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Xavier vs Marquette Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Battle for Big East Regular Season Championship

Xavier, Marquette Clash for Inside Track to Big East Title

The Xavier Musketeers did not make the NCAA Tournament last season but are in contention for the Big East regular season championship this time around.

Meanwhile, Marquette is thriving under head coach Shaka Smart. They’re also in the running, which is what makes this matchup so interesting on the college basketball odds.

Oso Ighodaro #13 of the Marquette Golden Eagles
Oso Ighodaro #13 of the Marquette Golden Eagles - Quinn Harris/Getty Images/afp

Which team is the best bet online to cover the spread on Wednesday?

Let’s check the latest college basketball news, stats, injury reports, and college basketball lines for Xavier vs Marquette. We’ve got plenty of NCAA basketball picks for you to consider.

Xavier Must Reset After Stunning Friday Loss

The Xavier Musketeers were in first place in the Big East heading into Friday night’s game against the Butler Bulldogs, who were 4-10 in the Big East and 12-13 overall.

It should have been straightforward for Xavier, but the Musketeers played poorly in the first half, falling behind by 14 points at halftime.

They scrambled back to tie the game at 67 late, but then came a highly controversial goaltending call on the Musketeers, which gave Butler a 69-67 lead with 2.5 seconds left.

Xavier couldn’t score on its final possession, and the Muskies absorbed a very painful defeat. Coach Sean Miller has done a superb job with Xavier this season after returning to the school.

He had previously coached at Xavier over a decade ago, leading the team to the Elite Eight in 2008 and the Sweet 16 in 2009.

Then he went to Arizona, where his tenure was marred by controversy. His return to Xavier has been much smoother than anyone expected, with this loss to Butler being the first real stumble of his season.

It will be fascinating to see how this team responds against Marquette.

Marquette Tries to Keep Special Season on Track

The coaching career of Shaka Smart was at a crossroads when he failed at Texas. Smart was supposed to make Texas a Final-Four-level team after reaching the Final Four against all odds in 2011 with Virginia Commonwealth.

He parlayed that feat into the Texas job, but he simply couldn’t get the Longhorns over the hump in March, so he sought a fresh start at Marquette. There was optimism that he could be good, but many people doubted he would be this good this quickly.

Marquette is 12-3 in the Big East, having won four of its last five games. The Golden Eagles are half a game ahead of Xavier and one game ahead of Providence and Creighton, which sits in fourth place at 17-9, 11-4.

Marquette’s only three Big East losses were all road games to good teams: at Xavier, UConn, and Providence in overtime. If Marquette can defend its home floor, it should win the Big East championship.

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Xavier vs Marquette Head-to-Head

These two schools last met in January. Xavier won, 80-76.

Xavier vs Marquette Game Information

  • Game: Xavier (19-6, 11-3 Big East) vs Marquette (20-6, 12-3)
  • Location: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
  • Day/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Xavier vs Marquette Live Stream: TBS.com

Xavier vs Marquette Betting Lines

Xavier vs Marquette Picks and Prediction

The game should be very close, but Marquette has been perfect at home this season. That’s what should tip the scales in the sportsbook here.

The Golden Eagles should be able to win, but the margin will be small, so keep that in mind when you lock in your college basketball picks.

Marquette is listed at -250 in our Vegas college basketball lines. So, if you wager $100 on the Golden Eagles, there’s a chance to win $40. Xavier is +205, with a chance to win $205 on a $100 wager.

The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Musketeers a 32.79% chance to win, with the Golden Eagles at 71.43%.

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.

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