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Creighton Bluejays vs Central Florida Knights CBI Preview

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March 23, 8:05 PM | Qwest Center

Central Florida Knights vs Creighton Bluejays Odds

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In an unlikely CBI Tournament semifinal, the UCF Knights face the Creighton Bluejays in the season finale for both squads.

The winner will advance to a best of three final to decide the CBI champ for 2011. Creighton is favored by 4 points at most shops, including Bovada which is still offering its generous 50% signup offer this week.

View Central Florida vs Creighton Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bluejays - Knights odds would favor the Knights if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Creighton is rated No. 134 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Central Florida is at No. 63. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 73-70 win for the Knights.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Knights is ranked No. 152 in NCAA hoops at 35.3 per game. Contrast that with Creighton’s No. 162 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Creighton is the No. 85-ranked team in the country at 7.1 per game, while Central Florida rates No. 183 at 6 per game.

Defensively, Central Florida features the nation's No. 195-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.1 points per game. Creighton, meanwhile, comes in at No. 169 nationally in scoring at home.

Central Florida was a 66-54 winner in its last match at home against Rhode Island. They covered the 6–point spread as favorites. Keith Clanton scored 16 points leading the Knights to a 66-54 victory over Rhode Island at UCF Arena on Monday.

Last time out for Creighton, they were a 102-92 winner as they battled Davidson at home. They covered in the match as a 7.5-point favorite. Doug McDermott poured in a team-high 31 points for Creighton on Monday, as they defeated Davidson 102-92 at Qwest Center.