Marquette faces South Carolina in an intriguing NCAA Tournament Round 1 match up this Friday, March 17. The game takes place at Bon Secour Wellness Center in Greenville, SC. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:50 pm ET.
The competitiveness of this game can be seen in the point spread. South Carolina opened as a -1.5 favorite. They remain a -1.5 favorite. The total has gone down a point from 148 to 147.
While neither of these teams is expected to make a run at the NCAA Basketball National Title, let’s find out which of the two you should bet on in the first round of March Madness action.
How To Bet The Marquette Golden Eagles Vs South Carolina Gamecocks Spread & ATS Pick
Marquette finished 19-12 straight up on the season. The Golden Eagles went 16-15 ATS. South Carolina went 22 and 10 straight up on the season. The Gamecocks went 11-16-2 against the spread.
What: No. 10 Marquette Golden Eagles (19-12) vs No. 7 South Carolina Gamecocks (22-10)
When: Friday, March 20, 2017
Start Time: 9:50 PM ET
Where: Greenville, South Carolina
Stadium: Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Spread: South Carolina -1
Moneyline: Marquette +103 vs South Carolina -117
Game Total: 147
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Listen: Marquette vs South Carolina
Bet Marquette +1.5 Because…
Marquette was competitive in the Big East. The Big East is one of the better conferences in college basketball. The Golden Eagles beat Xavier twice. They also beat Creighton. Both of those teams are solid. Marquette lost by only 3 points to Butler, 65 to 68. They even beat Villanova this season, 74 to 72, on January 24.
Bet South Carolina -1.5 Because…
South Carolina is terrific versus the three-point shot. The Gamecocks rank fifth in college hoops defending against the three. Opponents shoot 29.3% versus South Carolina behind the arc. The Gamecocks allow opponents to shoot 39.8% from the field. South Carolina’s defense is tough.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Defense alone won’t win NCAA Tournament games. That’s the problem that the Gamecocks face in this Friday match up with Marquette.
Although South Carolina’s defense is terrific, the offense sputters along. The Gamecocks average 72 points per. South Carolina shoots 41% from the field. They shoot 33.9% from three.
Marquette averages 82.5 points per game. The Golden Eagles shoot 48.7% from the field and 43% from behind the arc. In fact, Marquette is ranked first in college basketball at hitting threes.
I believe that South Carolina’s defense holds Marquette down in the first half. But, eventually, Marquette’s sharpshooters should get it going in the second half. I just don’t see South Carolina scoring enough points to win this game.
I like Marquette.