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Fresno State vs. Marquette 2016: Time, TV channel, odds, and preview

The Golden Eagles look to continue to ride the wave as their annual battle with Wisconsin looms. First, they must take care of Fresno State.

NCAA Basketball: Western Carolina at Marquette Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

How to watch

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV: CBS Sports Network

Commentators: Carter Blackburn, Pete Gillen


Series History

Marquette and Fresno State have met just once entering Tuesday night’s matchup in Milwaukee. The Golden Eagles took down the Bulldogs 57-54 back on December 4, 1979. Hey, it was almost an anniversary here.


Gamblin’ Info

(All comes via OddsShark)

Spread: Marquette opened as a 17-point favorite. The line bumped up to 18.

Records ATS: Fresno State (2-2) | Marquette (5-3)

O/U: 152.5


Inside the Numbers

Fresno State

  • 158th on KenPom

Four Factors

Adjusted Efficiency and Shooting Percentages

Marquette

  • 30th on KenPom

Four Factors

Adjusted Efficiency and Shooting Percentages

(All numbers come courtesy of KenPom.com)


3 things to watch

Trouble from the perimeter?

Marquette has started the 2016-17 with a blistering pace from the 3-point line. The Golden Eagles are shooting 39.2 percent from the 3-point line, a mark good enough for 41st in the country and fifth in the Big East Conference thus far. They’ve yet to really be tested from the perimeter this year sans a matchup against Pitt, and the Golden Eagles made just 28.0 percent of their attempts that night in The Garden.

On Tuesday, they’ll face Fresno State who, entering play, is allowing just 28.6 percent of 3-point attempts to be made. Granted their competition hasn’t been the greatest this year, but Rodney Terry’s teams have typically been good at defending the 3-point shot during his tenure in the San Joaquin Valley. How the Golden Eagles stand up against the Bulldog perimeter defense may be the definitive point in the game considering that 33.6 percent of their points this year have come off the 3-point shot.

Sam Hauser

So a human being isn’t necessarily a thing, but Marquette’s top-ranked recruit has been outstanding through the team’s first eight games of the year. Despite his usage rate being pretty low, and taking just 16.1 percent of the team’s shots so far, he’s been deadly from deep.

Hauser has converted on exactly 50 percent of hte 38 3-point attempts he’s taken so far, which to this point is good enough to put him in the Top 80 in the country in 3-point percentage. Hemming off the aforementioned point, Hauser may be Marquette’s biggest and best weapon from long range against the stingy 3-point defense that Fresno State will be bringing to the table.

Hopkins cooling off?

Jaron Hopkins has been on a bit of a tear from a points perspective the past few games. Hopkins has gotten into double figures in his last six games with the hallmark performance being a 23-point outing against Lamar back on November 19.

HIs last outing though wasn’t his best to say the least. While he got into double figures again and posted a double-double, his efficiency numbers were down big. He scored 12 and pulled down 11 rebounds, but Hopkins took 12 shots to get to those 12 points. The junior wing also went 0-for-3 from the free throw line, an area of struggle lately as he’s gone just 2-for-8 from the stripe in the last three games combined.

MU will have to keep an eye on him - he has taken 30.2 percent of the shots this year for Fresno State - but he may be cooling down a peg heading into this game.