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Xavier vs Creighton Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 28th Betting Odds
Musketeers vs Bluejays Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Xavier Musketeers at Creighton Bluejays
- Where: Omaha at CHI Health Center Omaha
- Date: Saturday, January 28th
- Betting Odds: Xavier +5.5, XAV +179 | CREIGH -224 O/U 156.5
Xavier heads into this matchup having played 21 games and have an overall record sitting at 17-4. So far, the Musketeers have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 5-2. For the season, Xavier has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 3-3. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Musketeers being +5.5 point underdogs.
Xavier will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Souley Boum who is averaging 16.76 points per game for the Musketeers. Boum 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 Musketeers’ offensive game plan is the play of Zach Freemantle who has hit 57.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.1 points per game.
On offense, Xavier is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.9 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 21 games, they have only hit 32.5% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 35.68% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Xavier, the Creighton Bluejays will be taking the floor for the 21st time this season and have an overall record of 12-8. So far this season, Creighton has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 9-2. The Bluejays’ are sitting with a betting line that is -5.5 points in their favor. For the season, Creighton has been favored to win in 15 games, sitting with a mark of 12-3.
Creighton will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Baylor Scheierman who is averaging 13.5 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 44.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.0 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: Creighton Bluejays -5.5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Creighton Bluejays to pick up the win and cover the spread as -5.5 point betting favorites. Although Creighton as a team is just 150th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Musketeers’ defense. In addition, the Bluejays have made bettors money who have taken them to cover at home, as they are 6-4 (last 10). At -5.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Bluejays to come out on top and cover.