NCAA College Basketball Betting Preview: Creighton Blue Jays vs. Xavier Musketeers – January 13, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio
When: Saturday January 13th at 2:00 PM ET
Spread: Xavier -3.5
Quick Pick: Creighton +3.5 for 2 units
BookMaker has the Xavier Musketeers favored by 3.5 against the Creighton Jays. This will be one of the better games on Saturday as both of these teams rank in the top 25. Xavier has been one of the better teams this year and they are ranked 10th in college basketball. Creighton was one of the better mid major teams in college basketball prior to moving to the Big East in recent years and that is no different this season as they rank 25th in the country. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Creighton Jays.
Creighton Blue Jays
Creighton is 14-3 SU and 10-6 ATS. Creighton has gotten off to a good start with a 14-3 record and a 4-1 conference record and currently have an RPI of 31. Creighton has impressive wins over Northwestern and UCLA as well as close lossed to Seton Hall and Baylor. They have won 9 of their last 10 including a win against Butler earlier in the week. Marcus Foster leads the team in scoring with 323 points. Khri Thomas leads the team in assists and steals with 52 and 23 respectively.
Martin Krampelj leads the team in rebounds and blocks with 145 and 11 respectively. Creighton averages 89.88 points per game which ranks 5th in college basketball. The Jays are allowing 72 points per game which is below the 73.74 average for the rest of college basketball.
Xavier is 15-3 SU and 12-6 ATS. Xavier has been one of the more impressive teams this season in college basketball as they have a 15-3 record that includes a 3-2 conference record and an RPI of 8. They already have impressive wins over Baylor and Cincinnati, but have lost two consecutive games to Providence and Villanova.
This is a critical game for Xavier has they cannot afford to lose three games in a row and drop to 3-3 in conference play. Trevon Bluiett leads the team in scoring with 340 points. Quentin Goodin leads the team in assists with 98. Tyrique Jones leads the team in rebounds with 103. J.P. Macura leads the team in steals with 27. Sean O’Mara leads the team in blocks with 14. Xavier is averaging 84.5 points per game which ranks 23rd in college basketball. The Musketeers are allowing 73.11 points per game which is below the 73.74 average for the rest of college basketball.
Creighton gets the win on the road
Both of these two teams should be tournament teams in March. Xavier is in a slump however whereas Creighton is playing with a lot of momentum and have been one of the hotter teams recently in college basketball. Creighton has the better defense and the better offense statistically and I think that trend continues in the matchup. Which is why they are the pick in this game. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.
Pick: Creighton +3.5 for 2 units