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Creighton Bluejays vs. Chicago State Cougars Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/29/13

Chicago State Cougars (5-7) at Creighton Bluejays (9-2)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 5:07 pm (CenturyLink Center)

The Line: Creighton Bluejays -27 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: not listed

The Creighton Bluejays entertain the the Chicago State Cougars at the CenturyLink Center.

Chicago State has displayed plenty of scoring potential but defense is the area that has been a trouble spot for the first year WAC member. Everything was a problem in a 102-62 loss at Cincinnati where the Bearcats connected at just 43.5% but that was plenty with 26 more shots mostly due to 29 offensive rebounds. Quinton Pippen paced the attack with 20 points on 7-16 from the floor with Clarke Rosenberg tossing in 17 while Nate Duhon and Eddie Denard combined for 15 points.

Creighton Bluejays vs. Chicago State Cougars Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/29/13

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After back to back defeats that booted Creighton out of the top 25 they have ripped off four wins in a row as they attempt to crawl back in to the national rankings. Both the offense and defense have played well in this stretch after a 68-54 decision over California. The Bluejays took a 12 point lead with them in to the locker room and held serve the rest of the way. The Golden Bears never got their feet under them on 36% shooting while the Jays 44.6% carried the day with five more makes from the field. Doug McDermott pumped in a game high 20 points and ripped down eleven rebounds with Austin Chatman and Grant Gibbs combined for 21 points and eleven boards while Ethan Wragge chipped in with nine points.

Defense is where Chicago State struggles and that plays in to the hands of the high scoring Bluejays. If Creighton plays defense they cover and if not they just win big...

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