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Creighton Bluejays vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/17/13

Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions (2-7) at Creighton Bluejays (7-2)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm (CenturyLink Center)

The Line: Creighton Bluejays -30.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Creighton Bluejays and the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions face off on Tuesday in college basketball action.

The Creighton Bluejays are off to a 7-2 start to the season and after starting the season ranked it is clear they have a little work to do if they want to be among the nation’s elite. Creighton is no stranger to the big stage at this point but their 1-2 record in neutral site games isn’t a confidence builder for what is expected in March. Doug McDermott leads the Bluejays averaging 25.3 points and 6.9 rebounds and he is once again one of the top players in the nation. Ethan Wragge is averaging 12.6 points and 4.4 rebounds, Devin Brooks is averaging 9.0 points, and Austin Chatman is averaging 8.4 points and 4.6 rebounds. Creighton is averaging 83.2 points and they are shooting 49.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68.8 points and their opponents are shooting 40.8 percent. Creighton moves to the Big East this season so it should be one of the toughest schedules they have faced.

Creighton Bluejays vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/17/13

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The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions have lost seven games in a row in what has been a very tough schedule. Ark.-PB has played the 32nd ranked schedule in the country and they have yet to play a home game. DaVon Hayes is averaging 13 points and 7.2 rebounds to lead the Golden Lions. Tevin Hammond is averaging 11.1 points, Marcel Moseley is averaging 9.9 points, and Daniel Broughton is averaging 7.7 points and 5.0 rebounds. Arkansas-Pine Bluff is averaging 61.4 points and they are shooting 40.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 75.7 points and their opponents shoot 50.1 percent. Clearly Arkansas-Pine Bluff has simply been overmatched most of the year.

Creighton is 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 games, 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 home games, and 8-3 against the spread following a win. Arkansas-Pine Bluff is 1-5 against the spread following a loss, 0-5 against the spread in their last five non-conference games, and 4-11 against the spread in their last 15 road games against a team with a winning home record.

This is one of those games you have to wonder why they play it and even though laying this many points is something you rarely see me do I am going to lay it here as Creighton should double them up. 

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