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Missouri Valley Tournament - Drake Bulldogs visit Creighton Bluejays in college basketball clash

Drake BulldogsCreighton Bluejays
March 8, 1:05 PM | Scottrade Center

Drake Bulldogs vs Creighton Bluejays Odds

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College hoops betting interest focuses on the Creighton vs Drake battle Friday at Scottrade Center as the Bluejays look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Missouri Valley Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Scottrade Center.

The Bulldogs will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 15-13-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Bluejays are 15-14 ATS. Drake is 17-9-2 against the total, while Creighton is 9-18 versus the number.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Bluejays, most recently No. 32 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Bulldogs, who rate No. 244 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 84-71 victory for the Bluejays.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bulldogs is ranked No. 297 in NCAA hoops at 31.7 per game. Contrast that with Creighton’s No. 171 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Creighton is the No. 6-ranked team in the country at 8.8 per game, while Drake rates No. 6 at 8.8 per game.

Defensively, Drake features the nation's No. 271-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.5 points per game. Creighton, meanwhile, comes in at No. 21 nationally in scoring at home.

Drake was an 81-66 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Bradley. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Drake earned an 81-66 victory over Bradley on Thursday, getting 16 points from Chris Hines at Scottrade Center.

In their last action, Creighton was a 91-80 winner at home against Wichita State. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites. Doug McDermott poured in a team-high 41 points for Creighton on Saturday, as they defeated Wichita State 91-80 at CenturyLink Center.