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Creighton Bluejays vs. Villanova Wildcats Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/16/14

Villanova Wildcats (22-2) at Creighton Bluejays (20-4)

College Basketball: Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:07 pm (CenturyLink Center)

The Line: Creighton Bluejays -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports One

The #6 Villanova Wildcats visit the #18 Creighton Bluejays in a battle of the big east’s two top teams Sunday at 5PM on Fox Sports One.

Villanova continues to mow teams down since their loss to Creighton at home a few weeks back.  This past week, the Wildcats went on the road and dominated a weak DePaul squad 87-62.  The Wildcats ran out to a 48-31 lead at the break and shot the ball really well doing so.  Villanova finished the game with 55% shooting from the floor, 57% from deep and a rock solid 90% at the charity stripe.  Individually, the Wildcats were led by Darrun Hillard’s 22 points.  Jayvaughn Pinkston added 14 and 11 and was a strong force on the blocks off the dribble.  The win was Villanova’s 6th in a row and pushed the Wildcats to 22-2 for the year and 10-1 in conference play -- good for sole possession of first place.

Creighton Bluejays vs. Villanova Wildcats Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/16/14

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Creighton bounced back from their first loss in quite some time to squeak by Butler 68-63.  The Bluejays failed to cover in this game and once again were not as efficient as we have been used to seeing them be over the past few months.  The Bluejays had 17 assists to just 9 turnovers and got a late three by Doug McDermott that sealed the game.  McDermott finished the game with 26 points and 5 boards -- right on average for the all-american.  Creighton finished the game 80% from the free throw line.  The Bluejays defense was effective but they failed to make any impact on the turnover game as they registered just 2 steals and no blocks for the game -- getting in the passing lanes will be a key against Villanova’s offense which features a ton of quick ball movement.

This game is huge for both these teams as not many games remain and they continue to stand head and shoulders above the rest of the Big East.  Creighton went into Philly a few weeks back and put on a clinic from deep and Villanova certainly has not forgotten.  Villanova is the deeper team and the better defensive team -- I like the Wildcats to get revenge and really give themselves some breathing room in conference play with the big win and cover on the road.


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