The Princeton Tigers and Creighton Bluejays meet Friday in the college basketball NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 at the KFC Yum! Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Princeton Tigers are averaging 76 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 68.6 points on 42 percent shooting. Tosan Evbuomwan is averaging 14.8 points and 6.3 rebounds, while Ryan Langborg is averaging 12.3 points and 3.1 rebounds. Matt Allocco is the third double-digit scorer and Caden Pierce is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Princeton Tigers are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. The Princeton Tigers are allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.9 rebounds per game.
The Creighton Bluejays are averaging 76.8 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 67.9 points on 42 percent shooting. Ryan Kalkbrenner is averaging 15.9 points and 6.1 rebounds, while Trey Alexander is averaging 13.5 points and 4.1 rebounds. Baylor Scheierman is the third double-digit scorer and Arthur Kaluma is grabbing 6 rebounds. The Creighton Bluejays are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Creighton Bluejays are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game.
The Creighton Bluejays are the better, more talented team and should be favored and should advance. Creighton has great balance, experience, and was considered a title contender before the season started. This run should surprise nobody. With that said, Princeton continues to win and cover numbers despite not getting much national attention. In fact, since January 7, Princeton is 6-1 SU and ATS in the underdog role. That's putting money in your pockets, folks. I'll ride the trend of the team that loves being underdogs. Give me Princeton.