The Big East takes center stage with a loaded slate of games Monday and none is bigger than the Creighton Bluejays taking on the Xavier Musketeers. Though the series has been competitive on the court, Creighton has been the bet to make with the Jays covering in the past five between the two programs.
Ever since losing to Villanova, Creighton has been on fire, 4-0 SU and 3-0 ATS (no spread listed for its game against Truman State) while outscoring opponents by an average of 17.5 ppg. The Jays shot an absurd 53.6 percent from the floor during those four games, which brought their nation-high average to 53.7. Freshman big man Justin Patton has been the star of the team with the youngster averaging 17.4 points while shooting 69.2 percent in the past seven.
Xavier looks to salvage a win to end one of the toughest stretches any team has faced in recent memory. The Musketeers dropped their past two games against Villanova and Butler, both of which were on the road. Those games saw Xavier struggle to close, as they were outscored by a combined 40 points in the second half. The Musketeers will need some more production from Trevon Bluiett. The junior has shot just 20 percent from the floor and has more turnovers than buckets in the past four.
Sportsbook Odds & Computer Pick
College basketball betting odds makers at Sportsbook opened the Xavier Musketeers as -2-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over/under total line at sportsbooks such as Sportsbook.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Xavier Musketeers bring a 13-4 record (9-7 ATS) to this tilt against the 17-1 Bluejays, who are 12-3-1 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have witnessed Xavier go 9-7 so far and the Creighton Bluejays go 7-9.
According to new college basketball power rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 6-ranked Xavier Musketeers and the No. 31-rated Creighton Bluejays in this matchup.
Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Creighton is ranked No. 173 in NCAA basketball at 35.83 per game. Contrast that with Xavier's No. 65 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Xavier is the No. 163-ranked team in the country at 7.06 per game, while Creighton rates No. 46 at 8.89 per game.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Bluejays blew out Truman State on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 101-69 win at CenturyLink Center.
Xavier got 22 points from Edmond Sumner but lost anyway, 83-78, to Butler on Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Next Betting Matchups
Creighton home to Marquette, Saturday, January 21st
Xavier at Georgetown University, Sunday, January 22nd