Creighton vs Xavier Predictions, Picks, Tips, 1/11/2020
Game: Creighton Bluejays vs Xavier Musketeers
Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020
Location: Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Xavier -3.5
The Creighton Bluejays travel to Cintas Center to play the Xavier Musketeers on Saturday, January 11, 2020. The opening line for this matchup has Xavier as 3.5 point favorites.
Creighton heads into this matchup with a mark of 12-4. They currently have a point differential of 8.8 as they are averaging 77.1 points per contest while giving up 68.3 per game. Xavier has an overall mark of 12-4. They are averaging 72.7 points per contest and giving up 65.4, which is a point differential of 7.3.
Valuable Creighton Bluejays Betting Trends
The Creighton Bluejays are 8-7-0 against the spread
The Creighton Bluejays are 6-8-1 against the over/under
Important Xavier Musketeers Betting Trends
The Xavier Musketeers are 4-10-2 against the spread
The Xavier Musketeers are 7-9-0 against the over/under
Key Creighton Bluejays Injuries
12/29/19 G Davion Mintz Ankle is out for season
11/05/19 C Jacob Epperson Knee is out indefinitely
Key Xavier Musketeers Injuries
01/09/20 G Dahmir Bishop Left Team is out for season
01/09/20 F Jason Carter Ankle is probable
01/09/20 F Daniel Ramsey Knee is questionable
Marcus Zegarowski comes into this contest averaging 17.4 points per game while playing 34.6 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 4.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 72%. Ty-Shon Alexander averages 15.9 points per game in 34.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.9 assists per contest and 6.0 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 85%.
Naji Marshall averages 16.5 points per game while playing 34.3 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 5.5 rebounds per game and has 3.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 74%. Paul Scruggs averages 14.7 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.2 rebounds per contest and 2.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 52% and his free throw percentage is 78%.
Useful Team Statistics
Creighton averages 77.1 points per contest this season, which ranks them 64th in the NCAA. Their average scoring margin is 8.8 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 55th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 73rd in the nation. They average 36.1 rebounds per game and 14.4 assists per game, which ranks them 179th and 103rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 335th with 11.1 per game. The Bluejays allow 68.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 168th in the country. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 29% average from behind the arc, ranking them 129th and 46th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 36.6 rebounds a game which ranks 252nd and they give up 11.7 assists per contest, which puts them in 109th place in Division 1. They force 12.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 70th in D-1.
Useful Team Statistics
Xavier is 150th in the country with 72.7 points per game this year. They are 167th in Division 1 in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is 7.3. They shoot 31% from 3-point range, which is good for 291st in the nation. They are 62nd in the NCAA in rebounding with 39.0 boards per game, and 96th in assists per contest with 14.5. The Musketeers are 104th in turnovers per game with 14.5. The Musketeers surrender 65.4 points per contest, which ranks them 90th in D-1. Their defense allows a 39% shooting percentage and a 28% average from 3-point range, ranking them 55th and 27th in those defensive statistics. They rank 75th with 11.2 assists allowed per contest and 191st with 35.4 rebounds surrendered per game. The Musketeers are 217th in country in forcing turnovers with 14.6 per game.
The Bluejays have an offensive rating of 107.7, which is ranked 67th. They are 131st in college basketball in pace with 71.1 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 40th. As a unit they are 48th in the nation in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shot attempts, ranking 90th in D-1. Creighton is 333rd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.9 times per 100 possessions.
Xavier is 139th in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 17.3 times per 100 possessions. The Musketeers have an offensive rating of 100.8, which is ranked 197th. They are 161st in D-1 in pace with 70.5 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 50% is 204th. As a unit they are 201st in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 230th in the country.
Who will win tonight's Creighton/Xavier college basketball game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Xavier -3.5
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