Villanova Wildcats vs Creighton Bluejays Prediction, 12/17/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Villanova Wildcats vs Creighton Bluejays
Date: Friday, December 17, 2021
Location: CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, NE
CHI Health Center Omaha is where the Creighton Bluejays (8-3) will meet the Villanova Wildcats (7-3) on Friday.
The Villanova Wildcats took the court against Baylor and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 57-36 in their last contest. When it comes to personal fouls, the Wildcats ended up with 13 while Baylor had 17 personal fouls. They also buried 6 of their 24 attempts from distance. Baylor finished 100.0% when shooting free throws by making 7 of 7 attempts. Additionally, Baylor collected 37 boards (8 offensive, 29 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Baylor earned 12 assists and had 7 steals for the contest. In regard to the defense, Villanova allowed 39.3% from the floor on 22 out of 56 shooting. They also recorded 5 assists for this game in addition to forcing the opposition into 11 turnovers and getting 5 steals. When talking about rebounding, they earned a total of 33 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. When they shot from the free throw line, the Wildcats knocked down 6 of 10 tries for a rate of 60.0%. Villanova finished the contest having earned a 22.2% field goal percentage (12 of 54) and knocked down 6 of 27 3-pointers.
Justin Moore is a guy who played a role in the game. He recorded 15 points on 5 out of 14 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 32 minutes and collected 6 rebounds. He shot 35.7% from the floor and also earned 1 assist.
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Villanova heads into this game with a record of 7-3 for the season. They average 74.0 points per outing (134th in the nation) while going 42.6% from the field. The Wildcats are shooting 37.7% on three-point shots (113 of 300) and 77.2% from the charity stripe. As a team, Villanova is collecting 37.3 boards per game and has racked up 138 dimes so far this year, which ranks 174th in the country in terms of passing the ball. They are giving up possession 9.1 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 14.8 fouls per contest.
On the defensive end of the court, the Wildcats are forcing 13.3 turnovers per game and they draw 16.8 fouls. They are conceding 32.2% on shots from distance and they rank 54th in college basketball in PPG allowed (61.5). The Wildcats defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 40.8% (225 of 552) and they surrender 33.1 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are ranked 113th in D-1 in allowing assists with 114 relinquished for the campaign.
The last time they took the court, the Creighton Bluejays took a loss by a score of 58-57 when they played Arizona State. In reference to team rebounding, Creighton allowed Arizona State to collect 28 overall (3 on the offensive side). They finished shooting 26.7% from 3-point land by shooting 4 out of 15 and finished the contest at 4 of 5 from the charity stripe (80.0%). The Bluejays allowed Arizona State to convert 25 of 60 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 41.7% in this game. When the final whistle was blown, the Bluejays finished shooting 21 for 54 from the floor which had them sitting at 38.9%. Regarding three-point attempts, Creighton converted 5 of their 25 attempts (20.0%). They were able to knock down 10 of those for a percentage of 62.5%. Arizona State was called for 19 personal fouls in the game which took the Bluejays to the charity stripe for 16 tries. They turned the ball over 14 times, while getting 4 steals for this game. The Bluejays were able to corral 31 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards totaling 38 for the matchup.
Ryan Kalkbrenner pitched in for the Bluejays for this contest. He converted 6 of 7 in this game giving him a rate of 85.7%, and accounted for 9 rebounds. He had 16 points in his 30 minutes on the court and tallied 1 assist for the matchup.
Creighton has a mark of 8-3 on the season. The Bluejays are committing 13.4 fouls per contest and they go 69.0% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 14.2 times per game (130th in the country) and they are giving up possession 14.0 times per contest. Creighton has accounted for 791 pts for the year (71.9 per contest) and they grab 38.3 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Bluejays are hitting on 48.2% from the floor, which is ranked 37th in D-1.
The Creighton defense surrenders 35.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter (85 of 243) and opponents are converting on 73.6% of their free throw shots. They have given up 11.8 dimes and 33.7 rebounds every game, which ranks them 142nd and 144th in the country. The Bluejays on the defensive side of the court are 115th in college basketball in points given up per game with 65.4. They have forced 12.1 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 39.7% from the floor (70th in the nation).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Villanova
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