Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Marquette Golden Eagles and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish face off on Thursday in Madison Square Garden as they close out third round action of the Big East College Basketball Tournament. The Golden Eagles are -2 point favorites over the Fighting Irish with an over/under point total set at 126.5.
The Marquette Golden Eagles had a solid season winning their last four games and six of their last seven games. Marquette is 14-4 in Big East play, 2-1 in neutral site games, and they finished the year ranked 12th in the nation. As a team Marquette is averaging 69.1 points, 14.5 assists, and they are shooting 46.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.6 points, 13.5 assists, and their opponents are shooting 40.6 percent. Vander Blue is averaging 14.4 points, Davante Gardener is averaging 11.5 points, and Jamil Wilson is averaging 9.2 points. Marquette has been a typical Buzz Williams coached team with a workman like approach.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won four of their last six games including their second round game of the Big East Tournament against Rutgers on Wednesday. Pat Connaughton went off for 21 points and Tom Knight had 18 points and nine rebounds. Jack Cooley also grabbed nine rebounds while Jerian Grant had 11 points. Notre Dame is 3-1 in neutral site games this season but 2-4 against teams ranked in the top 25. Notre Dame lost the only meeting of these two this year in a game played at Marquette. Win or lose the Irish are in the NCAA Tournament field.
Marquette is 2-6 against the spread following a win, 10-3 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover the spread, and 105 against the spread in their last six Thursday games. Notre Dame is 3-7 against the spread against a team with a winning percentage over .600, 1-6 against the spread following a cover, and 1-5 against the spread following a win.
The total here looks aggressively low and it’s just a slight lean to the over for me.