Creighton vs. Washington State - 11/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington State Cougars (2-0) at Creighton Bluejays (2-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Virgin Islands Sport )
The Line: Creighton Bluejays -15.5 -- Over/Under: 156 See the Latest Odds
The Creighton Bluejays and the Washington State Cougars face off on Friday in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise jam college basketball tournament.
The Creighton Bluejays are off to a 2-0 start with impressive wins over UMKC and Wisconsin. Creighton is averaging 84 points per game and they are shooting 50.4 percent from the floor and 43.9 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 74.5 points and their opponents are shooting 42.4 percent. Marcus Foster is averaging 17 points per game in an average of 30 minutes of action for the Bluejays. Khyri Thomas is averaging 17 points and 5 rebounds for Creighton, Maurice Watson Jr. is averaging 17 points and 8.5 assists per game, and Justin Patton is averaging 11 points. Creighton is looking stronger than they ever have but they have yet to play away from home this season.
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The Washington State Cougars are off to a 2-0 start after beating Montana State and following it up with a win over Central Washington. Josh Hawkinson is coming off of a big game for the Cougars where he scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebound splaying the full 40 minutes. Malachi Flynn had 18 points and 6 rebounds for WSU, Ike Iroebu had 15 points and 5 assists, and Conor Clifford added 8 points. Washington State has played a very soft schedule and this is easily their toughest test thus far.
Creighton is 5-1 against the spread against the Pac-12, 7-2 against the spread in their last 9 non-conference games, and 1-4 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Washington State is 0-5 against the spread following a win, 4-13 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 4-14 against the spread in their last 18 games.
Creighton is coming off of a big win and I can see the odds getting ahead of themselves. Look for Creighton to win but for Washington State to put up a good fight.