Creighton Bluejays (10-2) at Seton Hall Pirates (11-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 28, 2017, 6:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Seton Hall Pirates -3.5 -- Over/Under:
The 25th ranked Creighton Bluejays will travel to the Prudential Center to take on the 23rd ranked Seton Hall Pirates this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The 25th ranked Creighton Bluejays won their 5th straight game and improved to 10-2 on the season after defeating the South Carolina Upstate Spartans, 116-62, this past Wednesday. Creighton had little issue taking care of business against the Spartans and easily secured the victory after taking a 58-24 halftime lead. Creighton shot 64.6% from the field and 55.9% (19-34) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bluejays was Marcus Foster who had 16 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Creighton is averaging 92.3 ppg on 52.1% shooting from the field. The Bluejays are averaging 11.2 three-pointers per game on 39.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Creighton has been led by Marcus Foster (19.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Khyri Thomas (15.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.4 spg), Martin Krampelj (11.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Mitch Ballock (9.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.6 apg). Defensively, Creighton is allowing their opponents to average 71.6 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Bluejays have a rebound margin of 7.6 and a turnover margin of 0.8.
The 23rd ranked Seton Hall Pirates won their 2nd straight game and improved to 11-2 on the season after defeating the Manhattan Jaspers, 74-62, this past Saturday. Seton Hall was outstanding on the offensive end in the 1st half and led by double-digits throughout the 2nd half after taking a 49-27 halftime lead. Seton Hall shot 44.4% from the field and forced Manhattan to commit 21 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Pirates was Angel Delgado who had a double-double with 15 points, 18 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, Seton Hall is averaging 80.5 ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field. The Pirates are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Seton Hall has been led by Desi Rodriguez (17.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.1 apg), Myles Powell (14.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Angel Delgado (13.5 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 2.6 apg), and Khadeen Carrington (13.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, Seton Hall is holding their opponents to an average of 67.2 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Pirates have a rebound margin of 6.6 and a turnover margin of 1.8.
The Bluejays are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Pirates are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game and 15-7 ATS in their last 22 Thursday games.
This is a great way to kick off Big East action as both Creighton and Seton Hall have been playing some great basketball this season. Creighton is one of the most explosive offensive teams in College Basketball as the Bluejays rank 5th in scoring offense, 6th in FG%, and 11th in three-pointers made per game. Seton Hall is a well-balanced and experienced team that is solid on both ends of the court as the Pirates rank t-75th in scoring offense and 78th in scoring defense. Seton Hall is a tough team at home however, as Creighton has some size to deal with Angel Delgado and an offensive that should be able to put up some points, I’m taking the Bluejays and the points in this one.