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NCAA Tournament Picks: Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Davidson Wildcats

Jeff GrantContributor IMarch 18, 2013

NCAA Tournament Picks: Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Davidson Wildcats

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    The Marquette Golden Eagles are 11-9 against the spread on a neutral floor the last two-plus seasons, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball picks Thursday as they prepare to take on the Davidson Wildcats at Rupp Arena.

    Sports bettors will find that the Golden Eagles are four-point neutral-site favorites in the college basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 132 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this second-round matchup in the 2013 NCAA tournament from a betting perspective while offering up an against-the-spread pick along the way.

Marquette Golden Eagles

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    The Marquette Golden Eagles have won seven of their last 10 games, but they suffered a disappointing 73-65 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as three-point neutral-site favorites last Thursday.

    Sports bettors will find that the Golden Eagles are 18-7-1 against the spread in their last 26 games following a straight-up loss.

Davidson Wildcats

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    The Davidson Wildcats own the nation's longest current winning streak at 17 games. They earned the Southern Conference's automatic bid into the 2013 NCAA tournament with a 74-55 victory over the College of Charleston a week ago.

    Since the 1997-98 season, the Wildcats are 6-3 against the spread when appearing in the NCAA tournament, with the UNDER going 5-3-1 in those contests.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Davidson Wildcats as one of their NCAA basketball picks Thursday, as the Marquette Golden Eagles are 5-11-1 against the spread in their last 17 non-conference games.

    NCAA Basketball Pick: Davidson Wildcats +4

     

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