NCAA Tourney Second Round Odds Favor Marquette By Over Half Dozen

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It wasn’t easy and it required the biggest comeback in NCAA Tournament history, but the BYU Cougars ultimately dug deep and found a way to beat the Iona Gaels 78-72 on Tuesday night. With the win, the Cougars have now earned the right to face off against the Marquette Golden Eagles in a second-round game in the West Region of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

Will BYU’s hot streak and newfound momentum be enough to guide them to a win versus Marquette? That remains to be seen. As impressive as them coming back from a 25 point hole against Iona was, the Gaels and Golden Eagles are in different leagues in terms of team quality. And mind you, on the year, the Cougars were 1-6 against the RPI top 50. Noah Hartsock and Brandon Davies both came up absolutely huge on Wednesday night with 23 points and 18 points (plus 15 rebounds), respectively, and BYU will need more of that if it hopes to have any shot at competing with Marquette this Thursday. Also key in their history win was the Cougars outrebounding the opposition 43-36 – something this team is actually surprisingly good at.

Even still, despite everything that is going BYU’s way coming out of Tuesday night’s game, there is a reason that Marquette is a No. 3 ranked team. The Golden Eagles play a somewhat unorthodox brand of basketball, but this squad can also do damage the old fashion way behind the excellent play of Darius Johnson-Odom. For the year, Johnson-Odom is averaging 18.5 points per game. The one notable weakness that this group has is the fact that bigger teams tend to outrebound them – and coincidentally enough they’re about to square off versus a squad that’s a really good when it comes to cleaning up the glass.

Could that ultimately be the difference? It remains to be seen.

Marquette is a 6.5 point favorite to win this one according to the latest Marquette BYU betting odds, and the over/under is listed at 154 points which is a heap of points. Odds makers either do not think much of either teams’ defense, or is really sold on their offenses.

Even with a win Tuesday night, BYU is still listed with 250/1 odds to win the Men’s Championship. As for Marquette, their odds are about right at 35/1… not great but not bad.

Tune in on Thursday at 2:45 EDT to CBS to see Marquette vs. BYU.

(3) Marquette vs. (14) BYU Matchup – courtesy of Bovada Sportsbook

RECENT FORM
TEAM SU ATS OFF DEF DIFF
BYU 26-8 15-15 78.2 66.8 11.5
MARQ 25-7 15-12-2 75.9 66.2 9.7
TEAM ATS HOME ATS AWAY OU OU HOME OU AWAY
BYU 10-6 5-9 11-19 7-9 4-10
MARQ 8-9-1 7-3-1 18-11 12-6 6-5
SMART CHART
BYU TEAM MARQ
78.2 PTS FOR 75.9
66.8 PTS AGNST 66.2
11.4 DIFF. 9.7
27.7 DEF REBOUNDS 24.0
10.9 OFF REBOUNDS 11.8
46.8 FG% 45.9
70.1 FT% 72.1
6.6 3 POINTERS 5.7
8.5 STEALS 8.8
INJURIES
BYU
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Chris Collinsworth F Out For Season (knee)
Stephen Rogers F Out For Season (knee)
Noah Hartsock F Day-to-Day (knee)
MARQUETTE
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Chris Otule C Out For Season (knee)
BETTING TRENDS
BYU
No trends to report
MARQUETTE
No trends to report
HEAD TO HEAD SUMMARY
TEAM SU ATS OU AVG SCORE AVG ½ SCORE FG% REB 3PT MADE STEALS
BYU 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0 0.0
Marquette 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0 0.0
TEAMS LAST 5 GAMES
BYU
DATE DAY SCORE OPPONENT SCORE SU LINE TOTAL FG% FT% 3PT MADE DAYS REST
03/13/2012 Tue 78 Iona 72 W -1½ 162½ 48.4 55.0 7 8
03/03/2012 Sat 58 at Gonzaga 77 L -2½ 144½ 37.7 62.5 3 0
03/02/2012 Fri 73 San Diego 68 W -14 145 54.7 57.1 7 5
02/25/2012 Sat 76 Portland 66 W -20½ 148 48.1 67.7 5 0
02/23/2012 Thu 63 at Gonzaga 74 L -6½ 147 30.8 56.3 6 4
MARQUETTE
DATE DAY SCORE OPPONENT SCORE SU LINE TOTAL FG% FT% 3PT MADE DAYS REST
03/08/2012 Thu 71 Louisville 84 L -3½ 135 44.1 56.3 2 4
03/03/2012 Sat 83 Georgetown 69 W -5 132 48.0 73.3 2 1
02/29/2012 Wed 61 at Cincinnati 72 L -1 139 33.9 83.3 9 3
02/24/2012 Fri 61 at West Virginia 60 W -2 142½ 50.0 50.0 3 1
02/22/2012 Wed 82 Rutgers 65 W -11½ 138½ 53.6 70.8 5 3
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
BYU’s Overall Scoring vs Marquette’s Overall Defense 78.2 13 66.2 155
BYU’s Away Scoring vs Marquette’s Home Defense 72.6 30 64.5 180
BYU’s Road Rebounds vs Marquette’s Home Rebounds Allowed 36.5 41 36.6 310
Marquette’s Overall Scoring vs BYU’s Overall Defense 75.9 31 66.8 170
Marquette’s Home Scoring vs BYU’s Road Defense 79.2 31 68.3 135
Marquette’s Home Rebounds vs BYU’s Road Rebounds Allowed 36.1 138 34.7 162
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
BYU 46.8 41.2 5.6
MARQ 45.9 40.6 5.3
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
BYU 11.0 27.5 38.5
MARQ 11.8 24.0 35.8
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
BYU 17.0 13.3 1.3
MARQ 16.8 13.3 1.3
TEAM VS DIVISION OR CONFERENCE
BYU SU HOME AWAY ATS ATS HOME ATS AWAY OFF DEF DIFF
Overall 26-8 17-3 9-5 15-15 10-6 5-9 78.2 66.8 11.5
Last 10 7-3 4-1 3-2 4-6 2-3 2-3 75.1 69.7 5.4
MARQUETTE SU HOME AWAY ATS ATS HOME ATS AWAY OFF DEF DIFF
Overall 25-7 19-2 6-5 15-12-2 8-9-1 7-3-1 75.9 66.2 9.7
Last 10 7-3 4-1 3-2 6-4 3-2 3-2 74.6 70.3 4.3

See the rest of the betting odds for the NCAA Tournament Second Round

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