Everything went according to plan in this year’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament so today the No.1 Creighton Bluejays will square off against the No. 2 Wichita State Shockers for the title and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
These two split their two meetings this season with each team winning at home.
After beating Drake 65-53 as an 11.5-point favorite, Creighton cruised past Indiana State 64-43 as an 8.5-point favorite to advance to the title game.
The Shockers could not cover a 13-point spread in a 69-59 win over Missouri State but hammered Illinois State by 15 points as 2.5-point favorites.
Supporters of the Shockers have watched them go 26-7 and 16-13-1 ATS on the year, while the Bluejays are at 26-7 and 16-14-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Bluejays are 9-20, while the Shockers have a 13-16 mark. Watch for opening lines on this game at 5Dimes.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 35-rated Wichita State taking on the No. 32-rated Bluejays in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 80-76 win for the Bluejays on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Creighton's No. 160-rated squad against Wichita State's No. 30-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Creighton rates No. 7 in the country with 8.7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 124 nationally with 6.6 per match.
Defensively, Wichita State features the nation's No. 64-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.8 points per game. Creighton, meanwhile, comes in at No. 30 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Wichita State was a 66-51 winner at home against Illinois State. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites. The Shockers grabbed a 66-51 win over the Redbirds on Saturday, behind a 16-point effort from Carl Hall at Scottrade Center.
Creighton won its last outing, a 64-43 result against Indiana State on March 9. They covered in that game as an 8.5-point favorite. The Bluejays blew out Indiana State on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 64-43 win at Scottrade Center.