Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Creighton Bluejays Prediction, 12/11/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Creighton Bluejays
Date: Friday, December 11, 2020
Location: CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, NE
Odds/Point Spread: Nebraska (+15)
The Creighton Bluejays (3-1) play the Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-2) at CHI Health Center Omaha on Friday. Nebraska opens this game as 15-point underdogs. The over/under opens at 150.
Nebraska comes into this game with a win-loss record of 3-2 for the year. They have an average of 77.4 pts per game (123rd in Division 1) while hitting 40.9% from the field. The Cornhuskers are hitting 29.9% on three-point attempts (43 of 144) and 67.7% from the free throw line. As a team, Nebraska is grabbing 41.2 boards per game and is sitting with 71 assists for the season, which ranks 76th in D-1 in terms of passing. They turn it over 12.0 times per contest and as a group they commit 18.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Cornhuskers have forced 17.4 turnovers every game while drawing 22.0 personal fouls. They are giving up 28.8% on shots from distance and they are 90th in college basketball in PPG allowed (65.0). The Cornhuskers are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 38.4% (114 of 297) and they surrender 41.4 boards per game as a unit. They are currently ranked 199th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 57 surrendered for the season.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers faced off with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and took a loss by a score of 75-64 in their last game. Nebraska ended with a 37.7% FG percentage (23 out of 61) and knocked down 8 out of their 23 shots from beyond the perimeter. When shot from the charity stripe, the Cornhuskers made 10 of 15 tries for a percentage of 66.7%. When discussing rebounding, they collected 38 with 13 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 14 dimes for this game while having 3 steals and 2 blocks. In regard to the defense, Nebraska allowed the other team to go 37.7% from the floor on 23 of 61. Georgia Tech distributed 13 dimes and 8 steals for the contest. Furthurmore, the Yellow Jackets snagged 32 rebounds (8 offensive, 24 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Georgia Tech walked away from this one shooting 75.0% from the free throw line by making 15 of 20 shots. They converted 8 out of their 25 tries from 3-point range.
Dalano Banton is someone who was a major factor for the matchup. He was able to score 17 points on 6 of 15 shooting. He played 36 minutes played and also totaled 9 rebounds. Banton shot 40.0% from the field and also recorded 6 assists. An additional guy that saw the court a lot in the game for the Cornhuskers was Teddy Allen. He snagged 3 rebounds and also earned 2 assists. He ended up shooting 25.0% from the field for the contest via 4-of-16 (10 points). When the final whistle blew, Allen was on the court for 27 minutes.
Creighton has a mark of 3-1 for the campaign. The Bluejays commit 13.3 fouls every game and they shoot 74.2% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 18.5 times per game (29th in the nation) and they turn the ball over 9.3 times per contest. Creighton has totaled 328 points this year (82.0 per contest) and they snag 35.8 rebounds per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Bluejays are hitting on 51.0% from the floor, which ranks 71st in the country. The Bluejays defensively are ranked 81st in college hoops in PPG allowed with 64.0. The Creighton defense gives up 31.4% on three-point shots (27 of 86) and their opponents are connecting on 67.3% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 12.8 assists and 35.8 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 156th and 159th in those categories. They are able to force 12.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 37.7% from the field (55th in D-1).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Creighton Bluejays went home defeated by a final of 73-72 when they faced the Kansas Jayhawks. The Bluejays snagged 28 defensive boards and 3 offensive boards for a total of 31 in the game. They also blocked 5 tries while earning 9 steals for this game. The Jayhawks were called for 13 fouls in the game which got the Bluejays to the charity stripe for 18 tries. They were able to convert 9 of them for a rate of 50.0%. In regard to 3-pointers, Creighton knocked down 9 of their 27 tries (33.3%). When the game finished, the Bluejays ended up shooting 27 for 56 from the floor which had them shooting 48.2%. The Bluejays allowed the Jayhawks to knock down 26 out of their 66 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 39.4% in the game. They went 45.5% from downtown by shooting 10 out of 22 and walked away from this one shooting 11 out of 17 at the free throw line (64.7%). In relation to cleaning the glass, Creighton allowed Kansas to collect 36 in total (11 offensive).
Denzel Mahoney played a lot for the Bluejays in this game. He made 7 of 14 in this contest for a field goal rate of 50.0%, which got him 19 points. Mahoney pulled down 5 rebounds in his 34 minutes played and had 2 assists for this game. One more player that ended up playing a role for Creighton was Marcus Zegarowski. He was able to score 16 points in his 35 minutes played by way of 5 out of 14 from the floor in the matchup. Zegarowski ended the game having shot 35.7% from the field while contributing 4 assists and 6 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Nebraska (+15)
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