Tension are sure to be high, as advancing to the Elite 8 will be at stake in the East Region on Thursday when #3 seeded Marquette and #2 seeded Miami clash. Where are we looking to place our sports picks in this Sweet 16 matchup.


Sweet 16 Pick: Marquette vs. Miami Florida

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The Marquette Golden Eagles with meet the Miami Hurricanes this Thursday in Sweet 16 action when the two teams collide at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.

The SU winner will earn the right to advance to the Elite 8 portion of the bracket, but find out which way we are going with our NCAA Basketball picks to beat the odds for this matchup.

The sportsbooks consensus has the Hurricanes listed as -5 ½ point favorites, but if you are looking to make a play on the Golden Eagles, you might be able to find +6 at a few NCAA Basketball odds shops.

As expected, the over/under total is coming in low, with a current number posted at 127 points. Miami has landed under the total 17 times this season, while Marquette feel under the number in 13 contests. However, Miami has eclipsed the total in 7 of their last 10 games overall.

Miami was able to oust Illinois in their previous matchup by a score of 63-59 to reach this point in the tournament, though they failed to cover the chalk of -8 points.

Meanwhile, Marquette was also involved in a tight one the last time out, winning by a score of 74-72 over Butler. However, the Golden Eagles earned the ATS win, covering the slim -1 ½ spread.

A Look At The Stats

Marquette’s offense is averaging 68.8 points per game compared to the Hurricanes, who are dropping in nearly 70 points per outing (69.9). However, from behind the arc, the Hurricanes have a much bigger advantage, hitting an average of 7.0 per game from downtown compared to 4.3 by the Golden Eagles.

On defense, Miami is a bit stinger and slightly better, with a points against average of 60.3 per game, while Marquette is allowing just under 63 points per contest (62.9).

The Pick

Miami is the better and more confident team in this matchup, though both squads are hoping to carry over the luck they had from the prior rounds in this tournament.

However, Miami will spoil the Golden Eagles bid to advance to the next round, ultimately putting an end to Marquette’s season, while moving on to the Elite 8 with a huge win and point spread cover.

NCAA Pick: Miami Hurricanes – 5 ½ at bet365

Before placing your picks, take a look at our NCAA Tournament Betting: Sweet 16 Seeding Trends.