How to Watch
When/Where: 8 p.m. ET; BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TV: FS1 (Tim Brando, Bill Raftery)
Streaming: Fox Sports GO
Radio: 540 ESPN (Milwaukee) / 610 Sports (Philadelphia)
Bets are On
Villanova is favored by -5.5, according to OddsShark.
Villanova leads Marquette in their all-time series history 20-9. Most recently, ‘Nova has won their last nine appearances against Marquette. Interestingly, the last time Marquette defeated Villanova occurred consecutively: the Golden Eagles edged out the Wildcats twice in January of 2011.
This will be the second meeting for Villanova and Marquette this January, and the Golden Eagles are sporting home court advantage. The 93-81 score may not accurately emphasize it, but Villanova exerted a dominant game over Marquette on the January 7th game at the Wells Fargo Center.
Marquette, 13-6 this season, is heading into this game on the heels of a major 102-94 victory against Creighton. (So major that it caused Creighton to drop 9 points in the AP ratings, but that’s for another time).
With the exception of their game against Butler, Marquette has been on a recent shooting-efficiency streak. Toppling Creighton by nailing 60 percent of their field goals, Marquette also managed to knock down 62.5 percent of their field goals against Butler on January 14th.
A compelling factor contributing to the Golden Eagles’ increasingly golden offense? Freshman talent. Markus Howard is impressively touting 51.7 percent FGs made, balancing with 50.6 percent of successful 3FGs. Joining Howard is Sam Hauser, who is boasting his intro season with 50.4 percent FGs and 47.6 percent 3FGs.
If young blood isn’t enough to sustain Marquette, enter senior Luke Fischer. Fischer, though not the Golden Eagles’ highest season scorer, is their most effective: Fischer leads Marquette with making 64.3 percent FGs.
For the 19-1 Wildcats, the January 7th Marquette game marked a season high of shooting prowess. Knocking down a whopping 65.3 percent of FGs and 60.9 percent of 3FGs, ‘Nova attacked the Golden Eagles with pure vigor. In their closest attempt at a triple digit scoreboard, Kris Jenkins also nailed his current season-high of 23 points.
In equal flaunt of young talent, sophomores Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges both went 3-3 for three-pointers against Marquette. To emphasize their burgeoning impact, Brunson actually leads the ‘Nova starters with 44 percent of 3FGs made, and Bridges is securing 56 percent of his field goals for the season.
Averaging 19.2 points per game so far, Josh Hart remains one of the more dangerous components of Villanova’s arsenal. Count on Hart’s accuracy, and Jenkins’ classic 3-pointers, to be quick stars of tonight’s match-up.