Creighton vs. Loyola-Maryland - 11/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Loyola-Maryland Greyhounds (2-3) at Creighton Bluejays (5-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 4:30 pm (CenturyLink Center)
The Line: Creighton Bluejays -25 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Loyola (MD) Greyhounds will travel to the CenturyLink Center – Omaha this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Loyola (MD) Greyhounds snapped their 2nd straight game and improved to 2-3 on the season after defeating the Fairfield Stags, 81-66, this past Wednesday. Loyola (MD) went into halftime down by a 41-39 margin however, used a 21-9 run to start the 2nd half and held a double-digit lead for the rest of the way. Loyola (MD) shot 45.5% from the field and forced the Stags into committing 20 turnovers. Leading the way for the Greyhounds was Jarred Jones who had a double-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks. On the season, Loyola (MD) is averaging 65.8 ppg on 39.7% shooting from the field. The Greyhounds are averaging 5.0 three-pointers per game on 29.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Loyola (MD) has been led by Jarred Jones (15.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.2 spg, 1.2 bpg), Andre Walker (12.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.4 apg), James Fives (9.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.2 spg), and Andrew Kostecka (8.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.4 spg). Defensively, Loyola (MD) is allowing their opponents to average 69.0 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Greyhounds have struggled on the boards as they enter the game with a -5.0-rebound margin.
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The 12th ranked Creighton Bluejays improved to 5-0 on the season after defeating the Ole Miss Rebels, 86-77, this Monday in the Championship game of the Paradise Jam Tournament. Creighton was down by double-digits early in the 2nd half however, used was able to fight back and used a 12-3 run to close out the game and secure the victory. Creighton was outstanding on the offensive end as they shot 52.5% from the field and 61.5% (16-26) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bluejays was Marcus Foster who had 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, Creighton is averaging 93.8 ppg on 54.5% shooting from the field. The Bluejays are averaging 12.4 three-pointers per game on 50.8% shooting form beyond the arc. Offensively, Creighton has been led by Marcus Foster (18.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.2 apg), Khyri Thomas (14.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.8 apg), Maurice Watson Jr. (12.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 9.2 apg), and Cole Huff (11.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg). Defensively, Creighton is allowing their opponents to average 79.4 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field.
The Greyhounds are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games however, just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The Bluejays are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games.
Creighton comes into this game with the 3rd ranked FG% and top-ranked 3-PT FG% and as Loyola (MD) lost by a 83-48 margin against a Notre Dame team that has a lot of similarities to the Bluejays, I’m taking Creighton to cover this large spread at home.