Villanova answered with 10 consecutive points, pulling within 47-42 on Saddiq Bey's 3-pointer from the right corner.
Marquette star Markus Howard pulled out his vintage herky jerky move in the lane then rattled home a running floater in the second half to give the Golden Eagles a comfortable 12-point cushion over No. 14 Villanova.
The Marquette Golden Eagles will look to rebound after suffering a 70-69 loss to St. John's, snapping their 8-game winning streak. He made all seven of his free throws. He and junior Sacar Anim accounted for the team's final 26 points, which spanned 16 minutes and 30 seconds of game time. Booth leads Villanova with an average of 18.3 points and 4 assists per game while Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 6.6 rebounds per game this season. Villanova is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings between these two teams and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams at Marquette. With that said, I'm so tempted to go with Villanova here, who has won 11 straight and just keeps finding ways to win games and have burned me more often than not when I go against the defending champions.
Marquette: The Golden Eagles play three of their next four on the road, culminating in a rematch at Villanova on February 27.
Here's how to watch Saturday's game.
Second, MU will be celebrating its aforementioned National Marquette Day, its annual homecoming-type celebration that typically is the biggest home game on the calendar.