This is a classical offense vs defense matchup. While South
Carolina is an excellent defensive team, they're one of the worst
in all of college in scoring the ball. Marquette, on the
other hand, is exceptional in putting the ball through the basket.
They lead the nation in 3PT%, are top-50 inside the arc, and
top-10 from the FT-line. South Carolina plays press D, but
they also foul a ton, ranking in the bottom-20 in all of college in
that department. Marquette at the line is as automatic as
there is in college basketball. Typically the saying is
'defense wins championships'. But you have to be at least
competent on the offense end as well, which South Carolina is not.
I'll grab the points in this one.
#2: Seton Hall +1
#3: Rhode Island -1
#4: New Mexico State +12.5
#5: Michigan State +2.5