Marquette at Creighton
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 9, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
CHI Health Center Omaha
The Line: Creighton Bluejays -2.5 -- Over/Under: 157
The 21st ranked Marquette Golden Eagles will travel to the CHI Health Center Omaha to take on the Creighton Bluejays this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The 21st ranked Marquette Golden Eagles bounced back from their 20-point loss to St. John’s last week to easily defeat the Xavier Musketeers, 70-52, this past Sunday and improved to 12-3 (1-1 Big East) on the season. Marquette was outstanding on the defensive end agianst the Musketeers and had no trouble securing the victory after a 11-0 Golden Eagles run gave Marquette a 48-28 lead with 11:40 left in regulation. Marquette shot 42.9% from the field while holding Xavier to just 31.5% from the field & 7.1% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Markus Howard who had 26 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds.
On the season, Marquette is averaging 78.5 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles are averaging 9.3 three-pointers per game on 37.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Marquette has been led by Markus Howard (24.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.1 spg), Sam Hauser (13.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.1 apg), Joey Hauser (10.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Sacar Anim (7.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg).
Defensively, Marquette is holding their opponents to an average of 66.7 ppg on 39.2% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles have a rebound margin of 8.2 and a turnover margin of -1.9.
The Creighton Bluejays had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 10-5 (1-1 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the Butler Bulldogs, 84-69, this past Saturday. Butler used an early 11-0 run to take a 19-7 lead out of the gates and Creighton couldn’t fight back after they entered halftime trailing by a 48-29 margin. Creighton shot just 25.9% from beyond the arc, while allowing Butler to shoot 50.8% from the field & 36.7% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bluejays was Martin Krampelj who had 16 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.
On the season, Creighton is averaging 83.7 ppg on 51.6% shooting from the field. The Blue Jays are averaging 11.7 three-pointers per game on 43.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Creighton has been led by Ty-Shon Alexander (16.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.0 apg), Mitch Ballock (10.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.5 apg), Marcus Zegarowski (10.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.8 apg), and Martin Krampelj (10.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg).
Defensively, Creighton is allowing their opponents to average 74.6 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Bluejays have a rebound margin of 2.5 and a turnover margin of -0.4.
The Golden Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall, however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Bluejays are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Outside of their blowout losses at Indiana & St. John’s, Marquette has been outstanding this season on both sides of the ball as they rank 80th in scoring offense, T-74th in scoring defense, & 29th in defensive FG%. Creighton has had an up and down season however, was very competitive in their losses agianst Ohio State & Gonzaga this season. The Bluejays can give up some points as they rank just 251st in scoring defense, however, they are one of the better scoring teams in the country as they rank 24th in scoring offense, 4th in FG%, & 3rd in 3P-FG%.
This is the best Marquette team that Steve Wojciechowski has had under this direction at Marquette as the Golden Eagles are still explosive on the offensive end and for the most part, been really solid on the defensive end. At the same time, Marquette is just 1-3 in road/neutral court games this season with 20+ point losses in two of those games. Creighton is a tough team at home and as we saw a strong offensive team in the St. John’s Red Storm have no trouble with the Marquette defense recently, I think the Bluejays offensive will have success in this match-up and that Creighton does enough to cover this small home spread.