Creighton Bluejays vs Connecticut Huskies Prediction, 2/1/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Creighton Bluejays vs Connecticut Huskies
Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Location: XL Center in Hartford, CT
The Connecticut Huskies (15-4) will compete against the Creighton Bluejays (12-7) at XL Center on Tuesday.
The Creighton Bluejays played Xavier and took a loss by a score of 74-64 in their last contest. Creighton walked away from the contest having earned a 41.1% field goal percentage (23 of 56) and made 6 of their 21 three-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Bluejays made 12 of 15 tries for a rate of 80.0%. Concerning pulling down rebounds, they compiled 28 with 6 of them being offensive. They also dished out 8 assists for this contest as well as forcing the other team into 7 turnovers and earning 6 steals. In regard to defending, Creighton allowed the other team to go 42.2% from the floor on 27 of 64 shooting. Xavier distributed 14 dimes and had 8 steals for this contest. In addition, Xavier collected 39 rebounds (14 offensive, 25 defensive), but didn't have a block. Xavier shot 62.5% from the charity stripe by converting 10 of 16 attempts. They also made 10 out of their 19 tries from 3-point range. With respect to personal fouls, the Bluejays ended up finishing with 17 and Xavier had 14 personal fouls.
Ryan Nembhard is a guy who was a major contributor in this matchup. He finished 47.4% from the field and also dished out 2 assists. He played for 39 mins played and also pulled down 2 boards. He walked away with 23 points on 9 out of 19 shooting.
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Creighton will enter this contest with a win-loss record of 12-7 so far this year. They average 69.7 points per game (218th in the nation) while connecting on 45.9% from the field. The Bluejays are connecting on 30.5% on shots from beyond the arc (124 of 407) and 72.0% from the free throw line. As a team, Creighton is snagging 38.6 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 254 dimes for the campaign, which is 221st in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. They turn the ball over 14.8 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 14.1 fouls every game.
On the defensive end of the court, the Bluejays are forcing their opponents into 11.1 turnovers per contest while drawing 15.4 personal fouls. They rank 102nd in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 230 surrendered on the campaign. The Bluejays defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 39.7% (473 of 1,192) and they surrender 34.6 rebounds per contest as a team. They give up 33.5% from beyond the arc and they rank 106th in college hoops in PPG from their opponents (66.3).
When they last stepped on the court, the Connecticut Huskies took home the win by a final score of 57-50 when they faced DePaul. In regard to attacking the glass, Connecticut allowed DePaul to grab 32 in all (10 on the offensive side). They went 26.7% from three-point range by shooting 4 out of 15 and finished the game at 16 out of 23 at the free throw line (69.6%). The Huskies permitted DePaul to convert 15 out of their 52 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 28.8% in the game. In all, the Huskies ended up going 22 out of 59 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 37.3%. In the matter of shooting from downtown, Connecticut converted 2 out of their 15 tries (13.3%). They were able to make 11 of the free throws for a clip of 73.3%. DePaul was called for 19 personal fouls in this contest which took the Huskies to the free throw line for 15 attempts. They turned it over 12 times, while recording 5 steals in this game. The Huskies were able to pull down 27 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds for a total of 41 for the game.
R.J. Cole was important for the Huskies in the game. He knocked down 9 out of 17 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 52.9%, and had 5 rebounds. He scored 25 points in his 34 mins of playing time and tallied 1 assist in this contest.
Connecticut has a mark of 15-4 on the year. The Huskies have committed 17.8 personal fouls per game and they go 74.6% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 15.1 times per contest (59th in the nation) and they turn the ball over 12.4 times per contest. Connecticut has 1,508 pts on the campaign (79.4 per contest) and they snag 42.3 boards per contest. As an offensive unit, the Huskies are hitting on 44.2% from the floor, which is ranked 184th in college basketball.
The Huskies on defense are ranked 52nd in the nation in points given up per game with 64.0. They are able to force 14.2 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 38.5% from the field (15th in Division 1). The Connecticut defense surrenders 33.5% on shots from beyond the arc (115 of 343) and their opponents are making 65.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 9.8 dimes and 33.9 rebounds per contest, which ranks 20th and 139th in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Connecticut
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