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Creighton vs. Butler - 1/25/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Butler at Creighton
Date & Time Friday January 25, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
CHI Health Center Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska
The Line
The Line: Creighton -1.5 -- Over/Under: 155.5
TV Channel
FS1
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The Butler Bulldogs and Creighton Bluejays meet Friday in college basketball action at the CHI Health Center Omaha.

The Butler Bulldogs look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Butler Bulldogs are averaging 74.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 67.9 points on 44 percent shooting. Kamar Baldwin is averaging 17.4 points and 5.6 rebounds while Paul Jorgensen is averaging 11.8 points and 1.8 assists. Sean McDermott is the third double-digit scorer and Joey Brunk is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Butler Bulldogs are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74 percent from the free throw line. The Butler Bulldogs are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30 rebounds per game. The Butler Bulldogs have lost four of their last five road games.

The Creighton Bluejays could also use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Creighton Bluejays are averaging 82.4 points on 49.7 percent shooting and allowing 79.1 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Ty-Shon Alexander is averaging 17.5 points and 2.9 assists while Martin Krampelj is averaging 11.1 points and 6.3 rebounds. Mitch Ballock is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Zegarowski is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Creighton Bluejays are shooting 41.8 percent from beyond the arc and 67.4 percent from the free throw line. The Creighton Bluejays are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.1 rebounds per game. The Creighton Bluejays have split their last six home games.

The Bulldogs are 8-17 ATS in their last 25 road games. The Bluejays are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big East, 7-18 ATS in their last 25 games following a ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulldogs are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Creighton and the favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Bluejays last 5 overall. The over is 7-0 in Bulldogs last 7 overall.

The Butler Bulldogs just beat the Creighton Bluejays by 15 points a couple of weeks ago and has won five of the last nine meetings overall. Neither of these teams have been the most consistent in the world and Creighton has been getting blasted on the defensive end as of late. The difference is the Butler Bulldogs have lost four of their last five on the road and are losing those games by an average of six points while shooting just 40.7 percent from the field. The Creighton Bluejays have had some hiccups here and there, but they're still shooting 50.7 percent from the field and winning by an average of 7.3 points at home. Creighton has enough offensive firepower to blow past Butler on its home court. I'll lay the bucket in this near toss-up game.

Pick:
Creighton -1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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