Creighton vs. Marquette - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Marquette Golden Eagles (14-11) at Creighton Bluejays (19-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10:00 pm (CenturyLink Center-NE)
The Line: Creighton Bluejays -7.5 -- Over/Under: 165 See the Latest Odds
We have some Big East action on the hardwood as the Marquette Golden Eagles battle the Creighton Bluejays in a college basketball matchup on Saturday night.
The Marquette Golden Eagles will look for a big road win after losing 5 of their last 6 games, including an 86-78 loss to St. John’s in their last outing. Andrew Rowsey led Marquette with 34 points on 11 of 26 shooting with 6 threes and team-highs of 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Sam Hauser and Markus Howard each added 18 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Marquette in the losing effort. Hauser added 7 rebounds while shooting 7 of 11 with 4 threes while Howard added 6 boards. Howard leads Marquette in scoring with 21.9 points per game while Rowsey leads the Golden Eagles with an average of 4.2 assists per game and Hauser leads Marquette with 6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Marquette is scoring 81.8 points per game on 46.9% shooting from the field, 40.2% from behind the arc and 80% from the foul line this season, the 2nd-best free throw percentage in the country.
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The Creighton Bluejays will try to find some measure of consistent play after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games, including a 94-46 win over subdivision Bemidji State in their last outing. Jacob Epperson led Creighton with 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting with 3 triples in 18 minutes, while Marcus Foster added 12 points with a share of the team-high with 8 rebounds. Tyler Clement added 11 points on a perfect 4 of 4 from the floor with 3 threes, while Khyri Thomas added 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Creighton in the win. Ronnie Harrell Jr. added 7 points with 8 rebounds and a share of the team-high with 5 assists while Mitch Ballock added 7 points and 5 assists of his own in the win. Foster leads Creighton in scoring with 20.3 points per game while Harrell Jr leads the Bluejays in rebounding with 6.5 rebounds per game and Davion Mintz leads Creighton in assists with 3 helpers per game this season. As a team, Creighton owns the 9th-highest scoring offense in the country, scoring 85.4 points per game on 50% shooting from the field, 37.7% from behind the arc and 76.9% from the foul line this season.
Marquette is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a game where they failed to cover the spread and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 road games. Creighton is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the under is 15-5 in their last 20 conference matchups. The road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Creighton has been a solid team at home this season, but the Bluejays have been struggling ATS as of late. One thing that Marquette has done consistently lately is lose, but they’ve been decent ATS and the road team has had the bulk of the success ATS when these two meet, so I’ll take a shot at Marquette and the points here.