Marquette vs UConn Picks and Predictions: Golden Eagles Sink Talons Into Huskies

Marquette has handled adversity on the road with aplomb and isn't getting the appropriate respect as 7-point underdogs against UConn tonight. We expect the Golden Eagles to cover the spread, if not win outright, in our betting picks.

Last Updated: Feb 8, 2022 9:00 AM ET Read Time: 4 min
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The Marquette Golden Eagles have put together a solid season this year, accumulating an 8-4 conference record with multiple series sweeps over Villanova and Seton Hall. However, Marquette will head out on the road to take on the Connecticut Huskies, a team that the Golden Eagles lost to once this year already.  

Connecticut has lost two straight games and would love to get back on track against a quality team like Marquette. 

Here are our college basketball betting picks and predictions for the Big East matchup between the Marquette Golden Eagles and the Connecticut Huskies. 

Marquette vs UConn odds

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UConn opened as a 6-point favorite and has now been bet up to as high as -7 at some outlets. Meanwhile, the total has adjusted from 141.5 at open 142 at some spots.

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Marquette vs UConn predictions

Predictions made on 2/8/2022 at 8:00 a.m. ET.
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Marquette vs UConn game info

Location: XL Center, Hartford, CN
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Tip-off: 6:30 p.m. ET
TV: Fox Sports 1

Marquette at UConn betting preview


Marquette: No injuries to report.
UConn: Akok Akok F (Questionable).

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Betting trend to know

The Golden Eagles are 9-0 against the spread in their last nine games overall. Find more NCAA betting trends for Marquette vs. UConn.

Marquette vs UConn picks and predictions

Our predictions are compiled from the analysis of the spread and total and are indications of where we are leaning for this game.
Our best bet is the play that we like the most for this game, which we would actually put some of our bankroll behind.

Spread analysis

The Marquette Golden Eagles have covered in nine straight and continue to win big games in big moments. Marquette is currently the only team to beat Villanova and Seton Hall twice and it also has a win over Providence while splitting with Xavier. 

The Golden Eagles are a quality team but they’re seven-point underdogs on the road against a Connecticut team that beat them 78-70 already this season. 

Marquette is shooting an effective field goal percentage of 52.7% on the year. The offense is pretty consistent, knocking down 35.3% from downtown and 52.5% from inside. The Golden Eagles also won’t turn the ball over often but will struggle to earn a whole lot of offensive rebounds. 

Meanwhile, Connecticut has dominated inside defensively, holding opponents to just 41.5%. However, from deep, teams have hit 34.5% of their 3-point attempts against the Huskies' suspect perimeter defense. Marquette will look to take a bunch of threes in this game, as the Golden Eagles are earning 35.2% of their points from deep this season. 

On the other hand, Connecticut has been one of the best teams in the nation on the offensive glass. The Huskies earn 38.2% of offensive rebounds with an effective field goal percentage of 49.8%. The Huskies limit turnovers and will likely get to the line more often while shooting 75% from the charity stripe. 

This game really comes down to Marquette’s 3-point ability. If the Golden Eagles can execute offensively and hit a bunch of threes, Marquette will stick around and potentially pull off an upset on the road. 

With Connecticut allowing teams to hit threes at a high rate, I’d like to believe Marquette can shoot their way to a cover. So give me Marquette here. 

Prediction: Marquette +7 (-110)

Over/Under analysis

I’m expecting Marquette to shoot their way to a cover, so we’ll need to see points. 

Marquette is shooting the higher effective field goal percentage and should have success from long range. Meanwhile, Connecticut should be able to dominate the offensive glass, knowing that Marquette has struggled down low, allowing opponents to earn 31.3% offensive rebounds this season. 

Also, Marquette’s offense moves quickly, using just 15.3 seconds per possession this season. Let’s ride the over.  

Prediction: Over 141.5 (-110)

Best bet

It’s never easy to bet the road team in a big conference game. For example, Kansas was in control throughout the entire game against Texas on Monday night. But Texas found a way to win, thanks to a banked-in-three. 

You get the point. However, Marquette has road wins against Kansas State, Villanova, Seton Hall, and a 28-point drubbing over Georgetown. They’ll be prepared. 

Pick: Marquette -7 (-110)

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