Creighton Bluejays vs San Diego State Aztecs Prediction, 3/17/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Creighton Bluejays vs San Diego State Aztecs
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022
Location: Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Creighton (+3)
The Creighton Bluejays (22-11) are en route to Dickies Arena on Thursday where they will compete against the San Diego State Aztecs (23-8). San Diego State opens this matchup as 3-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under has been set at 120.5.
The Creighton Bluejays stepped onto the hardwood against Villanova and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 54-48 in their last contest. Creighton finished the contest having earned a 32.8% field goal percentage (19 out of 58) and made 3 of their 29 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Bluejays buried 7 of their 10 attempts for a percentage of 70.0%. In relation to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 37 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 9 assists for the game as well as forcing the opposition into 8 turnovers and earning 3 steals. With respect to defense, Creighton allowed the other team to shoot 33.3% from the field on 19 out of 57 shooting. Villanova earned 9 dimes and had 6 steals for the game. Furthermore, Villanova collected 38 rebounds (9 offensive, 29 defensive), but didn't have a block. Villanova went 66.7% at the free throw line by making 8 of 12 attempts. They made 8 of 32 attempts from beyond the perimeter. When talking about personal fouls, the Bluejays finished with 13 while Villanova had 10 personal fouls.
Ryan Kalkbrenner is someone who had an impact for this contest. He went 72.7% from the field and also recorded 1 assist. He played 36 mins and totaled 8 boards. He totaled 19 points on 8 out of 11 shooting.
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Creighton will play this contest with a win-loss mark of 22-11 for the campaign. They average 69.0 pts per contest (230th in the country) while shooting 45.0% from the field. The Bluejays are connecting on 30.7% on shots from 3-point land (221 of 721) and 72.9% from the free throw line. As a unit, Creighton is pulling in 38.3 rebounds per contest and has earned 434 dimes for the campaign, which is 126th in the nation in terms of passing. They are turning it over 14.1 times per game and as a group are committing 13.4 fouls every game.
Defensively, the Bluejays have forced 10.6 turnovers per game while drawing 15.3 personal fouls. They are ranked 115th in college basketball in allowing assists with 369 conceded for the season. The Bluejays defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 39.5% (824 of 2,085) and they concede 35.5 rebounds per game as a unit. They are conceding 31.7% on 3-pointers while they are 82nd in college basketball in points per game allowed (65.9).
The last time they took the hardwood, the San Diego State Aztecs took a defeat with a final score of 53-52 against Boise State. The Aztecs collected 18 defensive boards and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 30 for the contest. They turned the ball over 10 times, while getting 5 steals in the matchup. Boise State had 15 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Aztecs to the charity stripe for 11 attempts. They were able to convert 6 of those for a percentage of 54.5%. With regard to shots from 3-point land, San Diego State made 6 of their 12 attempts (50.0%). When all was said and done, the Aztecs ended up going 20 out of 57 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 35.1%. The Aztecs allowed Boise State to convert 18 of their 47 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 38.3% for the game. They wrapped up this game 27.8% from distance via 5 out of 18 and ended up going 12 out of 21 at the free throw line (57.1%). In reference to cleaning the glass, San Diego State allowed Boise State to grab 33 in total (6 offensive).
Lamont Butler was important for the Aztecs in the game. He racked up 16 points in his 28 minutes on the hardwood and had 1 assist for this game. He converted 5 of 6 in this game for a field goal percentage of 83.3%, but wasn't able to snag a rebound.
San Diego State has a record of 23-8 for the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Aztecs are hitting on 43.3% from the floor, which has them ranked 230th in Division 1. San Diego State has earned 2,024 pts this year (65.3 per game) and they average 35.1 boards per game. They are earning an assist 11.9 times per contest (266th in college hoops) and they turn the ball over 12.7 times per game. The Aztecs have committed 17.4 personal fouls per game and they connect on 69.5% from the charity stripe.
The San Diego State defense gives up 30.4% on 3-pointers (191 of 629) and their opposition makes 67.3% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 10.4 dimes and 32.7 rebounds every game, which is ranked 29th and 85th in the nation. The Aztecs are ranked 2nd in Division 1 in points allowed per game with 57.7. They have forced 14.3 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 38.2% from the field (4th in the nation).
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Creighton (+3)
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