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March Madness Odds - Golden Eagles Soar After Tough Start

March Madness odds handicappers are always looking for a surprise bargain or dark horse team that will give them added March Madness betting value.

March Madness odds bettors may want to consider the Marquette Golden Eagles as a March Madness betting “sleeper” as they have rebounded with a nice run after a stretch of tough losses. Marquette has been a regular on the March Madness odds board but it appeared as if they would not need their March Madness betting “dance shoes” for 2010 after a stretch of excruciating losses to top shelf teams such as Wisconsin, West Virginia, Villanova and Syracuse.

The most embarrassing loss for Marquette, however, was when they were defeated at lowly DePaul 50-51 as 13-point chalks with the college basketball gambling lines.  Since that loss, however, the Golden Eagles have been one of the best values on the board with a mark of 5-1 against the spread.

Marquette has demonstrated to all March Madness odds handicappers than they can compete with any team at any location.  Some of their road losses are actually solid credentials with the March Madness odds.

They lost at West Virginia 62-63 as 12.5-pointd dogs on December 29, at Villanova 72-74 as 9-point dogs on January 2, and at Syracuse 71-76 as 8.5-point dogs on January 23.  The biggest win on their March Madness odds resume was a 62-59 win and cover at home over Georgetown.

Just three weeks ago Marquette was given up for dead with the March Madness odds but they hung together and refused to quit and got back into the upper half of the Big East Conference race.  Overall Marquette was 16-8 straight up and 12-6 against the spread.

The Golden Eagles would bring considerable balance to the March Madness odds board as they are solid on both ends of the court as they ranked in the upper sixth of the national rankings for both offense and defense.  Their free throw shooting, which was an object of ridicule, has shown dramatic improvement and ranked in the upper tenth in the country.

Rebounding would have to be considered their one area of weakness with the March Madness odds as it ranked in the bottom half of the nation.  Lazar Hayward is the man that makes Marquette go.  He led the team in scoring with 18.6-points per game and rebounds with 8.1-per game.