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Creighton vs. Xavier - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Xavier Musketeers (18-12) at Creighton Bluejays (13-17)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2:01 pm (CenturyLink Center)

The Line: Creighton Bluejays +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX Sports 2

The Xavier Musketeers and Creighton Bluejays play Saturday at the CenturyLink Center Omaha.

The Xavier Musketeers need a win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, Xavier is averaging 74.8 points on 47.6 percent shooting and is allowing 67.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Trevon Bluiett is averaging 12.3 points and 4.5 rebounds while Matt Stainbrook is averaging 11.5 points and 2.5 assists. Myles Davis is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Reynolds is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Xavier Musketeers have four players averaging at least 9.6 points, and they’re shooting 73.5 percent from the line and 35.4 percent from deep. Defensively, Xavier is allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and has given up 58 or less points in three of its last four games.

Creighton vs. Xavier - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Creighton Bluejays need a win after losing four of their last six. On the season, Creighton is averaging 67.2 points on 41.5 percent shooting and is allowing 67 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Austin Chatman is averaging 11.4 points and 3.6 assists while James Milliken is averaging 8.6 points and 2.6 rebounds. Devin Brooks is dishing three assists and Rick Kreklow is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Creighton Bluejays have five players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 73.2 percent from the line and 34.1 percent from deep. Defensively, Creighton is allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in four of its last eight games.

The Musketeers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games. The Bluejays are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

Xavier is simply the better team here and has probably been waiting for this game after blowing the previous meeting in overtime. I look for the Musketeers to return the favor and pick up the W and the cover. 

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Xavier Musketeers -3

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