The Big East Tournament starts tonight and the opening game pits the Marquette Golden Eagles and the Seton Hall Pirates. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1. Currently the College Basketball Betting Odds for the game have the Pirates favored to pick up the victory.
Neither Seton Hall or Marquette have been successful for the course of the season, but playing in the conference tournament can turn everything around. At one point this year it looked as if Seton Hall could be an NCAA Tournament team, but the Pirates have gone just 3-11 the last 14 games of the season. The Big East has been brutal to both Marquette and Seton Hall this season as the two schools have combined for a record of 10-26.
Sterling Gibbs has been the best player for Seton Hall this year, but he did get suspended a couple of games for a poor decision against Villanova that the whole world saw. Since coming back Gibbs has scored 11 against Providence and 22 against Georgetown, but both games were losses for the Pirates.
Marquette is coming into tonight’s game having won in their most recent game over DePaul. The Golden Eagles dropped six contests prior to that win over DePaul and this squad has endured the growing pains under first-year coach Steve Wojciechowski. He’s going to get Marquette going back in the right direction eventually, but this year has been very tough.
Seton Hall and Marquette split the regular season match ups, each team winning on the other’s floor. One of those games was higher-scoring, the other was played in the 50s. Marquette has a better shot if this game is lower-scoring despite these teams being only three points difference in their averages.
The Pirates find a way to win this one.
Free Pick: Seton Hall 64, Marquette 58
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