Creighton Bluejays vs Xavier Musketeers Prediction, 1/11/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Creighton Bluejays vs Xavier Musketeers
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Location: Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH
TV: Youtube TV
Cintas Center is the site where the Xavier Musketeers (13-3) will take on the Creighton Bluejays (9-7) on Wednesday.
The Creighton Bluejays took the court against Connecticut and went home with a loss by a final score of 69-60 in their last game. In regard to personal fouls, the Bluejays ended up with 17 while Connecticut totaled 19 personal fouls. They knocked down 8 of 24 attempts from downtown. Connecticut finished 82.6% from the free throw line by making 19 of their 23 attempts. In addition, Connecticut collected 31 boards (9 offensive, 22 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Connecticut doled out 8 assists and had 6 steals in this matchup. With regard to defending, Creighton allowed the other team to go 35.0% from the floor on 21 of 60 shooting. They also doled out 5 assists for the game in addition to creating 4 turnovers and earning 1 steal. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 40 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. At the charity stripe, the Bluejays buried 18 of their 23 attempts for a percentage of 78.3%. Creighton wrapped up the game with a 32.8% field goal percentage (20 out of 61) and converted 2 of their 16 3-point shots.
Arthur Kaluma is one guy who came through in the game. He accounted for 14 points on 5 of 16 shooting. He was on the court for 39 mins played and also pulled down 16 rebounds. He finished the game shooting 31.3% from the floor but had no assists when the time ran out.
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Creighton comes into this game with a mark of 9-7 this season. They are averaging 76.1 pts per contest (94th in the country) on 46.3% from the field. The Bluejays are shooting 35.3% on shots from distance (142 of 402) and 72.0% from the charity stripe. As a team, Creighton is collecting 38.1 boards per game and has 256 dimes this season, which ranks 54th in the nation in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 11.9 times per game and as a squad are committing 12.9 personal fouls per contest.
When they are on defense, the Bluejays are forcing 10.9 turnovers every game while drawing 16.3 fouls. They are relinquishing 32.9% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 144th in college hoops in PPG allowed (67.6). The Bluejays defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 42.3% (427 of 1,010) and they surrender 33.8 boards per game as a group. They are currently ranked 178th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 201 conceded so far this year.
The last time they took the court, the Xavier Musketeers got the victory with a final of 88-80 when they faced Villanova. The Musketeers pulled down 31 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive rebounds for a total of 35 for the contest. They also coughed up the ball 14 times, while recording 5 steals for this game. Villanova was called for 20 personal fouls for this contest which got the Musketeers to the charity stripe for 21 shots. They were able to knock down 17 of them for a percentage of 81.0%. With regard to shooting from 3-point land, Xavier buried 9 out of their 19 tries (47.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Musketeers ended up shooting 31 for 57 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 54.4%. The Musketeers allowed Villanova to bury 32 out of their 74 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.2% for this contest. They went 28.1% from beyond the arc via 9 out of 32 and ended up going 7 out of 7 from the charity stripe (100.0%). When talking about cleaning the glass, Xavier allowed Villanova to grab 25 in total (8 offensive).
Zach Freemantle ended up being a factor for the Musketeers in this game. He knocked down 12 of 17 for the contest giving him a rate of 70.6%, and had 11 rebounds. He racked up 29 points in his 34 mins of playing time and tallied 4 assists for this game.
Xavier has a win-loss record of 13-3 for the year. The Musketeers are responsible for committing 16.7 fouls per game and they shoot 73.1% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 21.1 times per game (1st in the nation) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.0 times per contest. Xavier has tallied 1,345 points this season (84.1 per contest) and they collect 37.7 boards per game. As an offensive team, the Musketeers are shooting 51.0% from the floor, which ranks 3rd in D-1.
The Xavier defense concedes 36.3% on three-point shots (123 of 339) and opponents are making 67.9% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 14.8 dimes and 32.0 rebounds every game, which is 313th and 69th in college basketball. The Musketeers on defense are ranked 314th in D-1 in points given up per game with 74.3. They are forcing 13.5 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 43.8% from the floor (232nd in college hoops).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Xavier
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