The 25-8 Marquette Golden Eagles from the Big East conference will face the 29-6 Miami Hurricanes from the ACC conference in a Sweet Sixteen NCAA Tournament college basketball game on Thursday night. Tip off time from the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. is scheduled for 7:15PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by CBS.
The betting line from the NCAA Tournament game has the Miami Florida Hurricanes favored by -5 ½ points. Marquette and Miami have no recent meetings on the basketball court.
The Golden Eagles have won two straight nail biters as they enter play on Thursday, In the second round of the NCAA Tournament it was Marquette posting the 59-58 victory the Davidson Wildcats as a -3 ½ point favorite. They qualify for the Sweet Sixteen off a Round of 32 74-72 victory against the Butler Bulldogs as a -2 point betting favorite. The game ended over 128 points. After falling behind by eight points at the half the Golden Eagles outscored Butler 47-37 in the second half in the win. They shoot 42.6% from the field and converted on 5 of 12 from the three point line Marquette allowed Butler 42.9% from the field and win because the Golden Eagles made 23 of 27 free throws while the Bulldogs were just 13 of 19. Vander Blue led Marquette with 29 points on 9 of 15 from the floor. The Golden Eagles sits in the upper third of college basketball in defensive field goal and three point shooting. They hold opponents to 62.9 points a game as well as 40.6% shooting. They struggle from distance ranking in the lower third of college basketball with a 30.3% shooting percentage from the three point line.
Miami began the NCAA Tournament with a 78-49 victory against the Pacific Tigers as a -13 point betting favorite. In the Round of 32 the Hurricanes get past the Illinois Fighting Illini 63-59 as a -8 point betting favorite. The game came in at under 128 ½ points. The Hurricanes shot 40% for the game and hit on 9 of 25 three pointers. Miami held Illinois to 37.7% from the field as well as a miserable 7 of 27 from three point distance. Shane Larkin led the Hurricanes with 17 points and five assists in the win. Like Marquette the Hurricanes rank in the upper third of college basketball points allowed as well as defensive field goal shooting. They do a better job from the three point line than Marquette as the team nails 36.4% from beyond the arc.