Big East foes will battle when the No. 25 Creighton Bluejays (13-5, 2-3 Big East) take on the Providence Friars (11-7, 4-1 Big East) at the CHI Health Center Omaha. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
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The last time the Friars played, they beat the St. John’s Red Storm, 63-58. Alpha Diallo was the top scorer from either team with 19 points on 7-for-15 shooting. The Friars made 17 of their 24 free throws (70.8 percent) and held the Red Storm to an offensive rebounding percentage of 18.4 (below their season average of 33.3).
The Bluejays are trying to rebound after their 83-80 loss to the Georgetown Hoyas in their last outing. Marcus Zegarowski was Creighton’s high scorer with 20 points on 6-for-15 shooting. Georgetown did an excellent job of making free throws (16-20; 80.0 percent). Creighton, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (12.3 vs. 16.9).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Bluejays won both matchups played against each other last season. In the last contest, Creighton won 76-70. The Bluejays played a nearly perfect game. They had a turnover percentage of 15.2 and a free throw rate of 0.203. The Friars put up marks of 20.2 and 0.161, respectively, for those same stats.
Ball protection could play a significant role in this showdown. Creighton commits the ninth-fewest miscues in the NCAA (turnover percentage of 15.4 percent), while the disruptive defense of Providence forces the 47th-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 23.1 percent).
Providence vs. Creighton Odds Prediction
Free Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Creighton, ATS Winner – Providence, O/U – Over
The Friars average 22.1 three pointers per game, which ranks 137th in the nation. The Bluejays rank 202nd in three pointers allowed per game (23.8).
Providence blocks 3.9 opponent shots per game, which is ranked 67th in the country. Creighton ranks 78th in blocks allowed per game (3.2).
Providence averages 39.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 50th in the country. Creighton ranks 198th in rebounds allowed per game (36.9).
The Bluejays rank seventh in steals allowed per game (4.5) while the Friars rank 149th (7.1).
Providence ranks 30th in assists per game (15.9) while Creighton ranks 114th in assists allowed per game (12.2).
The Bluejays’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.4, down from 8.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Friars have scored an average of 68.8 points per game (2.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.6 points per game (0.7 above their season average).