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Providence vs Creighton Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds

Friars vs Bluejays Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Providence Friars at Creighton Bluejays
  • Where: Omaha at CHI Health Center Omaha
  • Date: Saturday, January 14th
  • Betting Odds: Providence +7, PROV +239 | CREIGH -308 O/U 146.5

Friars Preview:

The Providence Friars will be looking to pick up their 18th win of the season and are in the middle of a 9 game win streak. So far, the Friars have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 4-2. For the season, Providence has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 3-3. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Friars being +7 point underdogs.

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Bryce Hopkins comes into today’s game as the Friars’ leading scorer at 16.0 points per contest. Not only has Hopkins been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Providence’s top rebounder at 9.06 boards per contest. Behind Hopkins, the team has benefited from the strong play of Devin Carter, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.18 points per game. Overall, he has hit 46.6% of his shots and is adding 4.29 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Providence this season, as they are currently ranked 179th in college basketball at 71.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Friars’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.3%, placing them 225th in the NCAA.

Bluejays Preview:

Coming into today’s matchup, the Creighton Bluejays are in the middle of a 2 game losing streak and have an overall record of 9-8. Currently, the Bluejays have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 7-2. The Bluejays’ are sitting with a betting line that is -7 points in their favor. For the season, Creighton has been favored to win in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 9-3.

Creighton will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Baylor Scheierman who is averaging 13.06 points per game for the Bluejays. Scheierman is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Bluejays’ offensive game plan is the play of Trey Alexander who has hit 44.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.76 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Creighton this season, as they are currently ranked 262nd in college basketball at 69.0 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Bluejays’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.7%, placing them 436th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Providence Friars +7

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Creighton as the favorites with a line coming in at -7. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Providence Friars to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Creighton at 6.7 made 3’s per game compared to Providence at 7.3. Look for Providence to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Bluejays.

 


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