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Xavier vs. Creighton - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Creighton Bluejays (14-3) at Xavier Musketeers (15-3)
Date & Time Saturday January 13, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST)
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The Line: Xavier Musketeers -4 -- Over/Under:
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NCAA BB | Creighton Bluejays (14-3) at Xavier Musketeers (15-3)

The Creighton Bluejays and Xavier Musketeers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Cintas Center.

The Creighton Bluejays look for another win after winning eight of their last nine games. The Creighton Bluejays are averaging 89.9 points on 51.5 percent shooting and allowing 72 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Marcus Foster is averaging 19 points and three assists while Khyri Thomas is averaging 14.9 points and 4.2 rebounds. Martin Krampelj is the third double-digit scorer and Toby Hegner is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Creighton Bluejays are shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Creighton Bluejays are allowing 29.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.8 rebounds per game. The Creighton Bluejays have split their last four road games.

The Xavier Musketeers need a win here to snap a string of back-to-back losses. The Xavier Musketeers are averaging 84.5 points on 50 percent shooting and allowing 73.1 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Trevon Bluiett is averaging 18.9 points and 5.6 rebounds while J.P. Macura is averaging 12.6 points and 3.1 assists. Kerem Kanter is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and Quentin Goodin is dishing 5.4 assists. The Xavier Musketeers are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Xavier Musketeers are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.1 rebounds per game. The Xavier Musketeers have won 11 straight home games.

The Bluejays are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. The Musketeers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games, 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games following a ATS loss and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Bluejays are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings, the underdog is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

The Creighton Bluejays are an explosive offensive team that hasn't been held under 70 points since November 21, but there has been some hiccups on the road this season. The Xavier Musketeers need a victory after back to back road losses, and they haven't lost at home since March of last year. I trust the Xavier Musketeers more on the defensive end in this spot, and those few stops they're capable of getting will be the difference in this offensive shootout. I'll lay the buckest with the Musketeers at home.

Xavier Musketeers -4

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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