Another big week of high-profile nonconference college basketball games continues on Wednesday with a top-15 matchup between No. 12 Texas and No. 8 Marquette at Fiserv Forum.
Wednesday’s contest marks yet another good test for two teams that have both challenged themselves in non-conference play. Texas has already faced one of the top teams in the country in No. 5 UConn, while Marquette took on No. 20 Illinois, UCLA, No. 2 Kansas, and No. 4 Purdue over an eight-day stretch from Nov. 14-22. Shaka Smart’s Golden Eagles have also faced in-state rival Wisconsin, and they face Notre Dame on Saturday.
Below is everything you need to know about Tuesday’s game, including our Texas vs Marquette betting pick.
Here are our Texas vs Marquette odds, picks, and predictions.
Texas vs Marquette Odds: Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under
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Texas Longhorns (6-1, 2-5 ATS)
Texas is coming off a strong season in ’22-23, and the Horns entered this year with high expectations in their first year with Rodney Terry as head coach. Terry earned the job after stepping in for Chris Beard early last season and leading the team to a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a run to the Elite 8.
The Longhorns are led by veteran guard Max Abmas, who joined the team this summer after spending the last four years at Oral Roberts. So far, Abmas, a preseason all-Big 12 selection, has been as good as advertised. He’s averaging 16.7 points and 4 assists per game while shooting better than 41% from 3-point land on 7 attempts per game.
Wednesday’s trip to Milwaukee is Texas’s first matchup with a national contender since its 81-71 loss to Connecticut on Nov. 20.
Marquette Golden Eagles (6-2, 4-3-1 ATS)
Marquette entered its third season under former Texas coach Shaka Smart with championship expectations this year after last year’s 29-win campaign. The Golden Eagles return three of their top players, including guard Tyler Kolek, who won Big East Player of the Year in ’23 and was named the conference’s preseason player of the year for this year after averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 assists last season.
In Kolek, guard Kam Jones, and forward Oso Ighodaro, Marquette boasts three players who earned All-Big East honors last season. All three are averaging at least 12 points per game and shooting better than 40% from the field this season.
Marquette’s experience has proven valuable against a brutal early schedule. Including Wednesday’s game, the Golden Eagles will have faced five currently ranked teams in their first nine games. The Eagles’ resume boasts one of the most impressive wins of the season across college hoops, a 73-59 win over Kansas in Maui. Marquette nearly followed that up with another top-5 win over Purdue the following day but lost that one 78-75.
Marquette is coming off a 75-64 loss to Wisconsin last Saturday in which it fell behind by 13 points at halftime in Madison. Both Kolek and Ighodaro struggled in the loss, combining for just 16 points on 6-for-16 shooting from the field.
Texas vs Marquette Odds and Prediction: Marquette to Cover at Home
Texas is a dangerous team, but playing on the road against an opponent with as much firepower as Marquette will likely make for a long night for the Longhorns. The Golden Eagles look like one of the best squads in the country based on what they brought back from last year’s Big East championship-winning team (both regular season and conference tourney) and their showing in Maui against Kansas and Purdue.
It’s also hard to envision a veteran team like this having two bad games in a row. So, coming off its upset loss to Wisconsin, expect a big night from Marquette and a comfortable victory.
Pick: Marquette (-7.5 at time of publishing)
How To Watch Texas vs Marquette
- Date: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023
- Tipoff: 8:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Fiserv Forum — Milwaukee
- Where to Watch: FS1