Seton Hall vs. Creighton - 3/10/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Creighton Bluejays (18-13) at Seton Hall Pirates (22-8)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 9:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Seton Hall Pirates -2 -- Over/Under: 146 See the Latest Odds
The Creighton Blue Jays and Seton Hall Pirates will square off in the quarterfinals of the Big East Men’s Championship this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Creighton Blue Jays come into the tournament as the 5-seed after finishing the regular season with an 18-13 overall record and 9-9 conference record. Creighton was able to get some big wins during the middle of their conference schedule, including a 70-56 win at home over Xavier, however, lost 4 of their last 5 games of the season and will probably need to win the Big East Tournament to get into the NCAA Tournament. On the season, Creighton has been led by Maurice Watson Jr. who is averaging 14.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, and 6.6 apg). Also chipping in for the Blue Jays has been Cole Huff (10.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg), Geoffrey Groselle (10.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.2 bpg), and Isaiah Zierden (10.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.2 bpg). Offensively, Creighton is averaging 79.8 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field and 35.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Blue Jays average 8.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.34. Defensively, Creighton is allowing their opponents to average 72.8 ppg on 43.7% shooting. The Blue Jays have a rebound margin of 1.9 and average 6.1 steals per game.
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The Seton Hall Pirates picked up big wins towards the end of their season against Xavier and Providence to finish the year with a 22-8 record and earned the 3-seed with a 12-6 conference record. Seton Hall hasn’t been in the NCAA Tournament since 2006, but ended their season winning 5 of their last 6 games and look as if they will at worse get an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament. Leading the way for Seton Hall has been their star Sophomore point guard, Isaiah Whitehead, who is averaging 17.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.2 spg, and 1.5 bpg. Also contributing for the Pirates has been Khadeen Carrington (13.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg), Desi Rodriguez (12.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.5 spg), and Angel Delgado (10.2 ppg, 9.7 rpg). Offensively, Seton Hall is averaging 74.4 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field and 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Pirates average 6.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.01. Defensively, Seton Hall is holding their opponents to an average of 67.1 ppg on 40.2% shooting. The Pirates have a rebound margin of 4.0 and average 7.1 steals per game.
The Bluejays are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 25-12-1 ATS in their last 38 games overall. The Pirates are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 vs. Big East opponents and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
Creighton and Seton Hall split their regular season series as both teams won convincingly on the road. Creighton has one of the better offensives in the country as they rank 32nd in scoring offense and 39th in FG%. Seton Hall had one of the better defenses in the Big East this season as in the country, the Pirates rank 64th in scoring defense, 61st in rebound margin, and 37th in defense FG%. Creighton struggled down the stretch a bit and although they were able to pull off a great win at Seton Hall earlier season, the Pirates are the better team in this one and should be able to cover this small spread.