Creighton Bluejays (9-7) vs. Xavier Musketeers (13-3)
January 11, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -2.5 / Creighton Bluejays +2.5; Over/Under: +152.5
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The Creighton Bluejays and the Xavier Musketeers meet in college basketball action from the Cintas Center on Wednesday night.
The Creighton Bluejays will be out to bounce back from a 69-60 loss to UConn in their last game. Ryan Kalkbrenner leads the Bluejays in scoring with 14.8 PPG along with 6.8 RPG while Arthur Kaluma has 12.8 PPG with 6.1 RPG and Trey Alexander has 12.6 PPG with 4.3 RPG. Baylor Scheierman has 12.3 PPG with a team-high 9.2 RPG to lead the Bluejays on the glass and Ryan Nembhard has 11.5 PPG with a team-high 5.4 APG to lead the Bluejays in the assist department and to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Creighton up to this point in the year. As a team, Creighton is averaging 76.1 points per game on 46.3% shooting from the field, 35.3% from three point range and 72% from the foul line this season.
The Xavier Musketeers will try to build on their current nine-game win streak after an 88-80 win over Villanova last time out. Souley Boum leads the Musketeers in scoring with 17.2 PPG along with 4.3 RPG and 4.7 APG while Colby Jones has 14.1 PPG with 5.1 RPG and a team-high 5.7 APG to lead the Musketeers in the assist department this season. Jack Nunge has 14.7 PPG with 7.7 RPG while Zach Freemantle has 15.3 PPG with a team-high 8 RPG and Adam Kunkel has 10.2 PPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Xavier up to this point in the season. As a team, Xavier is averaging 84.1 PPG on 51% shooting from the field, 40.8% from three and 73.1% from the foul line this season.
Creighton is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the under is 7-1-2 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record. Xavier is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 19-7-2 in their last 28 home games.
I get the case to be made for Creighton here as this Creighton team is still solid, but Xavier is the best team in the Big East right now in the standings, and the Musketeers are playing some of their best basketball of the entire season. I just don’t see Creighton being able to step in front of the Musketeers here so give me Xavier laying the points.