Marquette vs. Villanova Best Bet: Trust the Wildcats on Wednesday Night

Marquette vs. Villanova prediction and pick for Wednesday's college basketball matchup in the Big East on FS1. Handicapper Matt McCuen gives us his pick for this showdown.
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Marquette vs. Villanova Best Bet: Trust the Wildcats on Wednesday Night

We head to the Big East tonight for a heavyweight battle between the Villanova Wildcats and the Marquette Golden Eagles. Villanova comes into this game sporting an overall record of 16-5 on the season, good for ranking number twelve in the nation. The Golden Eagles enter tonight's game to the tune of a 15-7 overall record. These two teams played earlier in the season in a close affair that the Golden Eagles ended up winning at Villanova.

This will be a massive game tonight for the Big East standings. Nova is currently 9-2 in the conference, only trailing Providence in the standings. Marquette, on the flip side, has a conference record of 7-4, good for fourth in the conference.

Marquette vs. Villanova Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Wednesday, February 2

Game Time: 10:00 pm ET

Where to Watch: FS1

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Marquette vs. Villanova Prediction

The leader for the Wildcats this season has been senior guard Collin Gilespie. Gilespie has been outstanding this season for the cats scoring north of seventeen points per game while leading the team in assists. Marquette has been led by forward Justin Lewis, who has been one of the best players in the Big East this season. Lewis is scoring north of sixteen points per game while shooting the ball great beyond the arc. This is probably the most exciting game of the night, and we get to stay up till ten o’clock eastern time to watch it! 

The pick I am going with in this game tonight will be to back the Villanova wildcats at the -4 line. I know a lot of people like Marquette here with the points, but I am willing to fade the public darling in this game tonight. The first time these teams played, the Golden Eagles were able to pull this game off, so revenge will be on the minds of the Wildcats. I have watched both of these teams a lot this year, and Villanova will hold a significant paint advantage. I know they can shoot the three-point ball very well, but they should be able to drive at will in this game. They have a lot of players who can create in the paint, and that is something to watch for in this game.

I think Marquette has overachieved a bit to this point in the season. They rely heavily on the three-point ball, and if you go cold for a long time against a team like Villanova, you are in trouble. I think this Nova team will be ready on the defensive end and force Marquette into a lot of hard looks. I love the line we are getting here tonight with Jay Wright's Wildcats as I have this closer to -6.5/7 range. I believe we will cash this thing in with ease.

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.

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