Marquette vs. Western Kentucky: NCAA Tournament First Round Betting Preview, Tips And Picks – March 22, 2024

Written By PlayPicks Staff on March 18, 2024

Oso Ighodaro and Donald McHenry will be the players to watch when the Marquette Golden Eagles (25-9) take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (22-11) in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Friday at 2:00 PM ET at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Golden Eagles are currently double-digit 14.5-point favorites against the Hilltoppers. The over/under for the game is 157.

Marquette vs. Western Kentucky Betting Lines

Marquette vs Western Kentucky Betting Information
Favorite Spread Total
Marquette -14.5 157 points

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Western Kentucky (+14.5)
Total Pick Under (157)

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Marquette vs. Western Kentucky Stat Rankings

Marquette Avg. (Rank) Western Kentucky Avg. (Rank)
78.3 (61st) Points Scored 80.6 (30th)
69.7 (105th) Points Allowed 74.1 (250th)
(1st) Rebounds (1st)
8.0 (262nd) Off. Rebounds 9.0 (166th)
8.9 (41st) 3pt Made 6.6 (258th)
15.8 (36th) Assists 12.8 (198th)
9.7 (51st) Turnovers 12.8 (321st)

Marquette vs. Western Kentucky Betting Trends

  • The Golden Eagles have beaten the spread 19 times in 33 games.
  • Marquette is 3-4 ATS as 14.5-point favorites or more.
  • There have been 13 Golden Eagles games (out of 33) that hit the over this season.
  • In 10 games this season, Marquette and its opponent have combined for more than 157 points.
  • The over/under in this game is 157 points, 9.0 higher than the average total in Golden Eagles games this season.
  • Western Kentucky’s record against the spread is 19-11-0.
  • Marquette has played 33 games this season, and 13 of them have gone over the total.
  • Hilltoppers games have finished with over 157 points scored 12 times this year.
  • The over/under for this game is 2.4 points higher than the average scoring total for Western Kentucky’s games of 154.6.

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Marquette Impact Players

  • Ighodaro is tops on his squad in rebounds per game (6.9), and also puts up 14.0 points and 2.9 assists. At the other end, he averages 1.0 steal and 1.2 blocked shots.
  • Tyler Kolek is tops on his team in assists per game (7.6), and also averages 15.0 points and 4.7 rebounds. At the other end, he delivers 1.6 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.
  • Kam Jones leads his squad in points per game (16.8), and also averages 2.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Defensively, he posts 1.2 steals and 0.0 blocked shots.
  • David Joplin posts 10.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.5 assists per contest. At the other end, he puts up 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocked shots.
  • Stevie Mitchell averages 8.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.8 assists per contest. Defensively, he posts 1.8 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.

Western Kentucky Impact Players

  • McHenry is the Hilltoppers’ top scorer (15.5 points per game) and assist man (2.3), and contributes 3.3 rebounds.
  • Brandon Newman gives the Hilltoppers 10.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest. He also averages 1.4 steals and 0.3 blocked shots.
  • The Hilltoppers get 8.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game from Tyrone Marshall.
  • The Hilltoppers receive 10.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game from Rodney Howard.
  • Babacar Faye tops the Hilltoppers in rebounding (5.5 per game), and produces 7.4 points and 0.8 assists. He also averages 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocked shots.

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