BYU Cougars vs Creighton Bluejays Prediction, 12/11/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: BYU Cougars vs Creighton Bluejays
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021
Location: Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, SD
The Creighton Bluejays (7-2) will compete against the BYU Cougars (8-1) at Sanford Pentagon on Saturday.
The BYU Cougars faced Utah State and notched a win by a score of 82-71 in their last contest. BYU finished the contest with a 50.0% field goal percentage (26 of 52) and converted 11 out of their 24 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Cougars made 19 of 22 tries for a rate of 86.4%. When it comes to hauling in boards, they collected a total of 28 with 4 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 19 assists for the game while forcing the other team into 17 turnovers and getting 5 steals. In the matter of defense, BYU allowed their opponent to shoot 52.0% from the floor on 26 out of 50 shooting. Utah State doled out 14 dimes and had 8 steals in this game. Furthermore, Utah State collected 25 rebounds (4 offensive, 21 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Utah State walked away from this one shooting 45.0% from the charity stripe by converting 9 of 20 tries. They knocked down 10 out of their 26 shots from three-point range. Regarding personal fouls, the Cougars ended up with 18 and Utah State totaled 18 personal fouls.
Alex Barcello is one guy who was a major factor in this matchup. He went 33.3% from the floor and recorded 4 dimes. He was on the court for 30 minutes and also grabbed 2 rebounds. He walked away with 17 points on 4 out of 12 shooting.
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BYU enters this one with a mark of 8-1 on the year. They are averaging 76.7 pts per contest (95th in Division 1) while connecting on 45.7% from the field. The Cougars are connecting on 31.3% on three-point attempts (63 of 201) and 72.9% from the charity stripe. As a unit, BYU is collecting 41.1 boards per game and has earned 135 assists for the season, which has them ranked 96th in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. They are giving up possession 11.0 times per game and as a squad are committing 18.0 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
Defensively, the Cougars are able to force 12.1 turnovers per game and they draw 18.0 fouls. They relinquish 25.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 74th in the country in opponents points per game (63.1). The Cougars are giving up a FG percentage of 39.8% (204 of 513) and they surrender 33.1 rebounds per contest as a group. They rank 57th in the country in giving up assists with 87 surrendered this season.
For their last game, the Creighton Bluejays walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 64-58 when they faced Iowa State. The Bluejays were able to pull down 25 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 33 in the matchup. They gave up possession of the ball 20 times, while recording 8 steals in the game. Iowa State had 19 personal fouls for the contest which got the Bluejays to the charity stripe for a total of 18 shots. They were able to bury 14 of those for a rate of 77.8%. In relation to shots from distance, Creighton knocked down 6 out of their 19 attempts (31.6%). Overall, the Bluejays went 19 out of 45 from the floor which had them shooting 42.2%. The Bluejays allowed Iowa State to convert 21 out of their 51 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 41.2% for the game. They went 50.0% from 3-point land by shooting 7 of 14 and ended up going 15 of 20 at the free throw line (75.0%). When it comes to how they rebounded, Creighton permitted Iowa State to collect 25 in total (7 on the offensive side).
Ryan Hawkins ended up being a factor for the Bluejays in the game. He made 8 of 11 for the contest giving him a rate of 72.7%, and tallied 5 rebounds. He accumulated 25 points in his 35 minutes on the hardwood, but wasn't able to notch an assist.
Creighton has a win-loss mark of 7-2 on the season. The Bluejays are responsible for committing 13.3 personal fouls every game and they shoot 66.9% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 14.2 times per game (129th in the nation) and they turn it over 14.6 times per game. Creighton has accounted for 651 points this season (72.3 per contest) and they collect 38.4 boards per contest. As an offensive unit, the Bluejays are connecting on 49.6% from the field, which ranks 16th in college basketball.
The Bluejays on defense are ranked 121st in college hoops in points allowed per game with 65.6. They are forcing their opponents into 12.1 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 39.6% from the field (73rd in D-1). The Creighton defense allows 33.7% on shots from behind the 3-point line (69 of 205) and opponents are knocking down 74.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 11.8 dimes and 32.9 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 145th and 105th in D-1.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take BYU
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