Despite playing like one of the best teams in the country for months, Marquette feels underrepresented in nearly every NCAA tournament betting market.
And that continues to be the case ahead of Sunday’s clash with Michigan.
The Golden Eagles struggled to find their rhythm earlier in the year, posting a 9-4 record through late December and two losses in overtime.
Since then, they’ve stole an incredible 20-2 run. This is tied for his second best record of any team in that stretch. Sunday marked his second-longest winning streak in the country (10 games).
In its ten-plus games, Marquette ranked 8th in the T Rank Power Rating and is one of only five teams with top 30 efficiency in offense (12th) and defense (26th).
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The important thing is the turnover battle. Shakasmart’s group ranks him 21st in defensive turnover rate (21.7%) and 31st in offensive turnover rate (13.8%). Loud.
This is a big concern for Michigan State, one of the worst teams in the nation to create extra possessions through forced turnovers and offensive rebounds.
In fact, the only way the Spartans can keep pace with elite teams is with their highly efficient 3-point shooting (39.4%).
The Golden Eagles’ 3-point defense has been a weakness at times, but they managed to keep their opponents below 33.3% for four straight games.
If you can limit Tom Izzo’s group in that division on Sunday, this game won’t come as close as the line suggests.
play: Marquette -2.5 (BetMGM)