It will be a contest between two great offenses when the Creighton Bluejays (18-6, 8-4 Big East) square off against the fifth-ranked Xavier Musketeers (22-3, 10-2 Big East) at CenturyLink Center Omaha. The game gets underway at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
Xavier Musketeers vs. Creighton Bluejays ATS Odds
Both teams were triumphant in their last game. The Bluejays barely escaped the DePaul Blue Demons 76-75, while the Musketeers beat the Butler Bulldogs 98-93.
Xavier played a nearly perfect game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.444 (above their season average of 0.316) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 16.0 (below their season average of 30.1). Butler recorded marks of 0.210 and 10.3, respectively, for those same stats. Meanwhile, Creighton’s 0.581 effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over DePaul, who had a mark of 0.525. The Bluejays’ mark was below their season average of 0.587. Marcus Foster fueled Creighton with 29 points. Meanwhile, Xavier was led by Trevon Bluiett, who recorded 26 points and five rebounds.
This contest figures to be a shootout as two of the nation’s top offenses face off. Creighton ranks 19th with 116.5 points per 100 possessions and Xavier is 11th (118.0). Additionally, the Musketeers rank fourth in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.321), while the Bluejays rank 23rd in opponents’ FTA rate (0.182).
Foster has taken his game to another level as of late for Creighton, averaging 23.8 points and 1.4 steals over the last five games.
In their first matchup this season, Bluiett led the Musketeers to a 92-70 win. He was the game’s leading scorer with 24 points. The Musketeers’ turnover percentage was their largest strength over the Bluejays. Xavier had a rate of 12.2, while Creighton posted a mark of 23.4.
Xavier Musketeers vs. Creighton Bluejays Odds Pick
Prediction: SU Winner – Creighton, ATS Winner – Creighton, O/U – Under
Creighton ranks 19th in three pointers attempted per game (27.4) while Xavier ranks 274th in three pointers allowed per game (26.0).
The Bluejays average 18.2 assists per game, which ranks seventh in the nation. The Musketeers rank 182nd in assists allowed per game (14.2).
Xavier ranks 35th in rebounds allowed per game (31.6) while Creighton ranks 132nd (34.3).
The Musketeers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.6, down from 11.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bluejays have scored an average of 75.6 points per game (10.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 79.6 points per game (5.6 above their season average).