Creighton Bluejays take on Purple Aces in NCAA basketball test

Creighton BluejaysEvansville Purple Aces
Feb 16, 3:00 PM | Ford Center

Creighton Bluejays vs Evansville Purple Aces Odds

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The Evansville Purple Aces will be trying to slam the Creighton Bluejays on Saturday when the teams tip off at Ford Center in college betting action.

The Bluejays will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 13-11 ATS against the number this season, while the Purple Aces are 12-10-1 ATS. Creighton is 7-15 on the totals; Evansville is 11-7-1.

View Creighton vs Evansville Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Bluejays were listed as 5.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 184-ranked Purple Aces and the No. 33-rated Bluejays in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 82-71 win for the Bluejays on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Evansville's No. 159-ranked scoring average of 68 PPG, against a Bluejays defense rated No. 109 and allowing 63.7 PPG. The Purple Aces FG% has averaged 43.4% to date this season, less than the Bluejays shooters have managed so far (50.7% per game).

Defensively, Creighton features the nation's No. 53-rated defense on the road, allowing 63.3 points per game. Evansville, meanwhile, comes in at No. 144 nationally in scoring at home.

Creighton lost its last outing, a 61-54 result against Northern Iowa on February 13. They failed to cover in that game as a 2-point favorite. Doug McDermott scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Bluejays to a win (they lost 61-54 to Northern Iowa at McLeod Center on Wednesday).

Evansville lost its last outing, a 65-56 result against Southern Illinois on February 13. They failed to cover in that game as a 1.5-point favorite. Evansville suffered a 65-56 loss against Southern Illinois on Wednesday, getting 21 points from Colt Ryan in a losing effort at SIU Arena.

Creighton Bluejays Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Southern Illinois are 5-5
After playing Northern Iowa are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

Evansville Purple Aces Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Illinois State are 5-5
After playing Southern Illinois are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

A few Bluejays at Purple Aces trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Creighton's last 5 games on the road
Creighton is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Evansville
Creighton is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Creighton's last 6 games when playing on the road against Evansville
Evansville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Evansville's last 10 games when playing Creighton
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Evansville's last 6 games when playing at home against Creighton
Evansville is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Creighton home to Southern Illinois, Tuesday, February 19
Evansville home to Illinois State, Wednesday, February 20