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Creighton Bluejays host Providence Friars in college basketball action

Providence FriarsCreighton Bluejays
20-10March 08, 2014, 08:00 | CenturyLink Center23-6

The visiting Providence Friars hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at CenturyLink Center against the Creighton Bluejays.

Creighton battles the Friars, currently sitting with a 20-10 mark (15-13-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 11-16 for the Bluejays and 17-12 for the Friars.

View Providence Friars vs Creighton Bluejays Odds and Stats.

Creighton opened as -12.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

This game puts the Bluejays, most recently No. 47 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Friars, who rate No. 110 in the latest survey.

In their last action, Providence was an 81-80 winner at home against Marquette. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites. The Friars got a terrific 25-point effort from Bryce Cotton as Providence defeated Marquette 81-80 on Tuesday at Dunkin Donuts Center.

Last time out for Creighton, they were a 75-63 loser as they battled Georgetown on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point favorite. Creighton got 22 points and 12 rebounds from Doug McDermott in a losing cause in their 75-63 loss to Georgetown on Tuesday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Creighton's No. 17 nationally ranked offense (79.62 points per game) against a Friars defense that sits as the No. 116 at 69 PPG. The Bluejays have been averaging 49.13% from the field, more than the Friars have managed so far this season (42.46% on average).

A few Friars at Bluejays trends to consider:
Providence is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Providence is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Providence's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Providence's last 5 games on the road
Creighton is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
Creighton is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Creighton's last 10 games
Creighton is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games at home