College basketball on Saturday night and we will see the Providence Friars travel to Omaha, Nebraska to take on the Creighton Bluejays. The game has a start time of 8:00 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on CBSSN. Vegas odds have the Bluejays listed as 11.5 point favorites, while the total sits at 143.5.
Analysis: Providence comes in at 20-10 overall and 10-7 in the Big East. The Friars have won 3 in a row after dropping 4 of their previous 5 games. Providence did beat Creighton at home by 13 back in January. Providence averages a modest 73.1 ppg on 425% shooting, which is 269th in the nation. They are, however, the top FT shooting team in the land, hitting 78.7% of their freebies. The offense is led by Bryce Cotton ho averages 21.7 ppg, while leading the team in assists, at 178. LaDontae Henton (13.4 ppg), Kadeem Batts (12.6 ppg) and Tyler Harris (11.8 ppg) Also average in double figures for the Friars. On defense, the Friars are slightly better than average as they have allowed just 69 ppg on 43.8% shooting for the year.
The Creighton Bluejays have had a nice first year in the Big East, as they come in at 13-4 in conference pay and 23-6 overall. they are also a perfect 15-0 at home and have outscored their foes by 18.6 ppg on this floor. Offense is the name of the game for the Friars as they come in averaging 79.6 ppg (22nd) on 49.2% shooting overall (9th) and 41.9% from long range, which is top in the nation. The offense is led by player of the year, Doug McDemott, who averages 25.9 ppg, while also leading the team in rebounding at 7.2 boards per game. Ethan Wragge is the teams best long range threat, hitting 48.2% of his shots from downtown, while ranking 2nd on the team in scoring at 10.9 ppg. Defensively this is a solid unit, that allows just 67.1 ppg on 42.0% shooting.
Pick: I will go with Bluejays here as they have been very dominant at home and have revenge for a 13 point loss at Providence earlier in the year. I look for the get revenge vs a providence team that is off a tough OT win over Marquette. Bad spot all around here for the Friars as they loos this one BIG.
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