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The No. 8 Marquette Golden Eagles (6-2) will face the No. 12 Texas Longhorns (6-1) in the 2023 Big East-Big 12 Battle on Wednesday night as Marquette head coach Shaka Smart faces his former program. Marquette was ranked third in the AP poll before losing to Wisconsin by double digits last Saturday. The Golden Eagles trailed by 16 points late in the first half before pulling within one point midway through the second half, but they were unable to complete the comeback. Texas defeated Texas State by 19 points on Thursday, closing the game with a 28-8 run.
Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Fiserv Forum. Marquette is favored by 8 points in the latest Marquette vs. Texas odds, while the over/under is set at 150.5 points, per SportsLine consensus. Before entering any Texas vs. Marquette picks, you’ll want to see the NCAA Basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Marquette vs. Texas spread: Marquette -8
- Marquette vs. Texas over/under: 150.5 points
- Marquette vs. Texas money line: Marquette -366, Texas +286
- Marquette vs. Texas picks: See picks here
Why Marquette can cover
Both of Marquette’s losses this season have come away from home, so it will be happy to return to the Fiserv Forum on Wednesday. The Golden Eagles nearly pulled off a huge comeback against Wisconsin on Saturday, turning a 16-point deficit into a 52-51 score with less than 13 minutes remaining. They ultimately came up short down the stretch, despite a 19-point effort from junior guard Kam Jones.
He leads the team with 16.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, while senior guard Tyler Kolek is filling up the stat sheet with 13.5 points, 5.3 assists and 4.8 boards. Senior forward Oso Ighodaro is also in double figures, averaging 12.6 points and 6.4 rebounds. Marquette is riding a 14-game home winning streak and has covered the spread in six of its last seven games against Big 12 teams.
Why Texas can cover
Texas suffered its lone loss against No. 5 UConn in the Empire Classic several weeks ago, but it has bounced back with a pair of blowout wins. The Longhorns cruised to an 86-63 win over Wyoming before beating Texas State in a 77-58 final last Thursday. Senior guard Max Abmas poured in 26 points on 9 of 18 shooting, cracking the 20-point mark for the second straight game.
The Longhorns trailed Texas State by one point with 10:45 remaining, but they closed the game with a 28-8 run. Abmas leads the team with 16.7 points per game, but there are four other double-digit scorers in the explosive lineup. Tyrese Hunter, who was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year at Iowa State in 2021-22, is scoring 12.0 points per game. See which team to pick here.
How to make Marquette vs. Texas picks
The model has simulated Texas vs. Marquette 10,000 times and the results are in. The model is leaning Over, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in 60% of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Marquette vs. Texas, and which side of the spread hits 60% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that is on a 98-61 roll on its top-ranked college basketball picks, and find out.