NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Redbirds underdogs vs Bluejays at Creighton
Illinois State Redbirds vs Creighton Bluejays Odds
Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Illinois State when they take on the Creighton Bluejays on Saturday in college hoops betting action.
The Bluejays are 20-4 so far on the season, and 13-9 ATS vs. the number. The Redbirds, meanwhile, are 14-10 and 10-11 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Creighton go 7-13 and the Redbirds go 9-10 on the totals.
Bettors looking to side with Creighton in this one found them as 9.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bluejays at No. 31 and the Redbirds at No. 110 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 86-79 result in favor of the Bluejays.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Creighton has the nation's No. 13-rated offensive output, at 78 PPG. The visiting Redbirds defense ranks No. 226 allowing on average 68.6 PPG. The Bluejays FG% has averaged 51.7% so far, more than the Redbirds marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.4% per game.
Defensively, Illinois State features the nation's No. 263-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.6 points per game. Creighton, meanwhile, comes in at No. 16 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Illinois State, they were a 94-86 winner as they battled Drake on the road. They covered in the match as a 3.5-point favorite. Illinois State got 25 points from Tyler Brown en route to a 94-86 victory over Drake on Wednesday at Knapp Center.
Creighton lost its last outing, a 76-57 result against Indiana State on February 6. They failed to cover in that game as a 4.5-point favorite. The Bluejays got 13 points from Will Artino, but it was Indiana State that prevailed in a 76-57 final on Wednesday at Hulman Center.
Illinois State Redbirds Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Bradley are 4-6
After playing Drake are 7-3
After a win are 7-3
Creighton Bluejays Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing Northern Iowa are 6-4
After playing Indiana State are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4
A few Redbirds at Bluejays trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Illinois State's last 9 games when playing on the road against Creighton
Illinois State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Illinois State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Illinois State is 4-15 SU in its last 19 games when playing on the road against Creighton
Creighton is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Creighton is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Illinois State
Creighton is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Creighton's last 6 games
Illinois State home to Bradley, Wednesday, February 13
Creighton at Northern Iowa, Wednesday, February 13