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Creighton vs. IUPUI - 12/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

IUPUI Jaguars (3-8) at Creighton Bluejays (6-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 5:00 pm (CenturyLink Center)

The Line: Creighton Bluejays -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports 1

The IUPUI Jaguars will travel to CenturyLink Center Omaha to take on the Creighton Bluejays this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The IUPUI Jaguars lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 3-8 (0-0 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the Missouri State Bears, 88-74, this past Thursday. IUPUI had a 9 point halftime lead but allowed the Bears to open the 2nd half with a 20-6 run to get back into game and had the lead for the final 7 minutes of the game. IUPUI shot 45.0% from the floor and 47.6% (10-21) from beyond the arc however, committed 16 turnovers in the loss. The Jaguars allowed the Bears to shoot 49.2% from the field and only forced Missouri State to commit 7 turnovers. Leading the way for IUPUI was Matt O’Leary who had 16 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks. On the season, the Jaguars have been led by Darell Combs (15.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.5 apg), Jordan Pickett (10.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Matt O’Leary (9.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.3 apg). Offensively, IUPUI is averaging 68.3 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field and 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Jaguars average 7.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.74. Defensively, IUPUI is allowing opponents to average 75.1 ppg on 45.7 shooting. The Jaguars have a rebound margin of -1.4 and a turnover margin of -1.6.

Creighton  vs. IUPUI  - 12/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Creighton Bluejays snapped a two game losing streak and improved to 6-3 (0-0 Big East) on the season after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 83-67, this past Wednesday. The Bluejays got out to a fast start taking a 21-7 lead early in the game and never looked back Creighton continued their dominance against the Cornhuskers. Creighton shot 51.9% from the field and 35.3% (6-17) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Bluejays held the Cornhuskers to 39.7% shooting from the field and 19.0% shooting from three-point range. Leading the way for Creighton was Isaiah Zierden who had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, the Blue Jays have been led by Maurice Watson Jr. (12.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.8 apg), Geoffrey Groselle (11.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.7 bpg), and Isaiah Zierden (11.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.0 spg). Offensively, Creighton is averaging 85.0 ppg on 49.7% shooting from the field and 37.7% shooting from three-point range. The Bluejays average 9.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.48. Defensively, Creighton is allowing their opponents to average 74.0 ppg on 44.9% shooting. The Bluejays have a rebound margin of 3.2 and a turnover margin of 2.7.

The Jaguars are 5-1 ATS In their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record however, just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss. The Bluejays are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 home games and 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall.

IUPUI might be just 3-8 on the season, but head coach Jason Gardner does have the program that has been consistently in the bottom of the Summit league headed in the right direction. Creighton struggled defensively last year and although defense is still the weak area of this year’s team, the Blue Jays have been outstanding offensively. IUPUI will put up a fight in this one early but their lack of offense and turnovers will get them into trouble against the Bluejays and I think Creighton puts up a big number offensively in this one to cover this large spread. Take Creighton to cover. 

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