Creighton Bluejays (6-2) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 8, 2018, 6:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -7 -- Over/Under: 151
The Creighton Bluejays and the Nebraska Cornhuskers meet in college basketball action from the Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday evening.
The Creighton Bluejays come into this one looking to rebound from a 103-92 loss to Gonzaga in their last outing. Ty-Shon Alexander led the Bluejays with 27 points on 11 of 22 shooting with 5 threes and a team-high 5 assists while Damien Jefferson added 15 points with a team-high 9 rebounds as well in the winning effort for the Bluejays. Martin Krampelj added 10 points with 6 boards to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Creighton in the losing effort. Alexander leads Creighton in scoring this season with an average of 19.4 points per game while Jefferson leads Creighton on the glass with 5.6 rebounds per game and Mitch Ballock is the Bluejays’ leading assist man with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Creighton is averaging 84.6 points per game on 52.5% shooting from the field, 45.5% from behind the arc and 66.9% from the foul line this season.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers will also be looking for a bounce back performance after an 85-78 loss to Minnesota in their last outing. Isaac Copeland Jr. led the Huskers with 17 points on 7 of 15 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 7 rebounds while Isaiah Roby added 15 points with a pair of steals and 3 blocks. Glynn Watson Jr. added 14 points and James Palmer Jr. added 11 points with each contributing a team-high 4 assists to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for Nebraska in the losing effort. Palmer Jr. leads Nebraska in scoring with an average of 17.4 points per game while Copeland Jr. leads the Cornhuskers on the glass with 6 rebounds per game and Watson Jr. leads Nebraska in assists with 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Nebraska is averaging 78.2 points per game on 47.6% shooting from the field, 33.5% from behind the arc and 71.4% from the foul line this season.
Creighton is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games against the Big Ten while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. Nebraska is 24-6-1 ATS in their last 31 games overall and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 home games while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games following a loss. Creighton is 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Nebraska.
Nebraska has been near money for us bettors dating back to last season, however that loss to Minnesota did a number on my confidence after Nebraska looked for a long stretch like they should’ve had that game won before the Gophers stormed back. A loss to Gonzaga is nothing to sneeze at for Creighton, and the Bluejays are still one of the more proficient offenses in the country and when it comes down to it, the Bluejays have owned this matchup ATS, so I’ll take a shot with Creighton and the points here.