Xavier at Marquette 1/6/19 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 08/21/2019 at 11:20 AM ET

On Sunday, the Xavier Musketeers visit Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to play the No. 16 ranked Marquette Golden Eagles. The Musketeers fell to 9-6 on the season following an 80-70 loss on Wednesday to Seton Hall. The Musketeers led by four at the half, but were outscored by 14 points during the second half. Paul Scruggs led the Musketeers with 22 points.

Marquette saw its eight-game winning streak snapped by St. John’s as the Red Storm beat the Golden Eagles 89-69 on Tuesday. Marquette trailed 39-31 at the half and were outscored by 12 points during the second half. Marquette leading scorer Markus Howard scored just eight points hitting just 2 of 15 field goals. Joey Hauser paced Marquette with 15 points. Quentin Goodin is the leading scorer and leads in assists with averages of 13.5 points and 5.7 assists per game for Xavier. Naji Marshall is the second leading scorer and leading rebounder with averages of 12.6 points and 8.0 rebound per game. Xavier is shooting 48.4% from the field and 33.7% from 3-point territory.

Markus Howard leads Marquette in scoring and assists with averages of 23.9 points and 3.9 assists per game. Sam Hauser is the second leading scorer and leading rebounder with averages of 14.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. The Golden Eagles are shooting 45.7% from the field and 38.1% from 3-point territory.

Marquette was stunned by St. John’s in its conference opener and in the long run should help the Golden Eagles moving ahead. Marquette has covered the number in each of its last 4 at home and in 5 of its last 6 versus opponents with a winning record straight up. Look for Marquette to bounce back strong. Final Score Prediction, Marquette Golden Eagles win and cover ATS 78-65.

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