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College Basketball Matchup - Creighton Bluejays Northwestern Wildcats Odds Preview

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Dec 22, 8:05 PM | Qwest Center

Northwestern Wildcats vs Creighton Bluejays Odds


Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Northwestern when they take on the Bluejays on Thursday in college hoops betting action.

The Bluejays sport records of 9-1 and 5-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Wildcats have 10-1 and 3-3 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 4-1-1 for the Bluejays and 5-1 for the Wildcats.

View Northwestern vs Creighton Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 7-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Bluejays rated this week at No. 91 and the Wildcats sitting at No. 121. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 91-83 result in favor of the Bluejays.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Creighton's No. 5-ranked offense, averaging 86 PPG, against a Wildcats defense that ranks No. 100 at 63.4 PPG. The Bluejays field goal percentage has averaged 51.6% so far, more than the Wildcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.5% per game.

Defensively, Northwestern features the nation's No. 53-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.5 points per game. Creighton, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 nationally in scoring at home.

Northwestern won its last outing, an 87-72 result against Eastern Illinois on December 18. They failed to cover in that game as a 17.5-point favorite. John Shurna went off for 32 points and added 4 rebounds for good measure, leading Northwestern to an 87-72 win over Eastern Illinois on Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Creighton was an 83-64 winner in its last match on the road against Tulsa. They covered the 3–point spread as favorites. Doug McDermott went off for 35 points and added 7 rebounds for good measure, leading Creighton to an 83-64 win over Tulsa on Monday at Reynolds Center.

Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Ohio State are 4-6
After a win are 8-2

Creighton Bluejays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Missouri State are 7-3
After playing Tulsa are 3-1
After a win are 8-2

A few Wildcats at Bluejays trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Northwestern's last 16 games on the road
Northwestern is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Creighton is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Creighton is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games

Next up:
Northwestern at Ohio State, Wednesday, December 28
Creighton home to Missouri State, Wednesday, December 28