Creighton Bluejays vs UConn Huskies Prediction, 1/7/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Creighton Bluejays vs UConn Huskies
Date: Saturday, January 7, 2023
Location: Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT
TV: Youtube TV
The Creighton Bluejays (9-6) are headed to Gampel Pavilion on Saturday where they will try to defeat the UConn Huskies (14-1).
The Creighton Bluejays faced off with Seton Hall and walked away with a win by a score of 83-61 in their last game. With respect to personal fouls, the Bluejays left the arena with 16 while Seton Hall finished the game with 16 personal fouls. They also converted 5 out of their 19 attempts from long range. Seton Hall ended up shooting 85.7% from the charity stripe by knocking down 12 of 14 tries. On top of that, Seton Hall had 29 rebounds (9 offensive, 20 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Seton Hall earned 8 assists and had 3 steals in this game. When discussing defending, Creighton allowed the other team to go 36.7% from the floor on 22 of 60 shooting. They also dished out 22 dimes in the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and getting 5 steals. When talking about getting rebounds, they earned 33 with 7 of them being offensive. When they shot from the free throw line, the Bluejays made 14 of 17 shots for a rate of 82.4%. Creighton walked away from the game with a 50.9% FG percentage (29 of 57) and buried 11 of their 27 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Ryan Kalkbrenner is one player who was important in this contest. He walked away from this one shooting 77.8% from the field and also totaled 2 assists. He was on the hardwood for 26 mins played and collected 8 rebounds. He recorded 17 points on 7 out of 9 shooting.
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Creighton steps onto the court with a record of 9-6 so far this season. They average 77.1 pts per game (82nd in D-1) while hitting 47.2% from the field. The Bluejays are shooting 36.3% on three-point shots (140 of 386) and 71.4% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Creighton is pulling in 37.3 rebounds per game and has accounted for 251 dimes for the campaign, which ranks 23rd in the nation in terms of passing. They cough up possession 11.8 times per contest and as a team they commit 12.6 personal fouls per contest.
When they are on defense, the Bluejays are able to force 11.3 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 16.1 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 238th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 193 surrendered this year. The Bluejays defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 42.7% (406 of 950) and they relinquish 33.8 boards per game as a basketball team. They give up 32.9% on three-point shots and they are 141st in the country in PPG allowed (67.5).
In their last game, the UConn Huskies took a loss by a final score of 73-61 against Providence. The Huskies collected 20 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive rebounds totaling 37 in this contest. They coughed it up 8 times, while recording 6 steals in the matchup. Providence was called for 20 personal fouls in the game which took the Huskies to the charity stripe for a total of 19 shots. They were able to make 10 of them for a clip of 52.6%. With respect to 3-pointers, UConn converted 5 of 22 attempts (22.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Huskies went 23 out of 63 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 36.5%. The Huskies allowed Providence to bury 18 of their 49 attempts from the field which had them shooting 36.7% in this game. They finished shooting 44.4% from three-point range by shooting 8 of 18 and walked away from this one shooting 29 of 35 at the free throw line (82.9%). When talking about cleaning the glass, UConn allowed Providence to snag 37 overall (11 offensive).
Jordan Hawkins was important for the Huskies for the matchup. He made 5 out of 14 for this contest for a rate of 35.7%, and had 6 rebounds. He earned 15 points in his 33 mins on the court and had 2 assists for this contest.
UConn has a win-loss record of 14-1 for the year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Huskies are hitting on 47.6% from the field, which has them ranked 53rd in college basketball. UConn has accounted for 1,234 points on the year (82.3 per contest) and they snag 39.0 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 19.1 times per game (7th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 12.7 times per game. The Huskies commit 18.3 fouls per contest and they connect on 74.7% from the free throw line.
The Huskies defensively are ranked 22nd in the country in points given up per game with 60.7. They are able to force 16.0 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 39.4% from the field (33rd in Division 1). The UConn defense gives up 26.8% from downtown (56 of 209) and opponents are converting on 72.6% of their free throw shots. They surrender 8.1 dimes and 29.9 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 5th and 12th in the country.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take UConn
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