The Marquette Golden Eagles and the North Carolina Tar Heels meet Wednesday in college basketball action from Den Smith Center.
Marquette enters this game at 10-12 so far. The Eagles are 1-3 in their last four games and coming off a win over Butler. As for North Carolina, they’re 14-7 this year. The Tar Heels have won consecutive games over Northeastern and Louisville. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Marquette was sitting at 8-6 back on January 16, but the team has been on a 2-6 run since then. The losses in that stretch were to DePaul, Providence, St. John’s, Creighton, Villanova and Seton Hall. The wins came courtesy of Butler both times.
In the 73-57 win over Butler last week, the Eagles’ leading scorer was Greg Elliott with 17 points and six rebounds. Theo John added 15 points with six rebounds, and Jamal Cain posted a double-double on 14 points with 14 boards.
Over on the North Carolina side, they’ve had a choppy season so far, but the good news is that they’re 9-3 over their last 12 games. The Tar Heels have gotten wins over Notre Dame, Miami, Syracuse, Wake Forest, NC State, Pitt, Duke, Northeastern and Louisville in that time.
In the 99-54 blowout win over Louisville on Saturday, North Carolina’s Day’Ron Sharpe led the team on 21 points with 11 rebounds, and Kerwin Walton added 19 points with four assists and two rebounds. Armando Bacot posted 14 points with nine rebounds as well.
The Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games and 4-1 ATS in their last five as a home favorite. North Carolina is 5-2 ATS in their last seven overall and the over is 7-3 in their last 10 overall.
Meanwhile, Marquette is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 overall. The under is 5-2-2 in the Eagles’ last nine overall and 4-1-1 in their last six road games.
PICK: I’m going to take North Carolina in this one. The Tar Heels have certainly had their ups and downs this year, but they’re generally playing well against teams they should beat lately. North Carolina has outscored their opponents 181-116 over their last two games in solid offensive efforts. I like the Tar Heels to keep it going here.