Creighton Blue Jays vs Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Free NCAA Basketball Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 3/19/2014
March 21, 2014 at 3:10 pm TRU TV
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Opening Lines & Odds - Creighton -14 -- Over/Under: 154.5
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One of the finest offenses and offensive players will be on display as the #3 seed Creighton Blue Jays take on the University of Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns to open up tournament play on Friday at 3:10 on Tru TV. Oddsmakers are convinced that Creighton is legitimate in this 2014 opening round contest as they've listed the Blue Jays as 14 point favorites.
All eyes will be on Doug McDermott for the 26-7 Blue Jays. The son of Creighton's coach has posted one of the most impressive scoring careers in NCAA history on his way to a likely Wooden Award. McDermott averages 26.9 points per game to go along with 7 rebounds a game. What's really impressive is the variety of ways McDermott can score. Whether it's on the post, driving to the lane, or from beyond the arc where he hits almost 50% of three point attempts, McDermott is extremely skilled. Creighton was able to win 11 of 14 games down the stretch including two wins over Villanova.
The Ragin Cajuns (23-11) got hot at the right time to punch their ticket to the dance, winning the Big Sky Tournament despite finishing third in the conference. ULL is making their first tourney appearance since 2005 but they've failed to get out of the first round in their last 4 showings. ULL's 3 conference tournament victories were by a combined 8 points including back to back 1 point affairs which has them familiar with postseason pressure. Elfrid Payton and Shawn Long represent a two man wrecking crew for ULL leading every major stat category between themselves.
Creighton is 18-13-0 ATS this season
Creighton is 12-16-0 against the over/under this season
Louisiana Lafayette is 14-14-0 ATS this season
Louisiana Lafayette is 10-14-1 against the over/under this season
Injuries to Watch
03/01/14 G Isaiah Zierden Knee out indefinitely
No key injuries to report
Guy's Pick: Take Creighton
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