Villanova Wildcats vs Creighton Bluejays Prediction, 2/13/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Villanova Wildcats vs Creighton Bluejays
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021
Location: CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, NE
Odds/Point Spread: Villanova (-1.5)
The Creighton Bluejays (15-5) play the Villanova Wildcats (13-2) at CHI Health Center Omaha on Saturday. Creighton opens this game as 1.5-point underdogs. The total has been set at 145.
Villanova comes into this game with a record of 13-2 on the campaign. They are averaging 79.1 pts per contest (41st in the nation) while shooting 46.7% from the floor. The Wildcats are shooting 38.7% on shots from distance (153 of 395) and 78.8% from the charity stripe. As a team, Villanova is pulling down 33.7 boards per contest and has accounted for 244 dimes on the campaign, which is 125th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 9.2 times per game and as a unit they are committing 15.5 fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Wildcats are forcing 13.4 turnovers every game while drawing 17.1 fouls. They are 94th in the country in giving up assists to the opposition with 180 relinquished so far this year. The Wildcats are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 45.5% (378 of 830) and they surrender 31.8 rebounds per game as a unit. They relinquish 37.1% on 3-pointers and they rank 110th in college basketball in opponents points per game (67.6).
The Villanova Wildcats played the Marquette Golden Eagles and walked away with a win by a score of 96-64 in their last contest. Villanova ended the game having earned a 63.0% FG percentage (34 out of 54) and made 13 of 22 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Wildcats knocked down 15 of their 16 shots for a rate of 93.8%. When it comes to pulling down boards, they compiled 22 with 4 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 25 assists for this game in addition to earning 9 steals and 2 blocks. With respect to the defense, Villanova allowed the other team to shoot 63.0% from the field on 34 out of 54 shooting. Marquette earned 10 assists and had 4 steals for the contest. Furthurmore, the Golden Eagles pulled down 22 rebounds (9 offensive, 13 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Marquette ended up shooting 75.0% when shooting free throws by making 12 of their 16 shots. They converted 6 of 14 tries from long range.
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is one guy who was a major contributor for the matchup. He racked up 27 points on 10 of 11 shooting. He was on the court for 32 minutes and pulled down 8 boards. Robinson-Earl shot 90.9% from the floor and distributed 2 assists. One more player that was a contributor in the matchup for the Wildcats was Collin Gillespie. He pulled down 3 rebounds and had 11 assists. He finished the game at 50.0% from the floor for the contest by going 5-of-10 (16 points). When the final whistle blew, Gillespie was on the court for 32 minutes.
Creighton has a record of 15-5 this year. The Bluejays commit 15.9 fouls per game and they shoot 66.4% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 16.0 times per contest (42nd in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 11.5 times per game. Creighton has scored 1,576 pts for the year (78.8 per game) and they collect 36.0 boards per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Bluejays are shooting 48.2% from the field, which is ranked 37th in college basketball. The Bluejays on defense are ranked 156th in college basketball in points given up per game with 69.1. They have forced 13.3 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 40.2% from the field (41st in college basketball). The Creighton defense gives up 33.1% on shots from distance (156 of 472) and their opponents are connecting on 69.9% of their foul shots. They surrender 12.4 dimes and 37.2 total boards per game, which ranks 132nd and 272nd in D-1.
When they last played, the Creighton Bluejays got the victory with a final of 63-48 when they played the Georgetown Hoyas. The Bluejays corralled 26 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 33 for this game. They rejected 3 attempts while getting 19 steals for the game. The Hoyas earned 12 fouls for the contest which got the Bluejays to the charity stripe for a total of 9 tries. They were able to knock down 5 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 55.6%. In relation to shooting from 3-point land, Creighton converted 6 out of 25 tries (24.0%). When all was said and done, the Bluejays went 26 for 59 from the floor which had them shooting 44.1%. The Bluejays allowed the Hoyas to make 16 of their 58 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 27.6% in the game. They shot 29.0% from beyond the perimeter by hitting 9 of 31 and finished the contest at 7 out of 8 at the charity stripe (87.5%). Regarding team rebounding, Creighton permitted Georgetown to snag 39 in total (12 offensive).
Christian Bishop ended up having an impact for the Bluejays for this game. He converted 8 out of 11 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 72.7%, which gave him 17 points. Bishop pulled down 9 rebounds in his 28 mins and totaled 2 assists for this game. One more player that ended up playing a role for Creighton was Mitch Ballock. He scored 14 points in his 27 minutes played via 5 of 10 from the floor in the matchup. Ballock ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor in addition to totaling 2 assists and 3 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Villanova (-1.5)
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