The No. 23 Creighton Bluejays (18-6, 7-4 Big East) travel to Seton Hall to take on the No. 10 Pirates (18-5, 10-1 Big East) in a matchup that pits phenomenal offense against stifling defense. The game is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.
Creighton Bluejays vs. Seton Hall Pirates ATS Prediction
The Bluejays come in on a high note after topping the St. John’s Red Storm in their last outing, 94-82. Creighton’s free throw rate was their largest advantage over St. John’s. The Bluejays had a rate of 0.190 (matching their season average), while the Red Storm posted a mark of 0.122 (below their season average of 0.217). Creighton was lifted by Marcus Zegarowski, who led the team in scoring with 23 points on 9-for-16 shooting.
In the Pirates’ last outing, they beat the No. 10 Villanova Wildcats, 70-64. The Pirates held the Wildcats to an offensive rebounding percentage of 17.9 (below their season average of 27.2). The Wildcats had a free throw rate of 0.180 (below their season average of 0.213). With 17 points and eight rebounds, Sandro Mamukelashvili played well for Seton Hall.
After the Pirates won both contests against the Bluejays last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the most recent contest, Seton Hall won 81-75. Seton Hall’s 0.590 effective field goal percentage was its biggest strength over Creighton, who had a mark of 0.508.
This battle pits one of the NCAA’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses. Creighton ranks 27th in offensive efficiency and Seton Hall ranks 31st in defensive efficiency.
Creighton Bluejays vs. Seton Hall Pirates Free Pick
Free Prediction: ATS Winner – Creighton, O/U – Under
Seton Hall ranks third in blocks per game (6.6) while Creighton ranks 195th (2.3).
The Pirates rank 73rd in rebounds per game (37.8) while the Bluejays rank 227th in rebounds allowed per game (37.1).
Creighton ranks eighth in steals allowed per game (4.6) while Seton Hall ranks 129th (6.6).
The Pirates average 23.1 three pointers per game, which ranks 109th in the NCAA. The Bluejays rank 216th in three pointers allowed per game (23.7).
Seton Hall ranks 80th in assists per game (14.3) while Creighton ranks 149th in assists allowed per game (12.7).
The Bluejays’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.2, down from 7.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Pirates have scored an average of 69.4 points per game (4.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.0 points per game (0.6 above their season average).