Creighton Bluejays vs. Seton Hall Pirates - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Seton Hall Pirates (12-3) at Creighton Bluejays (9-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 2:15 pm (CenturyLink Center)
The Line: Creighton Bluejays +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Seton Hall Pirates will travel to the CenturyLink Center Omaha to take on the Creighton Blue Jays this Saturday afternoon.
The 19th ranked Seton Hall Pirates fell to the Xavier Musketeers 69-58 and dropped to 12-3 (2-1 Big East) on the season. Seton Hall struggled from beyond the arc as they only shot 26.9% (7-26) as a team. Leading the way for the Pirates was Angel Delgado who had 12 points and 6 rebounds from off the bench. Seton Hall is currently ranked 10th in the RPI Standings and has played the 35th ranked SOS. On the season, the Pirates have been led by Sterling Gibbs (16.0 ppg, 3.9 apg, 1.3 spg) and Angel Delgado (8.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.4 bpg). Offensively, Seton Hall is averaging 70.8 ppg (ranked 111th) on 44.7% shooting (ranked 118th). The Pirates are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 111th) on 36.5% three-point shooting (ranked 91st). Defensively, Seton Hall is holding their opponents to an average of 61.3 ppg (ranked 73rd) on 39.1% shooting (ranked 61st). The Pirates hold their opponents to just 25.6% three-point shooting (ranked 3rd). Seton Hall is expected to be without their star guard, Isaiah Whitehead (11.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.4 apg), who has been sidelined with a foot injury.
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The Creighton Blue Jays lost their 4th straight game and fell to 9-7 (0-3 Big East) on the season after losing to the DePaul Blue Demons this past Wednesday. The Blue Devils jumped all over the Blue Jays out of the gate and took a 14 point half-time lead which Creighton couldn’t come back from. Leading the way for the Blue Jays was Toby Hegner who had 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Creighton is currently ranked 122nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 77th ranked SOS. On the season the Blue Jays have been led by Austin Chatman (13.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.4 apg) and Isaiah Zierden (11.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.6 apg). Offensively, Creighton is averaging 69.5 ppg (ranked 141st) on 41.5% shooting (ranked 257th). The Blue Jays average 8.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 24th). Defensively, Creighton is allowing their opponents to average 65.6 ppg (ranked 172nd) on 43.1% shooting (ranked 207th). The Blue Jays have trouble creating turnovers as they only average 4.7 spg (ranked 325th).
The Pirates are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a S.U. loss. The Blue Jays are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a double-digit loss at home however, are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Seton Hall was expected to fall back a bit after losing their 5-star guard Iasiah Whitehead to a foot injury but instead went out a knocked off both St. John’s and Villanova before losing a close game against Xavier. Creighton has really struggled recently and unless they are hitting their three-pointers, can have trouble putting the ball on the offensive end. I think this is going to be a close game, but as this game is pretty much a pick'em, I can’t go away from Seton Hall as they have shown they can win without Isaiah Whitehead.