Evansville Purple Aces vs Creighton Bluejays Odds
The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Creighton and Evansville on Saturday, with the host Bluejays trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
The Purple Aces will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 6-2-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Bluejays are 8-2 ATS. Evansville is 5-0 on the totals; Creighton is 2-6.
Bettors looking to go with the Bluejays in this one found them listed as 14.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Purple Aces was expected to move the line.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bluejays - Purple Aces odds would favor the Bluejays if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Creighton is rated No. 16 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Evansville is at No. 157. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 86-75 win for the Bluejays.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Purple Aces is ranked No. 266 in NCAA hoops at 32.6 per game. Contrast that with Creighton’s No. 175 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Creighton is the No. 10-ranked team in the country at 8.9 per game, while Evansville rates No. 172 at 6.2 per game.
Defensively, Evansville features the nation's No. 91-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.5 points per game. Creighton, meanwhile, comes in at No. 45 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Evansville, they were a 75-67 loser as they battled Butler on the road. They covered in the match as a 11-point underdog. Colt Ryan went off for 25 points and added 5 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Butler handed Evansville a 75-67 defeat at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
In their last action, Creighton was a 71-54 winner at home against Tulsa. They failed to cover the 20-point spread as favorites. Creighton got 21 points from Avery Dingman en route to a 71-54 victory over Tulsa on Wednesday at CenturyLink Center.
Evansville Purple Aces Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Missouri State are 5-5
After playing Butler are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3
Creighton Bluejays Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Illinois State are 10-0
After playing Tulsa are 4-1
After a win are 9-1
A few Purple Aces at Bluejays trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Evansville's last 5 games when playing on the road against Creighton
Evansville is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Evansville is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Creighton
Creighton is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Creighton is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Evansville
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Creighton's last 5 games when playing at home against Evansville
Creighton is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games at home
Evansville home to Missouri State, Wednesday, January 2
Creighton at Illinois State, Wednesday, January 2