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Marquette vs. UCONN: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

The second-ranked Connecticut Huskies (30-3) and No. 10 Marquette (25-8) each won tough Big East semifinal contests on Friday night, over St. John’s and Providence, respectively. Now, the two teams meet for the third time this season at Madison Square Garden at 6:30 PM ET on Fox.

UCONN is looking for its eighth Big East Conference tournament title overall and first since 2011 after already winning its first outright BIg East regular season title in 25 years. Marquette is trying to win its second straight Big East conference tournament title. 

Read below to see our experts’ picks and predictions for this Big East championship tilt.

Marquette vs. UCONN betting picks and predictions

Marquette +9 (-110)

UCONN has already beaten the Golden Eagles twice this season, including an 81-53 thrashing at home a month ago. That was Marquette’s worst defeat this year by far.

And, the Golden Eagles will most likely be without the services of last year’s Big East Player of the Year, guard Tyler Kolek. He suffered an oblique injury late in the regular season against Providence and has missed the last five games.

However, after losing back-to-back games to Creighton and the Huskies, Marquette has won its last three, showing resilience through standout performances by Kam Jones among others. 

The Huskies have won six straight and 20 of their last 21 and are a solid bet to become the first back-to-back NCAA tournament champions since Florida in 2006-07.

However, St. John’s gave coach Dan Hurley’s squad all he could handle last night in a 95-90 defeat. UCONN should be listed as a massive favorite, but Marquette can hang with them. 

Both teams have been very good all season against the spread, both overall and on neutral sites. The prediction here is that UCONN will get the win, but Marquette will cover the nine-point spread. 

Total Points Over 141 (-130)

Both teams went over 141 points last night, with Marquette totaling 147 in the 79-68 win over Providence and UCONN and St. John’s combining for 185 points in a 95-90 thriller.

The logic here is that this is a championship game and both teams are going to go full throttle.

Even though Marquette is going to try and slow UCONN down, the pace of the game is often going to be free flowing, especially if Kolek is not involved to check UCONN’s guards down.

Marquette and UCONN have played to the over six times in their last 10 matchups and we believe it will become 7-of-11.  

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Marquette vs. UCONN Odds

Marquette

+350 ML

UCONN

-450 ML

Spread

UCONN -9.0

Total Points

O/U 142.0

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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