Creighton Bluejays vs Connecticut Huskies Prediction, 12/20/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Creighton Bluejays vs Connecticut Huskies
Date: Sunday, December 20, 2020
Location: Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT
Odds/Point Spread: Creighton (-2)
The Creighton Bluejays (5-2) travel to Gampel Pavilion on Sunday where they'll take on the Connecticut Huskies (3-0). Creighton opens this contest as 2-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 148.5.
Creighton enters this game with a record of 5-2 for the year. The Bluejays are hitting 39.8% on three-point shots (76 of 191) and 67.3% from the free throw line. They are averaging 86.3 points per outing (25th in the country) while shooting 51.7% from the field. They turn the ball over 10.1 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 14.6 fouls per game. As a unit, Creighton is grabbing 35.7 boards per contest and is sitting with 137 dimes this season, which has them ranked 11th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Bluejays are forcing 13.4 turnovers every game while drawing 15.6 fouls. The Bluejays defense is giving up a FG percentage of 41.6% (182 of 437) and they surrender 35.7 boards per contest as a group. They are currently ranked 285th in college basketball in giving up assists with 99 conceded for the year. They surrender 38.0% on 3-point attempts and they rank 191st in D-1 in PPG allowed (70.7).
The Creighton Bluejays played the St. John's Red Storm and walked away with a win by a score of 94-76 in their last game. Creighton walked away from the game having earned a 56.7% FG percentage (38 out of 67) and converted 13 out of their 23 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Bluejays made 5 of their 9 tries for a percentage of 55.6%. In regard to pulling down boards, they compiled 43 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 23 assists for this game as well as getting 4 steals and 5 blocked shots. When talking about the defense, Creighton allowed the other team to go 56.7% from the floor on 38 out of 67. St. John's dished out 17 dimes and 4 steals for this game. On top of that, the Red Storm pulled down 24 rebounds (3 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 5 rejections. St. John's finished the contest at 60.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 6 of 10 tries. They converted 10 of 25 attempts from distance.
Denzel Mahoney is one guy who was a major contributor for this game. He walked away with 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting. He played for 28 mins and also pulled down 5 rebounds. Mahoney finished 60.0% from the field and also totaled 2 dimes. Someone else that was a major factor in this matchup for the Bluejays was Marcus Zegarowski. He collected 2 boards and also accumulated 5 assists. He ended up shooting 70.0% from the floor in the game via 7-of-10 (20 points). When the game finished, Zegarowski saw the court for 32 minutes.
Connecticut has a record of 3-0 for the year. When it comes to offense, the Huskies are connecting on 45.7% from the floor, which is 155th in the country. Connecticut has totaled 232 pts so far this year (77.3 per contest) and they pull down 42.0 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 14.3 times per game (137th in the country) and they turn the ball over 12.7 times per game. The Huskies are committing 22.0 fouls per contest and they hit 71.4% from the charity stripe. The Huskies on the defensive side of the court are 67th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 63.3. They have conceded 6.3 assists and 30.0 boards every game, which ranks 2nd and 36th in the country. The Connecticut defense concedes 29.4% on shots from 3-point land (15 of 51) and their opposition makes 74.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have forced 13.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 39.4% from the field (81st in Division 1).
For their last game, the Connecticut Huskies got the victory with a final of 61-58 against the USC Trojans. The Huskies pulled down 25 defensive boards and 14 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 in this contest. They also blocked 6 shots while earning 3 steals for the matchup. The Trojans had 16 personal fouls for the game which took the Huskies to the free throw line for 20 attempts. They were able to knock down 16 of the free throws for a percentage of 80.0%. Pertaining to shots from beyond the perimeter, Connecticut made 7 of 19 attempts (36.8%). When the game finished, the Huskies finished shooting 19 for 55 from the floor which had them at 34.5%. The Huskies permitted the Trojans to make 19 out of their 53 attempts from the field which left them shooting 35.8% in the matchup. They finished 15.8% from 3-point land by going 3 of 19 and ended up going 17 of 21 from the free throw line (81.0%). Concerning cleaning up the glass, Connecticut allowed USC to grab 28 in all (7 on the offensive side).
Isaiah Whaley was pivotal for the Huskies in the matchup. He converted 4 of 10 in this contest giving him a rate of 40.0%, which had him sitting at 10 points. Whaley pulled down 5 rebounds in his 36 mins played and had 2 dimes for this game. An additional guy who saw a lot of minutes for Connecticut was James Bouknight. He totaled 18 points in 33 minutes on the hardwood by going 5 of 15 shooting in the matchup. Bouknight ended the game having shot 33.3% from the field while also totaling 2 assists and 7 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Creighton (-2)
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