Creighton vs. Villanova - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Villanova Wildcats (11-2) at Creighton Bluejays (10-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 10:00 pm (CenturyLink Center)
The Line: Creighton Bluejays +6.5 -- Over/Under: 153 See the Latest Odds
The 16th ranked Villanova Wildcats will travel to the CenturyLink Center Omaha to take on the Creighton Bluejays this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The 16th ranked Villanova Wildcats won their third straight game and improved to 11-2 (1-0 Big East) on the season after defeating the 6th ranked Xavier Musketeers, 95-64, this past Thursday. Villanova was great on the offensive end and was able to cruise to victory after gaining a 48-30 lead at halftime. Villanova shot 63.2% from the field and 52.0% (13-25) from three-point range. The Wildcats held the Musketeers to 39.2% shooting from the field and 31.6% (6-19) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Villanova was Ryan Arcidiacono who had 27 points, 8 assists, 2 steals, and an assist. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Josh Hart (14.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.3 spg), Ryan Arcidiacono (13.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.3 spg), and Jalen Brunson (11.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.2 apg). Offensively, Villanova is averaging 77.6 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field and 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Wildcats average 9.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.71. Defensively, Villanova is holding their opponents to an average of 59.5 ppg on 37.3% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 0.5 and a turnover margin of 5.4.
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The Creighton Bluejays won their 3rd straight game and improved to 10-4 (1-0 Big East) on the season after defeating the St. John’s Red Storm, 80-70, this past Thursday. Creighton has a 32-29 lead at halftime and used an 8-0 run with just about 8 minutes left in the game to take control of the contest and get the win. Creighton shot 46.4% from the field and 31.8% form beyond the arc in the victory. The Bluejays held the Red Storm to 42.2% shooting from the field and 30.8% shooting from beyond the arc (4-13). Leading the way for Creighton was Geoffrey Groselle who had 22 points on 9 of 10 shooting while pulling down 5 rebounds and collecting 3 blocks. On the season, the Bluejays have been led by Geoffrey Groselle (12.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg), Maurice Watson Jr. (12.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 6.5 apg), and Isaiah Zierden (11.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.6 spg). Offensively, Creighton is averaging 86.9 ppg on 50.3% shooting from the field and 39.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bluejays average 9.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.54. Defensively, Creighton is allowing their opponents to average 74.8 ppg on 43.8% shooting. The Bluejays have a rebound margin of 4.4 and a turnover margin of 1.5.
The Wildcats are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 37-16-1 ATS in their last 54 games overall. The Bluejays are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Big East opponents and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
Villanova showed how dangerous a team that they can be with their convincing victory of the Xavier Musketeers. Creighton has been great on the offensive end this season and has been getting outstanding production out of Geoffrey Groselle who had hit 25 of 27 shots over his past three games. Villanova ranks in the top 10 in the country in both scoring defense and turnover margin and I think they’ll be able to limit the Bluejays offensive attack to cover this spread. Take Villanova to cover.