Butler vs. Creighton - 2/20/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Creighton Bluejays (19-8) at Butler Bulldogs (18-10)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some Big East conference college basketball action on Tuesday night, as the Creighton Bluejays pay a visit to the Butler Bulldogs.
The Creighton Bluejays will be looking for some measure of consistency after splitting their last 10 games, including a 90-86 loss to Marquette in their last outing. Khyri Thomas led Creighton with 26 points on 11 of 17 shooting with 3 threes and a pair of steals, while Jacob Epperson came 2nd with 14 points on a perfect 7 of 7 from the floor in just 8 minutes. Marcus Foster added 12 points on 4 of 11 shooting with a pair of threes while Toby Hegner added 10 points of his own to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for Creighton in the loss. Ronnie Harrell Jr. added 6 points with team-highs of 6 rebounds and 6 assists while Tyler Clement added 6 helpers of his own in the losing effort for the Bluejays. Foster leads Creighton with an average of 20 points per game while Harrell Jr. leads the Bluejays on the glass with 6.5 rebounds per game and Davion Mintz leads Creighton in the assists department with 2.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Creighton is scoring the 6th-most points per game in the country with 85.4 points per game while owning the 10th-best field goal percentage in the nation, shooting 50.2% from the field, 37.9% from behind the 3-point line and 76.7% from the foul line this season.
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The Butler Bulldogs will look to build some momentum after snapping a 3-game losing streak with a 69-54 win over Providence in their last outing. Kelan Martin led the Bulldogs with 19 points on 6 of 17 shooting with 3 threes and 7 rebounds, while Paul Jorgensen added 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting in 17 minutes and Tyler Wideman added 10 points and 7 rebounds to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Bulldogs in the win. Aaron Thompson added 7 points with 8 rebounds and a pair of steals in the winning effort. Martin leads the Bulldogs with an average of 20.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while Thompson is Butler’s top assist man with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Butler is scoring 79.9 points per game on 47.7% shooting from the field, 35.9% from behind the arc and 78% from the foul line this season, the 7th-best free throw percentage in the country.
Creighton is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss. Butler is 13-5 ATS in their last 18 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 14-6 in their last 20 games overall. Creighton is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Hinkle Fieldhouse is one of the toughest places to go on the road and compete, and I’m not sure how comfortable I am backing Creighton on the road given how inconsistent they’ve been as of late. However, Creighton has had the bulk of the success ATS when these two meet, covering in 7 of the last 9 games. Also, I need to see some consistency of the positive kind from Butler before I can re-instill some faith in the Bulldogs as Butler burned me a couple of times during their losing streak, so I’ll take a shot with the Bluejays here, but it’s a lean at best.