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Creighton vs. Providence - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Providence Friars (19-12) at Creighton Bluejays (21-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 2:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: Creighton Bluejays -4 -- Over/Under: 149.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-1

We have some Big East tournament quarterfinals action on tap Thursday as the #4 seed Creighton Bluejays take on the #5 seed Providence Friars in a college basketball matchup. 

The #5 seeded Providence Friars come into this one following their 10-8 conference record, finishing in a tie for the #3 spot, but losing out to Seton Hall and Creighton in a head-to-head tiebreaker. Providence finished the year with a 19-12 overall record, which included a 9-4 start to the year, with some narrow wins over Stony Brook, Brown, Rider, Belmont and Washington. The Friars split their first 4 conference games, but quickly catapulted to 5-2 with a 4 game winning streak before splitting their next 6 games and dropping 6 of their final 11 games to finish the year. Rodney Bullock led Providence with 14.1 points per game while Alpha Diallo led the Friars on the glass with 6.4 rebounds per game and Kyron Cartwright led the Friars in assists with 5.8 helpers per game this season. As a team, Providence is scoring 74 points per game on 44.6% shooting from the field, 34.6% from behind the 3-point line and 70% from the foul line this season.

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Creighton vs. Providence - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Creighton Bluejays ended up with the #4 seed after finishing with a 10-8 conference mark of their own as part of a 21-10 overall record this season. Creighton ended the non-conference portion of their schedule at 10-2 with some quality wins over Northwestern, UCLA and Nebraska with their 2 losses coming to Baylor and Gonzaga. The Bluejays jumped out to a fast 4-1 start and got as high as 7-3 before splitting their next 8 games and losing in their season finale on the road against Marquette. Marcus Foster leads Creighton with an average of 20.3 points per game while Ronnie Harrell Jr. leads the Bluejays on the glass with 6.5 rebounds per game and Davion Mintz leads Creighton in the assists department with 3 assists per game this season. As a team, Creighton owns the 9th-highest scoring offense in the nation with 84.8 points per game on 49.9% shooting, 37.9% from behind the arc and 75% from the foul line this season.

Providence is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games overall. Creighton is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 conference matchups. Providence is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.

Providence has had the bulk of the success ATS between these two, and won the last meeting in January by 14 points. However, Providence hasn’t been very good ATS on a neutral floor, and 4 of the last 5 meetings have been decided by double digits. When the shots are falling, Creighton can shoot you out of the gym and can end things early. The Bluejays have scored 80 or more in 4 of their last 5 games, while the Friars haven’t topped 80 in their last 11 games with the last time being the win against Creighton. All in all, I think that Creighton does enough to get the job done here, so I’ll lay the points with the Bluejays.

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