Seton Hall forward Sandro Mamukelashvili (23) reacts after defeating Connecticut in an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. (David Butler II/Pool Photo via AP)
- Seton Hall will attempt to extend its winning streak to three games in a Big East home game against Marquette at 1 pm ET on Sunday
- Marquette will play the second game of a five-game road trip after its most decisive loss in almost six years at Villanova on Wednesday
- Check the odds, analysis and betting predictions below
Seton Hall (11-8, 8-5 Big East) will have its first chance to extend its streak of consecutive seasons with at least nine Big East victories to six when it plays host to Marquette (9-11, 5-9) in a Big East game at 1 pm ET Sunday.
The Pirates are one of 13 NCAA Division I programs that have made at least four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Kentucky and Cincinnati are likely to drop off that list this season.
Marquette vs Seton Hall Picks and Odds
|Marquette Golden Eagles||N/A||+7.5 (-110)||Ov 143.5 (+100)|
|Seton Hall Pirates||N/A||-7.5 (-110)||Un 143.5 (-120)|
Odds taken Feb. 13th from William Hill
The teams have had markedly different results against Villanova in the last three weeks. Seton Hall lost twice in 12 days to Villanova in the final two weeks of January, by two and eight points. Marquette fell to Villanova 96-64 last Wednesday after the first scheduled game between the two was postponed.
Seton Hall and Its Disjointed Season
Seton Hall will play Marquette in its first game in eight days following a mid-week bye, and the Pirates have become accustomed to the stops and starts of the coronavirus season. The Pirates played six games in 12 days after a two-week Covid pause to start the season.
Since a 78-67 victory over Georgetown on Dec. 23, the Pirates have played only nine games in 52 days. They are 1-2 after breaks of at least six days, 2-1 ATS.
Marquette, too, has been affected by the virus. Because of schedule changes, the Golden Warriors will play the second of five straight Big East road games at Seton Hall. They have not played five straight on the road since 1989-90, and they will go 30 days between home games.
Marquette is coming off its worst loss since a 84-49 defeat to Villanova in the Big East tournament on March 12, 2014, in coach Steve Wojciechowski’s first season.
Go Left, Young Man
Seton Hall and Marquette have taken advantage of their left-hand(ed) men this season.
Pirates 6-foot-11 senior forward Sandro Mamukelashvili is second in the Big East in scoring at 17.9 points per game, ninth in rebounding (7.1) and 14th in assists (3.2). He is one of the 10 finalists for the Karl Malone award and is one of seven Power Six players with multiple 30-point games.
Mamukelashvili also has some range to his game, making 27 of 80 3-pointers. He is 4 of 8 in the last two games. He had 26 points and nine rebounds and made 7 of 10 3-pointers in the Pirates’ 88-79 victory at Marquette last season.
Marquette freshman Dawson Garcia, 6-11, had a career-high 28 points in the loss to Villanova the last time out. Dawson, the preseason Big East freshman of the year, is averaging 13.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. He has five 20-point games and two double-doubles.
Garcia also has touch, having made 21 of 53 3-pointers (39.6 percent) and 60 of 78 free throws (76.9).
By the Numbers
Seton Hall is 12-7 ATS and won has four its last six, and it has had a distinct profile in Big East play. The Pirates are 3-3 at home ATS and are 5-2 ATS on the road. They have failed to cover the last three and four of the last five at home.
Seton Hall has won the last five games in the series by an average of 8.2 points per game, including one meeting in the Big East tournament. The Pirates have won four of the last five at home.
Marquette has been a go-against all season, with 6-14 ATS record. Since covering as an 8.5-point underdog in an 89-84 victory at Creighton on Dec. 14, the Golden Warriors are 2-11 ATS and 1-5 ATS on the road in Big East games.
Seton Hall is ranked 16th in adjusted offensive efficiency and 30th in adjusted efficiency margin against a schedule that is ranked the 17th most difficult in Division I, according to KenPom. Marquette is 87th in adjusted efficiency margin.
Marquette Has Depth Issues
Freshman Justin Lewis has missed three of the last four games with a left ankle injury and played only eight minutes in a fourth, and his loss has deprived the Golden Warriors of their most dependable reserve.
Lewis, 6-7, is averaging 8.0 points and 6.1 rebounds, and he is 15th in the Big East in rebounding. In the last four games, Marquette six reserves have scored 22 points total on 25 percent shooting. The bench has scored fewer than 10 points in three of its last four games.
Four Golden Warriors average at least 30 minutes per game, led by sophomore Ohio State transfer guard D.J. Carton at 32.1 minutes. Carton is averaging a team-high 13.7 points per game and is tied for the team lead with 22 3-pointers.
The pick: Seton Hall -7.5 (-110)
Jack has covered college and professional sports for various Arizona media outlets and has written for the AP, USA Today and Baseball America, among others. He staffed the 2015-17 World Series and has staffed four Super Bowls.