Creighton vs. Butler, 01/11/17 - Expert Prediction
Written by: Brian Spaen
No. 12 Butler Bulldogs (14-2 SU, 10-4 ATS, 6-6-2 O/U) vs No. 8 Creighton Bluejays (15-1 SU, 11-4 ATS, 7-8 O/U)
When and Where: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 9:00 PM ET, CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE
Line: Creighton -3
Another night of Big East action means another huge game between top 25 teams. Butler will be traveling to Creighton on Wednesday night and is looking for their fourth straight victory. The Bulldogs were able to pull out a big win at Georgetown in overtime last Saturday. The Bluejays dismissed Providence on the road. Both teams are an even 3-3 all time since joining the new Big East in 2013.
Butler pulls out a huge road win
Butler kept Georgetown winless in Big East action after keeping the team pinned in overtime, 85-76. The Bulldogs outscored their opponent 17-8 in the extra period. Despite horrid shooting from the field at 39.1 percent, the team capitalized from the charity stripe making 25-of-29 free throws. Butler also had a 42-36 advantage on the glass. Junior forward Kelan Martin (17.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg) was able to squeeze out a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds despite going just 3-of-13 from the field and missing all four 3-point attempts.
Freshman guard Kamar Baldwin (8.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg) led the team in scoring with 16 points and now has reached double digits in the last two games. Nate Fowler (5.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg) and Kethan Savage (5.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg) came off the bench with 11 points each. Fowler hit all three field goals and four free throw attempts. Savage went a dismal 2-for-10 from the field, but made all six free throws.
Creighton thrives again on efficient offense
Creighton eventually pulled away from a feisty Providence team, 78-64. They were owned on the glass 42-27, but 55.9 percent shooting from the field and 19 assists on 33 field goals made carried them to the finish line. On the flipside, 3-of-19 shooting from the perimeter doomed the Friars. Creighton thrived on four of their five starters getting the bulk of the points.
Freshman center Justin Patton (14.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg) led the team in scoring with 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks. He went a solid 9-for-13 from the field and has now scored 20 or more points in the last two games. Senior guard Maurice Watson Jr. (13.2 ppg, 9.1 apg) had the unique double-double of 11 points and 14 assists — along with committing just 2 turnovers. It was his second double-double of Big East play with the first one coming in the conference opener against Seton Hall.
- The away team, and road teams are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings of this matchup
- 4-0 on the over in their last 4 road games
- 22-7 ATS in their last 29 games as a favorite
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against teams with a winning record
In a tightly contested affair like this, it’s hard to feel safe with any pick. Creighton has a big advantage on offense with 87.5 points (11th nationally) and 18.4 assists per game (7th nationally). Along with having a better field goal efficiency by nearly five percent, it’s easier to roll the dice on the home side.
Pick: Creighton -3
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