The No. 21 UConn Huskies will look to continue their recent success against the No. 10 Marquette Golden Eagles when they meet in Big East Conference action on Tuesday. The Huskies (18-6, 7-6 Big East), who are 11-2 on their home court this season, have beaten Marquette in four of the last five meetings in the series. The Golden Eagles (19-5, 11-2), who are riding a five-game winning streak, are 5-3 on the road. Marquette posted an 82-76 win over UConn at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee on Jan. 11.
The game from the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., will tip off at 6:30 p.m. ET. Marquette is averaging 81.3 points per game, while UConn averages 79.3. The Huskies are 4.5-point favorites in the latest Marquette vs. UConn odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 147.5. Before making any UConn vs. Marquette picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on UConn vs. Marquette and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several college basketball odds and betting lines for Marquette vs. UConn:
- Marquette vs. UConn spread: UConn -4.5
- Marquette vs. UConn over/under: 147.5 points
- Marquette vs. UConn money line: UConn -190, Marquette +158
- MU: The Golden Eagles are 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 games overall
- CONN: The Huskies are 10-3-2 ATS in their last 15 Tuesday games
- Marquette vs. UConn picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why UConn can cover
Senior guard Tristen Newton is one of three Huskies averaging double-digit scoring. For the season, he is averaging 10.5 points, four rebounds, four assists and 1.1 steals per game. He has one triple-double on the year, a 22-point, 11-assist and 10-rebound effort in an 84-64 win over Buffalo on Nov. 15. He has reached double-figure scoring in 11 games, including four with 20 or more. He scored 23 points in an 82-79 loss to No. 13 Xavier on Jan. 25, and scored 23 in an 83-59 win over Oregon on Nov. 24.
Freshman Alex Karaban will be looking for a repeat of the first matchup against the Golden Eagles, when he scored 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out one assist and made one block. He is coming off an 11-point effort in Saturday's 68-62 win at Georgetown. He has reached double-figure scoring in 14 games, including a season-high 19 points in a 114-61 win over Long Island University. In 24 games, including 23 starts, Karaban is averaging 9.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
Why Marquette can cover
Sophomore guard Kam Jones fuels the Golden Eagles' offense, averaging 15.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. In the first meeting with the Huskies, Jones scored 15 points, while making three steals. He has reached double-figure scoring in 20 of 24 games this year, including a season-high 26 in an 80-77 overtime loss to Wisconsin. He scored 20 or more points six times.
Defense has also been a big part of Marquette's recent success. The Golden Eagles held Butler to just 38% shooting on Saturday, including 32% from 3-point range. Marquette forced 19 turnovers, which led to 22 points. In its last two games, the Eagles have allowed just 58 points per game, holding opposing shooters to just 42.6% of their shots.
How to make Marquette vs. UConn picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 151 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 60% of simulations. You can only see the model's picks at SportsLine.
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