Nebraska vs. Creighton - 12/7/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Creighton Bluejays (6-2) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Creighton Bluejays and Nebraska Cornhuskers play Sunday night at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The Creighton Bluejays have lost two of their last three games and will play their second true road contest. On the season, Creighton is averaging 72.8 points on 43.4 percent shooting and is allowing 62.9 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Isaiah Zierden leads the Bluejays with 12.5 points on 46.7 percent shooting and Austin Chatman is averaging 11.3 points and 4.6 assists. Devin Brooks is grabbing 5.1 rebounds per game and Toby Hegner is shooting 44.4 percent from the field. The Creighton Bluejays are still a great offensive team, having five players averaging at least eight points, and they’re shooting 76.7 percent from the free throw line and 34 percent from three. Defensively is where Creighton has struggled, allowing teams to shoot nearly 38 percent from deep and forcing 12.8 turnovers.
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers have won three straight and haven’t played in nearly a week. On the season, Nebraska is averaging 74.8 points on 46.3 percent shooting and is allowing 63.2 points on 38.1 percent shooting. Terran Petteway is averaging 21 points and 5.5 rebounds while Shavon Shields is averaging 20 points and 7.3 rebounds. Tai Webster is shooting 41.7 percent from the field and Benny Parker is averaging 2.3 assists. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have six players averaging at least six points and they’re shooting 32.8 percent from three and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. Nebraska’s defense is forcing more than 16 turnovers per game and is holding teams to 28.2 percent shooting from deep.
The Bluejays are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big Ten. The Cornhuskers are 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bluejays are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Nebraska and 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
I don't think anybody can be sold on Creighton as it looks like a team that's still trying to fin itself. Meanwhile, Nebraska is clicking on both sides of the ball and with the help from the home crowd should cover this reasonable spread.