Creighton Bluejays vs Kansas Jayhawks Prediction, 12/8/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Creighton Bluejays vs Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Location: Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Creighton (+3.5)
Allen Fieldhouse is the site where and the Kansas Jayhawks (4-1) will take on the Creighton Bluejays (3-0) on Tuesday. Creighton opens this contest as 3.5-point underdogs. The total opens at 147.5.
Creighton heads into this contest with a win-loss record of 3-0 on the season. They average 85.3 pts per game (43rd in the country) while hitting 51.9% from the field. The Bluejays are shooting 32.9% on shots from beyond the arc (26 of 79) and 83.3% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Creighton is pulling down 36.7 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 61 assists for the season, which has them ranked 69th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 7.7 times per game and as a team they commit 12.3 fouls per game. On defense, the Bluejays are forcing their opponents into 12.0 turnovers per game and they draw 15.3 personal fouls. They rank 91st in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 33 surrendered this year. The Bluejays are giving up a field goal percentage of 37.2% (71 of 191) and they relinquish 34.0 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are giving up 26.6% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 54th in D-1 in opponents PPG (61.0).
The Creighton Bluejays took the court against the Kennesaw State Owls and walked away with a win by a score of 93-58 in their last game. Creighton finished with a 55.7% field goal percentage (34 of 61) and made 7 out of their 22 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Bluejays knocked down 18 of 21 attempts for a rate of 85.7%. In reference to hauling in rebounds, they earned 36 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 15 assists for this contest as well as earning 9 steals and 4 blocked shots. When it comes to the defense, Creighton allowed 55.7% from the floor on 34 out of 61. Kennesaw State doled out 13 assists and 2 steals in this matchup. Moreover, the Owls had 26 rebounds (6 offensive, 20 defensive) and added 4 rejections. Kennesaw State finished 70.0% at the charity stripe by burying 7 of their 10 shots. They also converted 5 of their 23 attempts from downtown.
Damien Jefferson is one guy who was a factor in this contest. He ended up scoring 13 points on 6 of 9 shooting. He played for 24 minutes played and pulled down 3 boards. Jefferson shot 66.7% from the floor and also recorded 2 dimes. An additional guy that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Bluejays was Marcus Zegarowski. He snagged 4 rebounds and had 4 dimes. He finished the game shooting 45.5% from the field in this game by hitting 5-of-11 (14 points). When the game finished, Zegarowski was on the court for 26 minutes.
Kansas has a mark of 4-1 this year. Kansas has scored 403 pts this season (80.6 per contest) and they pull in 42.2 rebounds per contest. The Jayhawks have committed 15.0 personal fouls per game and they connect on 68.9% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Jayhawks are shooting 44.6% from the field, which is ranked 194th in college hoops. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 11.8 times per contest (226th in the nation) and they turn the ball over 13.2 times per contest. The Jayhawks on the defensive side of the court are 149th in the nation in points allowed per game with 70.2. They have forced 14.4 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 41.5% from the field (133rd in D-1). The Kansas defense gives up 30.8% on shots from distance (37 of 120) and their opponents are knocking down 70.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 11.0 dimes and 33.2 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks them 80th and 89th in the nation.
In their last game, the Kansas Jayhawks went home victorious with a score of 65-61 when they played the North Dakota State Bison. The Jayhawks pulled down 27 defensive boards and 16 offensive rebounds for a total of 43 in the game. They rejected 5 shots while getting 6 steals in the matchup. The Bison committed 19 fouls for this contest which took the Jayhawks to the charity stripe for a total of 19 attempts. They were able to bury 13 of the free throws for a percentage of 68.4%. Concerning shooting from 3-point land, Kansas made 4 of their 15 attempts (26.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Jayhawks shot 24 out of 62 from the field which gave them a percentage of 38.7%. The Jayhawks allowed the Bison to bury 21 out of 53 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 39.6% for the matchup. They shot 33.3% from 3-point land by going 6 out of 18 and walked away from this one shooting 13 out of 17 at the free throw line (76.5%). Regarding attacking the glass, Kansas permitted North Dakota State to collect 31 overall (6 offensive).
Jalen Wilson played a lot for the Jayhawks for the game. He converted 5 of 15 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 33.3%, which had him sitting at 14 points. Wilson pulled down 15 rebounds in his 33 minutes played and tallied 2 dimes for the contest. An additional guy who saw a lot of court time for Kansas was Ochai Agbaji. He notched 13 points in 35 minutes played via 5 of 11 from the floor in the game. Agbaji ended the game having shot 45.5% from the floor and also contributing 3 assists and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Creighton (+3.5)
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