The UCLA Bruins (3-0) and Marquette Golden Eagles (3-0) tussle on neutral hardwood Monday as they meet in an opening round game of the Allstate Maui Invitational in Honolulu. The opening tip at the Stan Sheriff Center will be at 11:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2). Below, we analyze BetMGM Sportsbook’s lines around the UCLA vs. Marquette odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and best bets.
UCLA is No. 24 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll. Until now, the Bruins have been favored by at least 25 points in every contest. Their last 2 games were against-the-spread (ATS) losses despite holding Lafayette to a 32.7% mark from the field Nov. 10 and Long Island to a 35.3% figure Nov. 15.
Marquette, tabbed as No. 5 in the poll, last played on Tuesday, racking up an impressive 71-64 triumph at Illinois as a 1-point underdog. It prevailed by holding the Illini to a 35.0% mark from the floor and by forcing 15 turnovers.
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UCLA vs. Marquette odds
Provided by BetMGM Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 1:48 p.m. ET.
- Moneyline: UCLA +200 (bet $100 to win $200) | Marquette -250 (bet $250 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): UCLA +6.5 (-115) | Marquette -6.5 (-105)
- Over/Under (O/U): 141.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
UCLA vs. Marquette picks and predictions
Marquette 73, UCLA 69
PASS — no value to be found between these prices.
These 2 programs played a home-and-home series in 2020 and 2021. The Bruins won both games straight up and ATS.
This matchup features a youthful UCLA squad meeting a veteran Marquette one. It’s also a slow-tempo Bruins team going against a faster-than-average Eagles one.
Peg UCLA with a height advantage and likely the better defense. Also peg the Bruins with some upward potential with their shooting numbers.
The youth could be an issue against an MU 5 with a lot of continuity. Figure UCLA +6.5 (-115) as being worth a partial-play unit.
The Over is 4-1 across the Eagles last 5 November games.
Both teams can defend the 3, but look for this game to have some transition play and a lot of good looks inside.
TAKE THE OVER 141.5 (-110).
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