Creighton Bluejays vs Butler Bulldogs Prediction, 1/16/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Creighton Bluejays vs Butler Bulldogs
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Creighton (-9)
The Butler Bulldogs (3-7) host the Creighton Bluejays (10-2) at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday. The line on this game has Creighton as 9-point favorites. The O/U opens at 141.
Creighton enters this game with a record of 10-2 on the campaign. They currently have an average of 83.3 points per game (21st in college hoops) on 49.6% from the field. The Bluejays are connecting on 38.8% on shots from distance (130 of 335) and 65.8% from the free throw line. As a team, Creighton is pulling down 37.3 rebounds per game and is sitting with 215 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 18th in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 11.3 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 15.1 personal fouls per game. On defense, the Bluejays are forcing their opponents into 13.4 turnovers every game and they draw 15.5 fouls. The Bluejays defense is giving up a FG percentage of 39.8% (302 of 759) and they surrender 37.1 rebounds per contest as a unit. They are 230th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 147 conceded on the year. They are giving up 33.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 150th in college hoops in points per game allowed (68.9).
The Creighton Bluejays stepped onto the hardwood against the St. John's Red Storm and earned the victory with a final of 97-79 in their last game. Creighton finished the contest having earned a 54.4% field goal percentage (37 out of 68) and knocked down 16 of their 36 shots from distance. At the charity stripe, the Bluejays buried 7 of their 13 attempts for a percentage of 53.8%. When talking about grabbing boards, they earned 33 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 25 dimes in the game while getting 7 steals and 7 blocks. When it comes to the defense, Creighton let their opponent shoot 54.4% from the field on 37 out of 68 shooting. St. John's doled out 13 assists and had 7 steals for the matchup. Furthurmore, the Red Storm pulled down 35 boards (11 offensive, 24 defensive) and had 7 blocks. St. John's finished the game at 83.3% at the free throw line by knocking down 5 of 6 shots. They made 8 of 21 attempts from downtown.
Denzel Mahoney is someone who had an impact in this matchup. He accounted for 24 points on 8 out of 18 shooting. He played 33 minutes and also snagged 4 boards. Mahoney finished the contest at 44.4% from the floor and totaled 2 assists. Another guy that was a major contributor in this contest for the Bluejays was Alex O'Connell. He grabbed 6 boards and had 2 dimes. He finished 85.7% from the floor in the matchup by going 6-of-7 (16 points). When the game finished, O'Connell played for 17 min.
Butler has a mark of 3-7 this year. As an offense, the Bulldogs are connecting on 42.4% from the field, which has them ranked 262nd in college basketball. Butler has accounted for 630 pts on the season (63.0 per game) and they grab 32.1 rebounds per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 11.9 times per contest (269th in D-1) and they turn it over 11.6 times per contest. The Bulldogs are committing 16.2 personal fouls every game and they connect on 61.1% from the free throw line. The Bulldogs are ranked 151st in the nation in points per game surrendered with 69.0. They are forcing 11.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 46.7% from the field (301st in college basketball). The Butler defense gives up 38.7% on shots from behind the 3-point line (79 of 204) and their opponents are knocking down 72.3% of their foul shots. They surrender 14.7 dimes and 32.1 rebounds every game, ranking them 274th and 66th in college hoops.
When they last played, the Butler Bulldogs walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 69-57 when they played the St. John's Red Storm. The Bulldogs corralled 30 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 36 in this game. They also blocked 3 shots while earning 4 steals in this game. The Red Storm were called for 15 personal fouls for the contest which took the Bulldogs to the charity stripe for 10 shots. They were able to knock down 5 of the free throw tries for a rate of 50.0%. In relation to 3-pointers, Butler converted 6 of their 24 attempts (25.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Bulldogs finished shooting 23 for 53 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.4%. The Bulldogs permitted the Red Storm to bury 25 of 56 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 44.6% in the matchup. They finished shooting 34.8% from downtown by going 8 of 23 and ended up going 11 out of 17 from the free throw line (64.7%). When talking about how they attacked the glass, Butler permitted St. John's to get 27 overall (4 offensive).
Jair Bolden ended up being a factor for the Bulldogs for the game. He made 6 of 14 in the game for a field goal percentage of 42.9%, which earned him 17 points. Bolden grabbed 2 rebounds in his 38 minutes and had 2 dimes for the contest. Another guy that played a role for Butler was Bryce Golden. He ended up walking away with 12 points in 26 minutes played via 6 of 10 from the floor in this contest. Golden finished going 60.0% from the floor and also collecting 2 assists and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Creighton (-9)
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