It will be a battle between Big East opponents when the Creighton Bluejays (15-5, 4-3 Big East) welcome the Xavier Musketeers (13-6, 2-4 Big East) to the CHI Health Center Omaha. The game is scheduled to get underway at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 26, 2020.
Xavier Musketeers vs. Creighton Bluejays Betting Prediction
In the Musketeers’ last matchup, they topped the Georgetown Hoyas, 66-57. The Musketeers held the Hoyas to an offensive rebounding percentage of 17.9 (below their season average of 34.7) and had a turnover percentage of 12.0 (better than their season average of 16.7). Tyrique Jones led the way for Xavier, contributing 10 points and 13 rebounds.
The Bluejays were victorious over the DePaul Blue Demons in their last game, 83-68. The Bluejays knocked down 23 of their 31 free throws (74.2 percent) and held the Blue Demons to an effective field goal percentage of 0.447 (below their season average of 0.519). Mitch Ballock was Creighton’s top scorer with 19 points on 5-for-12 shooting from the field.
This matchup pits one of the country’s top offenses against one of its elite defensesCreighton currently ranks 36th in effective field goal percentage (0.539), while Xavier is 33rd in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.449).
This is the second game of the season between these two squads. Naji Marshall led both teams with 21 points in the first matchup, in which the Musketeers lost 77-65. The Bluejays made 16 of their 19 free throws (84.2 percent) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.508 vs. 0.436).
Xavier Musketeers at Creighton Bluejays Pick
Pick: ATS Winner – Xavier, O/U – Under
Xavier ranks 49th in rebounds per game (38.9) while Creighton ranks 189th in rebounds allowed per game (36.5).
The Bluejays rank 14th in steals allowed per game (4.8) while the Musketeers rank 114th (6.5).
Xavier averages 21.6 three pointers per game, which ranks 164th in the nation. Creighton ranks 210th in three pointers allowed per game (23.6).
The Musketeers rank 73rd in assists per game (14.5) while the Bluejays rank 112th in assists allowed per game (12.2).
Xavier averages 4.0 blocks per game, which is ranked 63rd in the country. Creighton ranks 83rd in blocks allowed per game (3.2).
The Musketeers have been outscored by an average of 5.4 points in their last five games. On the season, Xavier has defeated opponents by an average of 4.9 points.
During their last five games, the Bluejays have scored an average of 75.4 points per game (2.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.8 points per game (1.6 above their season average).