Omaha Mavericks vs Creighton Bluejays Prediction, 12/1/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Omaha Mavericks vs Creighton Bluejays
Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Location: CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, NE
Odds/Point Spread: Omaha (+21)
The Creighton Bluejays (1-0) host the Omaha Mavericks (1-2) at CHI Health Center Omaha on Tuesday. The odds on this game have Creighton as 21-point favorites. The total is set at 148.
Omaha enters this one with a record of 1-2 for the season. They currently have an average of 61.3 points per game (218th in D-1) while connecting on 42.5% from the floor. The Mavericks are shooting 18.2% on shots from 3-point land (6 of 33) and 69.2% from the free throw line. As a team, Omaha is collecting 36.3 boards per contest and has totaled 24 dimes this year, which has them ranked 149th in college hoops in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 21.3 times per contest and as a team they commit 20.7 personal fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Mavericks are able to force 16.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.7 fouls. The Mavericks are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 40.2% (70 of 174) and they surrender 33.3 boards per game as a basketball team. They rank 318th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 37 surrendered this year. They give up 38.0% from 3-point land and they are ranked 203rd in Division 1 in points per game allowed (67.0).
The Omaha Mavericks played the Abilene Christian Wildcats and took a loss by a score of 70-58 in their last game. Omaha finished with a 44.2% field goal percentage (23 of 52) and buried 2 out of their 14 three-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Mavericks made 10 of 13 attempts for a percentage of 76.9%. When it comes to rebounding, they collected 30 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 11 assists in this game in addition to earning 9 steals and 2 blocks. With regard to defense, Omaha allowed the other team to go 44.2% from the field on 23 out of 52. Abilene Christian recorded 15 assists and 9 steals in this contest. On top of that, the Wildcats snagged 32 boards (10 offensive, 22 defensive) and got 2 blocked shots. Abilene Christian ended up going 60.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 12 of their 20 tries. They also converted 6 out of their 12 shots from three-point range.
Ayo Akinwole is someone who saw a lot of minutes in this contest. He scored 8 points on 4 of 6 shooting. He was on the court for 33 mins and snagged 3 boards. Akinwole ended up going 66.7% from the field and dished out 5 assists. Another guy that saw a lot of court time in this contest for the Mavericks was Wanjang Tut. He pulled down 5 rebounds and collected 2 dimes. He finished the contest at 66.7% from the floor in this matchup by going 4-of-6 (8 points). When this game wrapped up, Tut was on the hardwood for 24 minutes.
Creighton has a win-loss mark of 1-0 for the campaign. Creighton has tallied 69 points for the campaign and they pull in 27 rebounds per game. The Bluejays are committing 12 fouls per contest and they go 77.8% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offensive execution, the Bluejays are hitting on 42.9% from the floor, which has them ranked 153rd in the nation. They are assisting teammates 18 times per game (45th in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 4 times per game. The Bluejays on defense are ranked 133rd in Division 1 in points per game surrendered with 58.0. They are forcing 16.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 40.0% from the floor (187th in D-1). The Creighton defense allows 25.0% on three-point shots (4 of 16) and opponents are knocking down 76.9% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 10 assists and 41 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 164th and 306th in the country.
The last time they took the court, the Creighton Bluejays got the victory with a final of 69-58 against the North Dakota State Bison. The Bluejays corralled 22 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 26 in the game. They also blocked 4 attempts while recording 4 steals in this contest. The Bison had 11 fouls in the game which took the Bluejays to the charity stripe for a total of 9 shots. They were able to convert 7 of the free throw tries for a clip of 77.8%. In terms of shots from downtown, Creighton buried 8 out of their 35 tries (22.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Bluejays went 27 out of 63 from the floor which gave them a rate of 42.9%. The Bluejays permitted the Bison to convert 22 out of 55 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.0% for the contest. They shot 25.0% from distance by going 4 out of 16 and ended up going 10 of 13 at the charity stripe (76.9%). In regard to how they rebounded, Creighton allowed North Dakota State to collect 36 in total (9 on the offensive side).
Mitch Ballock saw the court a lot for the Bluejays for the contest. He buried 4 of 12 for the matchup for a rate of 33.3%, which earned him 11 points. Ballock had 7 boards in his 37 minutes and had 4 assists for the matchup. One more player that was important for Creighton was Marcus Zegarowski. He finished with 12 points in 36 minutes on the court via 5 out of 15 shooting for this game. Zegarowski ended the game having shot 33.3% from the floor and also earning 6 assists and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Omaha (+21)
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