Butler at Creighton 1/11/17 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions
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Butler Bulldogs vs. Creighton Bluejays
NCAAB: 9:00 PM EST
Jan. 11, 2017
Latest Odds : CRE -4 Total 152.5
This should be a thrilling matchup between two Big East contenders who are both ranked in the top 12 of this week's AP Top 25 poll.
The Butler Bulldogs have won three games in a row, including a great home win over Villanova, and knocked off Georgetown 85-76 in overtime last time out. Kelan Martin leads Butler with 17.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. The Bulldogs are 15th in the nation in offensive efficiency and score 77.7 points per game (97th). Andrew Chrabascz adds 11.9 ppg and 5.0 rebounds while Tyler Wideman contributes 8.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg. The Bulldogs are 24th in defensive efficiency and give up 64.9 ppg (40th in the nation).
Creighton has an exquisite offense. The Bluejays have won two games in a row, knocking off Providence 78-64 in their last outing. Marcus Foster leads the Bluejays with 18.6 points per game and Justin Patton adds 14.3 ppg and 6.5 rpg. Maurice Watson is the ultimate floor leader for coach Greg McDermott, pacing the nation with 9.1 assists per game and scoring 13.2 ppg. Khyri Thomas adds 12 ppg.
The Bluejays knock down 42 percent of 3-pointers and 59.8 percent of 2-pointers and are top five in the nation in both categories, also have one of the nation's lowest turnover rates. They are seventh in offensive efficiency and 11th in scoring, putting up 87.5 points per game. Creighton is 69th in defensive efficiency, allowing 72 points per game (180th in the nation).
Recent Betting Trends:
Bulldogs are 14-3-1 ATS in their last 18 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Bluejays are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Over is 4-0 in Bulldogs last 4 road games.
Under is 8-1 in Bluejays last 9 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Free Betting Pick: Creighton Bluejays -4
This Butler team is very good but on the road it's just too much to pull the upset. Add in that this Creighton team might have the best guard duo in country and think Bluejays have enough to get quality home win. Final Score Prediction, Creighton Blue Jays win and cover ATS 78-72.