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Marquette Golden Eagles – March Madness Team Predictions, Odds and Preview 2017

Marquette Golden Eagles – March Madness Team Predictions, Odds and Preview 2017

Marquette Golden Eagles (Overall: 19-12, Conf: 10-8)

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Team Strengths:

For the first time under the tutelage of Steve Wojciechowski, Marquette is going to the Big Dance. The Golden Eagles nabbed a spot in the national tournament thanks mainly to their outstanding offense. They are 17th in the nation in scoring, averaging 82.5 points per game this season. The Golden Eagles are even better when it comes to adjusted offensive efficiency with Marquette scoring 121.0 points per 100 possessions. That’s seventh-best in the NCAA this campaign.

Marquette leads the nation in 3-point shooting at 43 percent, with 6-foot-11 center Luke Fischer (11.0 PPG) anchoring things down low. Fisher is one of five players scoring in double figures for the Golden Eagles who are also seventh in the nation in free throw percentage. Marquette’s odds of winning the national championship are currently priced at +30,000.

Team Weaknesses:

The biggest issue for Marquette this season has been its pedestrian defense. The Golden Eagles are ranked 216th in field goal defense and 279th in 3-point defense this season. The Golden Eagles, who surrendered a whopping 75.0 points per game this season, had trouble protecting the glass as well. Marquette managed to corral just 33.3 rebounds per contest (293rd in Division I) this campaign.

Team Stats:

Category Stat Rank
Points Per Game 82.5 17
Rebounds Per Game 33.3 293
Assists Per Game 16.5 20
3-Point Percentage 43.0 1
Free Throw Percentage 77.9 7

Starting Lineup:

Position Name PPG
C Matt Heldt 2.4
G Andrew Rowsey 11.5
G Duane Wilson 4.8
G Sam Hauser 8.7
G Markus Howard 13.2

Writer’s Prediction:

Marquette (+30,000) makes a quick exit in the first round.

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Written by Joel

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