UC Riverside Highlanders vs Creighton Bluejays Prediction, 11/17/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: UC Riverside Highlanders vs Creighton Bluejays
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2022
Location: CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, NE
The UC Riverside Highlanders (1-1) are hitting the road to CHI Health Center Omaha on Thursday where they will go up against the Creighton Bluejays (3-0).
The UC Riverside Highlanders faced Loyola Marymount and walked away with a win by a score of 81-79 in their last game. UC Riverside walked away from the contest having earned a 50.9% field goal percentage (28 out of 55) and converted 5 out of their 14 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Highlanders buried 20 of their 29 shots for a percentage of 69.0%. When discussing getting rebounds, they collected a total of 28 with 6 of them being offensive. They also dished out 13 assists for the contest in addition to forcing 12 turnovers and earning 6 steals. Regarding the defense, UC Riverside allowed the other team to go 49.2% from the field on 31 of 63 shooting. Loyola Marymount totaled 13 dimes and had 7 steals in the game. Furthermore, Loyola Marymount collected 27 rebounds (4 offensive, 23 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Loyola Marymount finished the game at 60.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 6 of their 10 tries. They buried 11 of 27 shots from beyond the perimeter. Concerning fouls, the Highlanders left the arena with 19 and Loyola Marymount accounted for 21 fouls.
Zyon Pullin is a guy who was a major factor in this contest. He notched 23 points on 8 of 15 shooting. He played 36 mins and grabbed 3 boards. He went 53.3% from the field and also dished out 6 dimes.
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UC Riverside heads into this matchup with a record of 1-1 for the season. They are losing possession via turnover 15.0 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 20.5 fouls per game. As a team, UC Riverside is collecting 40.5 rebounds per contest and has earned 20 dimes this season, which ranks 356th in college hoops in terms of passing. The Highlanders are connecting on 25.7% on shots beyond the perimeter (9 of 35) and 61.5% from the free throw line. They have an average of 73.5 pts per contest (204th in D-1) while connecting on 44.9% from the floor.
Defensively, the Highlanders are able to force 12.5 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 16.5 personal fouls. They are ranked 112th in the nation in allowing assists to the opposition with 28 relinquished so far this year. Highlanders defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 48.0% (61 of 127) and they concede 36.0 boards per contest as a squad. They give up 42.5% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 332nd in the country in opponents PPG (80.5).
The last time they took the court, the Creighton Bluejays went home victorious with a score of 94-65 when they faced Holy Cross. When talking about how they rebounded, Creighton allowed Holy Cross to pull down 26 overall (5 offensive). They finished 47.1% from distance by connecting on 8 out of 17 and finished the game at 7 out of 10 from the free throw line (70.0%). The Bluejays allowed Holy Cross to knock down 25 of 62 attempts from the field which had them shooting 40.3% for the contest. At the conclusion of this game, the Bluejays walked away from this one shooting 37 out of 64 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 57.8%. In the matter of 3-pointers, Creighton made 12 of their 32 attempts (37.5%). They were able to convert 8 of them for a percentage of 47.1%. Holy Cross committed 18 fouls in the matchup which got the Bluejays to the charity stripe for 17 shots. They coughed up the ball 8 times, while earning 6 steals for the game. The Bluejays recorded 32 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 40 in the game.
Ryan Kalkbrenner ended up being a factor for the Bluejays for this contest. He racked up 22 points in his 20 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 1 assist in this matchup. He converted 10 out of 10 for this game for a field goal percentage of 100.0%, and had 3 rebounds.
Creighton has a win-loss mark of 3-0 on the year. As an offensive unit, the Bluejays are shooting 49.5% from the floor, which is 63rd in college basketball. Creighton has scored 262 points for the campaign (87.3 per contest) and they collect 43.3 boards per contest. They are getting an assist 20.0 times per game (20th in college basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 8.3 times per game. The Bluejays are committing 10.7 fouls every game and they shoot 66.7% from the free throw line.
The Bluejays are ranked 99th in the nation in points per game surrendered with 62.0. They are able to force 13.3 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 42.5% from the floor (205th in Division 1). The Creighton defense gives up 46.3% on shots from beyond the arc (25 of 54) and opponents are knocking down 65.0% of their foul shots. They give up 10.7 assists and 27.3 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 118th and 18th in those categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take UC Riverside
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