Butler Bulldogs vs Creighton Bluejays Prediction, 3/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Butler Bulldogs vs Creighton Bluejays
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021
Location: CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, NE
Odds/Point Spread: Butler (+12.5)
The Creighton Bluejays (17-7) play the Butler Bulldogs (9-13) at CHI Health Center Omaha on Saturday. Butler opens this contest as 12.5-point dogs. The total is set at 133.
Butler comes into this one with a mark of 9-13 on the campaign. They currently have an average of 63.1 points per outing (329th in the nation) while shooting 41.1% from the field. The Bulldogs are hitting 32.9% on shots from 3-point land (158 of 480) and 63.5% from the free throw line. As a team, Butler is pulling down 32.6 boards per game and has earned 275 dimes this year, which is 204th in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. They are giving up possession 11.7 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 16.5 personal fouls every game. When they are on the defensive end, the Bulldogs have forced 12.6 turnovers per game while drawing 17.0 fouls. The Bulldogs are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 45.4% (537 of 1,183) and they surrender 33.5 boards per game as a basketball team. They are 198th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 289 surrendered for the year. They concede 32.9% on 3-pointers and they are 80th in D-1 in opponents points per game (66.7).
The Butler Bulldogs faced off with the Villanova Wildcats and took home the win by a score of 73-61 in their last game. Butler finished having earned a 50.0% field goal percentage (27 of 54) and converted 10 of their 24 shots from downtown. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Bulldogs converted 9 of 20 shots for a rate of 45.0%. When it comes to rebounding, they earned 31 with 7 of them being offensive. They also dished out 15 assists for this game as well as forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and earning 6 steals. With regard to defense, Butler allowed the other team to shoot 36.9% from the field on 24 of 65 shooting. Villanova distributed 6 assists and had 2 steals for the matchup. On top of that, Villanova collected 32 boards (10 offensive, 22 defensive) and got 1 block. Villanova ended up shooting 91.7% at the free throw line by making 11 of 12 tries. They also made 2 of their 27 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Chuck Harris is a guy who was a major contributor for this contest. He finished with 20 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He saw the court for 39 mins played and snagged 5 rebounds. Harris finished 50.0% from the floor and totaled 4 assists. Someone else that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Bulldogs was Jair Bolden. He pulled down 2 rebounds in his 36 minutes on the hardwood. He ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor for the matchup by connecting on 5-of-10 (15 points). At the conclusion of this game, Bolden tallied 1 assist.
Creighton has a win-loss mark of 17-7 on the year. As an offensive team, the Bluejays are shooting 48.0% from the field, which has them ranked 39th in the country. Creighton has scored 1,868 points on the campaign (77.8 per game) and they grab 35.6 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 16.0 times per contest (40th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 11.1 times per contest. The Bluejays are committing 15.3 fouls per contest and they hit 65.1% from the charity stripe. The Bluejays on the defensive side of the court are 141st in college basketball in PPG given up with 68.9. They surrender 13.0 assists and 36.8 rebounds per contest, ranking them 190th and 259th in the nation. The Creighton defense concedes 32.9% on 3-point attempts (189 of 575) and their opposition makes 71.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are able to force 12.8 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 40.8% from the field (47th in college hoops).
When they last played, the Creighton Bluejays went home defeated by a final of 72-60 when they faced the Villanova Wildcats. The Bluejays were able to snag 24 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 30 for the game. They also gave up possession of the ball 9 times, while getting 7 steals for this contest. The Wildcats committed 11 fouls in this contest which got the Bluejays to the charity stripe for a total of 7 tries. They were able to make 2 of the free throws for a percentage of 28.6%. In the matter of three-point shots, Creighton converted 10 of 33 tries (30.3%). Overall, the Bluejays walked away from this one shooting 24 for 62 from the field which gave them a percentage of 38.7%. The Bluejays permitted the Wildcats to make 28 out of 58 attempts from the field which left them shooting 48.3% in this game. They finished 34.6% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 9 out of 26 and ended up going 7 out of 8 at the free throw line (87.5%). With respect to cleaning up the glass, Creighton allowed Villanova to get 37 in all (5 offensive).
Mitch Ballock was important for the Bluejays in the game. He converted 5 out of 11 for this contest giving him a rate of 45.5%, and earned 1 rebound. Ballock recorded 14 points in his 32 mins on the court and added 1 assist in this matchup. Someone else that played a role for Creighton was Damien Jefferson. He ended up finishing with 4 assists in 32 mins on the court, and he shot 6 of 10 from the floor. Jefferson ended the game having shot 60.0% from the floor while contributing 13 points and 8 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Creighton (-12.5)
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