Betting on Creighton vs Xavier NCAAB Spread

Posted by Eric Williams on Friday,March 4, 2016 4:23, EST in

With the Creighton Bluejays struggling mightily and fifth-ranked Xavier looking to bounce back from a stunning loss in their last contest, I believe the Musketeers are a virtual lock selection to take down their Big East rival and improve their chances of getting a high seed in the quickly approaching March Madness championship tournament. Now, let’s find out how much the Musketeers are going to win this College Hoops betting contest by.

How to Bet the Creighton vs. Xavier NCAAB Odds & TV Info

When: Saturday March 5, 2:30 PM  ET
Where: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
TV: FOX, FSN
Radio: 700WLW
TV Stream: FoxSportsGo
NCAAB Odds: TBA

Why Bet the Creighton Bluejays

Creighton (18-12 SU, 17-12 ATS) doesn’t look like a really good pick in this contest seeing as how they’ve lost three of their last four games including their narrow 70-66 loss against Providence as a 3-point road dog on Wednesday.

The Bluejays got a team-high 26 points from James Milliken but only one other player reached double figures in scoring in the loss. The Bluejays are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games following an SU loss and average 79.3 points per game while allowing 71.9 points per contest defensively.

Why Bet the Xavier Musketeers

The Musketeers (25-4 SU, 18-11 ATS) look like a great pick because they got stunned the last time out. Just one game after beating No. 1 Villanova, Xavier had their four-game winning streak snapped in their shocking 90-81 loss against Seton Hall on Monday while failing to cover the spread as a 1.5-point road favorite.

Guard Trevon Bluiett, the Big East Conference’s Player of the Week and forward James Farr both scored 17 points to lead Xavier. “To me the last eight minutes of the (first) half was our undoing,” Xavier coach Chris Mack said. “We were down four or five points, we missed a couple of free throws and our inability to keep them off the glass and out of transition- that to me was the game.

The Musketeers are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games against a team with a winning straight up record and average 80.4 points per game while limiting the opposition to just 69.7 points per contest defensively.

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Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

While the Creighton Bluejays are certainly no pushovers, they are also facing an uphill battle in trying to beat a superior Xavier team that is going to bring its collective ‘A game after falling to Seton Hall the last time out. I know the Bluejays are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings, but the home team in this Big East rivalry is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings while Xavier has compiled a blistering 10-4 ATS mark in their last 14 home games.

If the point spread for this contest stays under a half-dozen points, I say back Xavier to win and cash in. If the spread tops six points, I like Creighton to cover.

My final score prediction: Xavier 78 Creighton 72