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Bet Georgetown Marquette - Georgetown Faces Tough Task In Regular Season Finale

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/10/2014 4:21:43 AM

The Big East Conference’s regular season ends this weekend. Marquette will be playing for its seniors on Senior Day. Georgetown will be playing for seeding and positioning.

Georgetown Hoyas @ Marquette Golden Eagles - Saturday, March 3
Sports betting line: No line

Why Georgetown Will Win

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, you’ll quickly realize that within the larger framework of the Big East Conference, it’s Georgetown which has more to play for in this contest. The Hoyas might not be playing at a higher level than Marquette, but they have more of an incentive to win this game. Here’s the explanation: Coach John Thompson III is hoping that his Georgetown team can get a No. 4 seed in the upcoming Big East Tournament behind league champion Syracuse, second-place Marquette, and third-place Notre Dame. Georgetown is currently in a battle for the fourth spot with South Florida, Louisville, and Cincinnati. The No. 4 seed is valuable because it offers a team a double-bye in the Big East Tournament, a five-round event that demands the ability to be fresh in most years.

It’s true that Connecticut won five games in five days last season to win the tournament on the road to the NCAA title, and it’s also true that other teams have won three games to reach the tournament final, but in most cases, a team needs the double-bye into the quarterfinals to have a truly good chance of winning the Big East Tournament championship, a point of prestige for every team in the conference. Marquette has already clinched the double-bye and has a very slim (almost nonexistent) chance of claiming a share of the league title. By the time this game arrives on Saturday, Syracuse will have probably clinched the outright league championship, making it hard for Marquette to get up for this game. Georgetown should have more of a natural reason to gear up for this contest and win it. The Hoyas are a solid, balanced team with the resilience needed to win a big game on the road in Milwaukee, where this game is behind held. 

Why Marquette Will Win

The college basketball betting experts who are winding up their regular season analysis are trying to assess how well teams have overachieved or how drastically they’ve underachieved this season. Notre Dame is probably the biggest overachiever in the Big East, but Marquette clearly rates a very close second.

Marquette has undergone injuries to two key players at different points in the past season, having to basically re-invent its lineup and change its playing style on the fly. Yet, coach Buzz Williams has gotten his players to mesh beautifully on the court in a small-ball style, powering the Golden Eagles to their first second-place finish since they joined the Big East just under a decade ago. This is an unselfish team on which nobody cares who gets the credit. Marquette hustles after loose balls and does the other kinds of things that can take an undermanned team farther than the sum of its parts might initially suggest. This is a team that will be motivated to win at home on Senior Day, even though it will likely have nothing to play for in terms of Big East Tournament seeding or positioning.  

Who Will Win

It’s quite possible that Georgetown will want this game more, but Marquette has set a very high standard in terms of competing well, no matter what the circumstances. In Milwaukee, trust the Golden Eagles to outlast the Hoyas.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Marquette

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