Creighton vs. Nebraska - 12/9/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-3) at Creighton Bluejays (5-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm (CenturyLink Center)
The Line: Creighton Bluejays -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Nebraska Cornhuskers will travel to CenturyLink Center Omaha to take on the Creighton Bluejays this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers improved to 6-3 (0-0 Big 10) on the season after defeating the Abilene Christian Wildcats, 73-63, this past Saturday. Nebraska shot 42.9% from the field, 25.0% (4-16) from three-point range, and 75.0% (27-36) from the FT line. The Cornhuskers allowed the Wildcats to shoot 46.8% from the field and forced Abilene Christian to commit 20 turnovers. Nebraska outrebounded Abilene Christian by a 34-25 margin. Leading the way for the Cornhuskers was Andrew White who had 30 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals. On the season, Nebraska has been led by Andrew White (16.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.2 spg), Shavon Shields (16.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.9 apg), and Tai Webster (9.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.0 apg). Offensively, Nebraska is allowing 75.8 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field and 37.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Cornhuskers average 7.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.88. Defensively, Nebraska is holding their opponents to an average of 64.8 ppg on 39.3% shooting. The Cornhuskers have a rebound margin of 7.7 and a turnover margin of 0.3.
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The Creighton Bluejays lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 5-3 (0-0 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the Loyola (CHI) Ramblers, 68-65, this past Saturday. Creighton struggled early offensively and finished the game shooting 42.4% from the field and 30.0% (6-20) from beyond the arc. The Bluejays allowed the Ramblers to shoot 41.7% from the field and 40.0% (8-20) from three-point range. Creighton outrebound the Ramblers by a 45-32 margin but committed 12 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Bluejays was Khyri Thomas who had 22 points and 5 rebounds. On the season, Creighton has been led by Cole Huff (12.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg), Maurice Watson Jr. (11.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 6.0 apg), and Geoffrey Groselle (11.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg). Offensively, Creighton is averaging 85.3 ppg on 49.5% shooting from the field and 37.9% shooting from three-point range. The Bluejays average 9.4 three-pointers per game and an assist/turnover ratio of 1.50. Defensively, Creighton is allowing their opponents to average 74.9 ppg on 45.7% shooting. The Bluejays have a rebound margin of 3.1 and a turnover margin of 2.9.
The Cornhuskers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bluejays are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games.
Nebraska’s losses have all come against top-25 teams this season (Villanova, Cincinnati & Miami) and have played well really well defensively. Creighton is tough at home and although they can score the ball, they are still having trouble on the defensive end allowing teams to shoot over 45.0%. Creighton is only averaging 69.0 ppg in their losses and as I think the Cornhuskers defensive will cause the Bluejays trouble, I think Nebraska will keep this close and cover with the points. Take Nebraska and the points.