Creighton Bluejays vs. Baylor Bears - 3/23/14 West Region
Baylor Bears (25-11) at Creighton Bluejays (27-7)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 7:40 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: Creighton Bluejays -3 -- Over/Under: 144 See the Latest Odds
The Baylor Bears and Creighton Bluejays will meet Sunday night in a chance to appear in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
Baylor won its first tournament game fairly easily with a 74-60 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Baylor shot only 40.5 percent from the field, but it dominated the glass, grabbing 37 rebounds in the victory. On the season, the Bears average 73.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allow 68.1 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Baylor is a defensively dominated team and controls the glass by snagging 38.7 rebounds per game. The Bears shoot 68 percent from the free throw line and are led by senior forward Cory Jefferson, who averages 13.6 points and 8.4 rebounds. The Baylor Bears are 14-13-2 ATS overall this season.
Creighton beat the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns 76-66 in the second round of the tournament. In the win, the Bluejays shot 51.9 percent from the field and turned the ball over only six times. On the season, Creighton averages 79.4 points on 50 percent shooting and allows 67.4 points on 42 percent shooting. Creighton relies heavily on the three ball at 42 percent and knocks down a cool 74.4 percent from the free throw line. However, the Bluejays average just 34.4 rebounds per game. The Creighton Bluejays are 18-14 ATS overall.
The Bears are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games. The Bluejays are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss.
I like the Bluejays to get the job done and cover the small chalk. Creighton has the shooters to not be bothered by the Baylor zone, while the Bears can go stretches without putting the ball in the hoop.
This will be a close game till the end, but Baylor doesn’t have enough consistent offense to keep up with Creighton when the shots are falling. The Bluejays will pull away late like they did in their first tournament matchup.