Western Kentucky vs Marquette Prediction NCAAB Picks 3/22

Western Kentucky vs Marquette Prediction NCAAB Picks 3/22

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March Madness 2024: Western Kentucky vs. Marquette Preview

Get ready for an electrifying matchup as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (22-11) face off against the Marquette Golden Eagles (25-9) in the Men's Basketball Championship South Region 1st Round. Tune in to TBS on March 22, 2024, at 11:00 AM, live from the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN.

 

Team Reviews

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (22-11)

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers had a solid season in Conference USA, finishing with a respectable 22-11 record. Led by D. McHenry, who averages 15.2 points per game, the Hilltoppers have shown their ability to compete against tough opponents.

In their last five games, Western Kentucky has been in good form, securing victories against UTEP and MTSU. With momentum on their side, they aim to make a statement in the NCAA Tournament.

 

Marquette Golden Eagles (25-9)

The Marquette Golden Eagles had an impressive season in the Big East Conference, finishing with a stellar 25-9 record. Led by K. Jones, who averages 16.8 points per game, the Golden Eagles possess a potent offense capable of overwhelming any opponent.

Marquette has performed well in their recent outings, securing victories against PROV and VILL. With their sights set on tournament success, they enter this matchup with confidence and determination.

 

Prediction

Expect the Marquette Golden Eagles to win and cover the -14.5 points spread in this matchup. Here's why:

Marquette has been the stronger team throughout the season, with a more consistent performance and a higher level of competition in the Big East Conference. Led by K. Jones, they possess a high-scoring offense that can overwhelm their opponents.

On the other hand, Western Kentucky, while having a decent season, may struggle against Marquette's offensive firepower. With Marquette's ability to score at will, they are likely to build a substantial lead early in the game.

Furthermore, Marquette has shown resilience in close games and has the depth to maintain their intensity for the entire duration. Their solid defense can also disrupt Western Kentucky's offensive rhythm, limiting their scoring opportunities.

Considering Marquette's strong performance throughout the season and Western Kentucky's potential vulnerabilities, expect the Golden Eagles to dominate this matchup and cover the spread comfortably.

 

Pick: Marquette Golden Eagles -14.5

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