The Marquette Golden Eagles (5-2) will be at home in BMO Harris Bradley Center when they go head-to-head against the Georgia Bulldogs (5-1). Marquette is a 4-point favorite on the opening line, while the games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 148.5 points. Action gets underway at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 2, 2017, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
Georgia Bulldogs vs. Marquette Golden Eagles Free Preview
In the Bulldogs last outing, they barely escaped the No. 21 Saint Mary’s Gaels, 83-81. With 16 points and seven rebounds, Georgia’s Yante Maten put together a solid game. The Bulldogs knocked down 10 of their 13 free throws (76.9 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.562 (above their season average of 0.485).
The Golden Eagles hope to maintain momentum after thoroughly outplaying the Chicago State Cougars in their last matchup, 95-69. Marquette rallied around Markus Howard, who was the games high scorer with 33 points on 11-for-16 shooting. Marquette dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 (above their season average of 27.5) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.672 (above their season average of 0.560). For those same stats, Chicago State was 22.2 and 0.474, respectively.
This matchup pits one of the nation’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses. Marquette ranks seventh in effective field goal percentage (0.576) and Georgia is 31st in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.464) dating back to last season.
Both of these teams tend to go over the projected point total. Games featuring Georgia have gone over 66.7 percent of the time, while Marquette games have gone over 60.0 percent of the time. The Bulldogs have the better straight up (SU) record (5-1 vs. 5-2), but the Golden Eagles hold the substantial advantage against the spread (ATS) (2-4 vs. 1-2).
The Golden Eagles won the only contest against the Bulldogs last season, 89-79. The Golden Eagles played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 39.5 and a turnover percentage of 11.8. For those same stats, the Bulldogs were 22.9 and 15.0, respectively.
Georgia Bulldogs vs. Marquette Golden Eagles Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Marquette, ATS Winner – Georgia, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Golden Eagles rank 63rd in steals per game (7.1) while the Bulldogs rank 235th (5.3).
- Georgia ranks 81st in blocks per game (4.0) while Marquette ranks 156th in blocks allowed per game (3.5).
- Marquette ranks 31st in three pointers attempted per game (25.4) while Georgia ranks 314th (16.4).
- The Bulldogs rank 40th in assists allowed per game (11.4) while the Golden Eagles rank 291st (15.5).
- Georgia ranks 72nd in rebounds per game (37.9) while Marquette ranks 293rd (32.8).