Planning on watching today’s Musketeers and Bluejays game? Catch the action at CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, NE, as the Bluejays hosts this showdown at 8:30 ET on FS1. This Big East conference matchup has an over/under of 148.5 points, and the Bluejays are favored to win at home vs. the Musketeers.
XAVIER MUSKETEERS VS CREIGHTON BLUEJAYS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Xavier Musketeers +8.5
This game will be played at CHI Health Center Omaha at 8:30 ET on Tuesday, January 23rd.
WHY BET THE XAVIER MUSKETEERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Bluejays.
- Even though we have Creighton winning straight-up, we like Xavier at +8.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 148.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.
No Pressure for Xavier as Away Dogs
As the underdog, Xavier has gone 2-5 this season. They also come into this game with a 10-8 record. Over their last 10 games, they have gone 4-6 on the road.
So far this season, Xavier has gone 2-4 on the road, compared to their 8-4 record at home. In their last game, they beat Georgetown by a score of 92-91.
As the underdog this season, Xavier has been solid vs. the spread, going 5-1-1. On the road, the Musketeers are 4-2 vs. the spread this year and 6-4 in their last 10 road games. In their last three games as the underdog, Xavier is 2-0-1 vs. the spread.
This season, the over/under record for Xavier is 9-9 and the average point total in their games is 147.7. So far, nine of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 148.5. The average scoring total in their last three games is 162 and their over/under record in their last 10 games is 6-4.
Xavier is coming off a good offensive performance, putting up 92 points vs. Georgetown. This figure is more than their season average of 76.7 points per game. In terms of three-point shooting, the Musketeers offense has been good from outside, hitting 35% of their three-pointers on an average of 20.1 attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 44%.
On defense, Xavier is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 70.9 points per game. The Xavier defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 91 points and allowed Georgetown to connect on 8 threes.
Is a Home Win Possible for the Bluejays?
Creighton enters this game as 8.5-point favorites, and they have been the favorite in 17 of their 19 games this season. So far, they have gone 14-3 when favored, including a 8-2 record at home.
Most recently, the Bluejays defeated Seton Hall by a score of 97-94, and they have won two straight games. Over their last ten games at home, Creighton has gone 8-2.
Creighton’s ATS mark this season is 10-9, including a home ATS record of 4-6. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bluejays have gone 5-5 vs. the spread.
This season, the over/under record for Creighton is 7-12 and today’s over/under line of 148.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (149.1). So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 143 points compared to their season average of 146.1 points per game.
Creighton is coming off a good offensive performance, putting up 97 points vs. Seton Hall. This figure is more than their season average of 79.2 points per game. The top scorer for the Bluejays was Ryan Kalkbrenner with 28 points, while Trey Alexander also added 23 to the scoreboard.
In the current season, the Creighton defense has excelled, sitting 67th in the nation by allowing 66.9 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Creighton’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.6% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 30.7% this season.