Marquette Golden Eagles vs Creighton Bluejays Prediction, 12/14/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Marquette Golden Eagles vs Creighton Bluejays
Date: Monday, December 14, 2020
Location: CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, NE
Odds/Point Spread: Marquette (+8.5)
CHI Health Center Omaha is the venue where and the Creighton Bluejays (4-1) will take on the Marquette Golden Eagles (4-2) on Monday. The spread on this game has Creighton as 8.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 147.5.
Marquette heads into this one with a record of 4-2 this year. They are turning it over 15.2 times per contest and as a group they commit 19.2 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Marquette is collecting 41.7 boards per game and has 82 assists for the season, which has them ranked 68th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Golden Eagles are connecting on 35.1% on 3-pointers (46 of 131) and 72.5% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 74.2 pts per contest (158th in the nation) while going 43.8% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Golden Eagles are forcing their opponents into 11.5 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.8 fouls. They give up 26.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 62nd in college basketball in points per game allowed (63.2). The Golden Eagles are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 35.4% (128 of 362) and they concede 33.5 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They currently rank 209th in college basketball in giving up assists with 67 surrendered for the year.
The Marquette Golden Eagles stepped onto the hardwood against the UCLA Bruins and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 69-60 in their last game. Marquette wrapped up the contest having earned a 41.5% field goal percentage (22 out of 53) and converted 4 of their 20 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Golden Eagles buried 12 of 15 shots for a percentage of 80.0%. In regard to rebounding, they collected a total of 32 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 9 dimes in this game in addition to having 3 steals and 3 blocked shots. In regard to defending, Marquette let their opponent shoot 41.5% from the field on 22 out of 53. UCLA doled out 13 dimes and 6 steals for this game. In addition, the Bruins grabbed 30 rebounds (8 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 3 rejections. UCLA shot 81.0% at the charity stripe by making 17 of 21 shots. They knocked down 6 of their 23 tries from distance.
Dawson Garcia is one player who was a factor in this matchup. He ended up scoring 12 points on 3 of 12 shooting. He played for 35 mins and collected 4 rebounds. Garcia finished the game shooting 25.0% from the field and totaled 2 dimes. An additional guy that saw the court a lot in this game for the Golden Eagles was D.J. Carton. He grabbed 5 rebounds and accounted for 4 dimes. He finished shooting 53.8% from the field in the matchup by going 7-of-13 (18 points). Overall, Carton played for 33 min.
Creighton has a mark of 4-1 on the season. Creighton has scored 426 pts for the campaign (85.2 per contest) and they collect 35.8 boards per game. The Bluejays are committing 14.4 fouls every game and they connect on 72.2% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Bluejays are hitting on 51.3% from the floor, which has them ranked 66th in the country. They are dishing out assists 19.6 times per contest (18th in the country) and they are giving up possession 10.0 times per game. The Bluejays are ranked 104th in D-1 in PPG given up with 66.0. The Creighton defense gives up 33.9% on three-point shots (38 of 112) and opponents are making 64.9% of their free throw attempts. They allow 12.6 dimes and 36.4 rebounds every game, which is ranked 151st and 192nd in those categories. They have forced 14.6 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 38.9% from the field (70th in the nation).
The last time they took the court, the Creighton Bluejays walked away with a victory by a final of 98-74 against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Bluejays corralled 21 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 29 in this contest. They turned away 5 tries while getting 16 steals for the contest. The Cornhuskers had 15 fouls for this contest which got the Bluejays to the charity stripe for a total of 13 tries. They were able to knock down 8 of them for a rate of 61.5%. Pertaining to 3-pointers, Creighton knocked down 14 of their 30 attempts (46.7%). When the game finished, the Bluejays went 38 for 73 from the field which gave them a rate of 52.1%. The Bluejays permitted the Cornhuskers to bury 25 of 57 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 43.9% in the game. They went 42.3% from three-point range by going 11 out of 26 and finished the game at 13 of 22 at the free throw line (59.1%). With respect to rebounds, Creighton permitted Nebraska to snag 36 in all (9 offensive).
Marcus Zegarowski ended up being a factor for the Bluejays in this contest. He made 6 of 13 for this game for a field goal percentage of 46.2%, which had him finishing with 22 points. Zegarowski collected 3 rebounds in his 33 minutes and earned 5 dimes for the matchup. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Creighton was Denzel Mahoney. He notched 20 points in his 28 minutes played by going 7 out of 17 shooting in this matchup. Mahoney walked away from this one going 41.2% from the floor while collecting 4 assists and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Marquette (+8.5)
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