In a matchup of Top 25 Big East programs, #17 Pittsburgh (20-5) takes on #20 Marquette (17-6) Saturday at 1:00ET. Get college basketball odds at Bovada sportsbook.
Pittsburgh is 8-4 in conference play and have had a week to rest up and prepare for the Golden Eagles. In their previous game last weekend, the Panthers defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats 62-52 behind great team defense and some big shooting late in the game. Pittsburgh has won three in a row to improve to 20-5 SU and 9-9 ATS. They have navigated a difficult conference schedule pretty well and have an 8-4 mark to show for it in conference play. They are 4-2 away from home for the year. They have won seven of their last eight matchups and are 8-2 overall in their last ten games. They are 6-4 against the spread over that same span.
Marquette is coming off their first loss in a while as they fell to Georgetown 63-55 in a contest that had first place at stake Monday night. The Golden Eagles fell behind early and never really got close as they trailed by 8-12 points for most all of the second half in the loss. Down the stretch of the Big East season Marquette will need to improve their overall shooting from the field which was low vs. Georgetown who imposed their will on them defensively. Marquette is 17-6 SU and 9-10 ATS for the season. They are undefeated at home this season, having posted a 13-0 mark for the year. They are also an impressive 8-3 in the Big East. Marquette is 7-3 overall in their last ten games, but have failed to cover in three of their last four games. They have gone 5-5 against the spread over their last ten as well.
Pittsburgh is a 2 ½ point road favorite. Pitt will be looking to avenge a home loss to Marquette a month ago, but Marquette is extremely tough at home, in fact they have won 23 games in a row at home. Take Marquette +2 ½ but first check out a sports book review.