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Can Creighton Finally Beat Villanova And Claim Big East?

It’s been a roller-coaster of a season for Creighton but it has all led to the Big East finals against Villanova Saturday. If the Bluejays want to claim the conference crown they will finally need to beat a Wildcats teams they have not emerged victorious against since February 16, 2014. That is six consecutive defeats for Creighton at the hands of Villanova.

  • The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Villanova’s past 21 games.
  • Creighton is 1-5 ATS in their past 6 games against Villanova.
  • Marcus Foster is averaging 23.5 points against Villanova this season.

Creighton finds themselves in the finals thanks to Marcus Foster’s three in the closing seconds against Xavier to clinch the game, which only seems fitting considering how well the Bluejays shot the deep ball in that game. Though shots were raining down from deep, freshman Justin Patton had an amazing game down low with the big man tying a career-high 21 points while shooting 10-of-13. Patton was completely taken out of Creighton’s last game against Villanova with the Wildcats holding him to just four points and three shots.

Things got scary for Villanova in their semifinals contest against Seton Hall with the Wildcats entering halftime down seven points. Ultimately, ‘Nova took over in the second half but still needed a three-point play in the closing from Big East player of the year Josh Hart to close it out. There’s not much to say about Hart that hasn’t already been said, as the senior leads Villanova in points, rebounds and steals while sitting second in assists.

Creighton Bluejays vs Villanova Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Villanova Wildcats currently sport a 30-3 record overall in NCAA basketball action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 18-15 ATS. The Creighton Bluejays are 25-8 and 19-11-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Villanova Wildcats produce a 12-21 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Creighton Bluejays have gone 13-17-1 against the totals betting line.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 10-ranked Villanova Wildcats and the No. 109-rated Creighton Bluejays in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Villanova's No. 60 nationally ranked offense (77.79 points per game) against a Creighton Bluejays defense that sits as the No. 144 at 72.45 PPG. The Villanova Wildcats have been averaging 49.8% from the field, less than the Bluejays have managed so far this season (51.04% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Creighton earned a 75-72 victory over Xavier on Friday, getting 21 points from Marcus Foster at Madison Square Garden.

Josh Hart scored 19 points leading the Wildcats to a 55-53 victory over Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden on Friday.

Betting Trends
  • Creighton is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Creighton is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Creighton's last 6 games
  • Creighton is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Villanova
  • Villanova is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Villanova is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Villanova's last 21 games
  • Villanova is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Creighton