Creighton at Providence 12/31/18 - NCAA Basketball Picks & Predictions

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Last Updated: 08/21/2019 at 11:18 AM ET

Creighton at Providence 12/31/18 - NCAA Basketball Picks & Predictions

On Monday, the Creighton Bluejays visit Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island to play the Providence Friars. The Bluejays moved to 9-4 on the season following an 89-53 rout over UMKC on Thursday. Ty-Shon Alexander led Creighton in the win with 19 points. The game with Providence begins Creighton’s Big East conference play.

Providence improved to 10-3 with its third straight won last Saturday after defeating Texas on the road 71-65. Alpha Diallo led the Friars with 20 points in a big non-conference victory for Providence. The Friars have had over a week to prepare for their opening Big East game at home against Creighton with 9 days off between games. Ty-Shon Alexander leads the Bluejays in scoring and is second in assists with averages of 17.2 points and 3.1 assists per game. Damien Jefferson leads the team in rebounding with an average of 5.8 per game, while Mitch Ballock is the assists leader with an average of 3.5 per game. Creighton is shooting 52.5% from the field and 44.8% from 3-point territory.

Alpha Diallo is the leading scorer and leading rebounder with averages of 17.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game for Providence. A.J. Reeves is the second leading scorer with an average of 14.2 points per game. Diallo leads the Friars in assists as well with an average of 3.4 per game. Providence is shooting 45.0% from the field and 38.8% from 3-point territory.

Providence enters this game well rested and coming off a huge win on the road against Texas. The Friars have not played for nine days. Alpha Diallo will be a big matchup problem for Creighton as the Friars high scorer can shot well from anywhere on the floor and can post up. Providence has covered the number in 8 of the last 11 versus Creighton. Final Score Prediction, Providence Friars win and cover ATS 79-70.

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