The No. 19 Marquette Golden Eagles (16-7, 8-4 Big East) and No. 23 UConn Huskies (15-6, 6-4) clash Top-25 showdown Tuesday in Hartford, Conn. The contest at the XL Center is slated to tip off at 6:30 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Marquette vs. UConn odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
Marquette defeated then-No. 12 Villanova 83-73 Wednesday and is 8-1 over its last nine games. The fast-paced Eagles have been tremendous on defense. In its 8-1 stretch, MU has held foes to a 37.3% mark from the field. The last team to shoot over 44% against Marquette was UConn in a 78-70 win over the Eagles Dec. 21.
The Huskies lost twice last week, falling to Creighton 59-55 Feb. 1 and at Villanova 85-74 Saturday. Offense was a problem in the loss to the Bluejays: UConn shot a season-low 29.9% from the floor. Defense was the problem against the Wildcats: The Huskies allowed a season-high 59.2% mark from the floor.
Rankings courtesy of the Ferris Mowers Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports.
Marquette at UConn odds, spread and lines
Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 4:08 a.m. ET.
Money line: Marquette +250 (bet $100 to win $250) | UConn -320 (bet $320 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Marquette +6.5 (-105) | UConn -6.5 (-120)
Over/Under (O/U): 141.5 (O: -107 | U: -115)
Get some action on this matchup at Tipico Sportsbook, a trusted, global sports-betting leader and Sportsbook Wire’s official betting partner.
Place your legal, online sports bets in CO and NJ at Tipico now. IA, Tipico is coming to your state soon! New customer offer: Deposit $10 or more, get $100 in instant bet credits! 21+, see Tipico.com for Terms and Conditions. Bet now!
Marquette at UConn odds, lines, picks and predictions
UConn 75, Marquette 71
PASS. The Huskies (-320) will win, but backing their money line will cost 3.2 times your potential return, which is not wise sports betting.
Against the spread
The Golden Eagles have won nine in a row ATS. In this series, the road team is 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings.
Expect some return to form for a balanced UConn team, but Marquette is on too steep a trend line to ignore. The Golden Eagles’ defensive rebounding has been improving, which is a key to playing the Huskies tough.
BACK MARQUETTE +6.5 (-105).
The Over is 14-7 in UConn’s 21 games this season.
The Huskies’ expected numbers on the boards and in getting to the line mix with the Golden Eagles’ pace (top-35 nationally) to create some value in the OVER 141.5 (-107).
Bet legally online with a trusted partner: Tipico Sportsbook, Sportsbook Wire’s official sportsbook partner in CO, NJ and, soon, IA. Bet now!
If you’re looking for more sports betting picks and tips, access all of our content at SportsbookWire.com and BetFTW. Please gamble responsibly.
Follow SportsbookWire on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
College sports coverage from USA TODAY Sports Media Group:
Alabama / Arkansas / Auburn / Colorado / Florida / Georgia / LSU / Michigan / Michigan State / Notre Dame / Ohio State / Oklahoma / Oregon / Penn State / Rutgers / Tennessee / Texas / USC / Wisconsin / College Football News
Gannett may earn revenue from Tipico for audience referrals to betting services. Tipico has no influence over nor are any such revenues in any way dependent on or linked to the newsrooms or news coverage. See Tipico.com for Terms and Conditions. 21+ only. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA).