.
UConn has covered eight of its 13 home games. Marquette is 6-2 against the spread on the road.
UConn is 17-6 when listed as the favorite while Marquette is 3-3 when the sportsbook has the Golden Eagles as the underdog. This figures to be quite the battle. UConn needs to start showing that it can play with the best teams in the conference and this is the perfect time for that to happen.
UConn is listed at -195 in our Las Vegas college basketball lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Huskies, you have a chance to win $51. Marquette is +165, offering a chance to win $165 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives UConn a 66.10% chance to win, with the Golden Eagles at 37.74%.