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Count On UConn To Cover Against Big East rival Creighton

After a treacherous week for top-ranked teams, UConn prevailed unscathed and is No. 1 in the AP poll. The Huskies’ first game as top dogs is a Big East showdown against No. 18 Creighton. The college basketball betting odds have UConn as 6½-point favorites.

 

Count On UConn To Cover Against Big East rival Creighton
Count On UConn To Cover Against Big East rival Creighton

Creighton vs UConn Game Information

1. Game: Creighton (13-4, 4-2 Big East) at UConn (15-2, 5-1)
2. Location: Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn.
3. Date/Time: Jan. 17, 7 p.m.
4. Creighton vs UConn Live Stream: TBS.com

 

After dropping its first conference game to Seton Hall, UConn is on a five-game winning streak. It has only beaten Creighton once outright in seven meetings since rejoining the Big East. The matchup represents the top two teams in the Big East in scoring defense. Read on to discover our college basketball predictions.

Creighton vs UConn Odds and Spreads

 

  • The Huskies are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games as a home favorite of ½ to 6 ½.
  • The Bluejays are 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a team with a win percentage above .600.
  • The Bluejays are 0-4 ATS in their last four games as a road underdog.
  • The Bluejays are 0-4 ATS in their last four games as an underdog.
  • The under has cashed in the Bluejays last six games.
  • The under is 5-0 in the last five meetings.
  • The under is 5-0 in the Huskies last five games against a team with a winning SU record.
  • The last five Bluejays road games have gone under.

 

Against The Spread Pick: UConn -6½

Despite being without star sophomore center Donovan Clingan, the Huskies are 5-0 in his absence. Forward Alex Karaban has stepped up, averaging 19.3 points in the last four games while making 16 of 24 from 3-point range.The 6-foot-8 stretch four has also been forced to step into the five in a small-ball lineup. But Clingan’s return seems imminent, possibly Wednesday.

This could set up a showdown between Clingan and Bluejays center Ryan Kalkbrenner, who averages 15.9 points while bringing in 7.4 rebounds. But the 7-foot-4 Clingan shoots 63.4 percent from the floor and is a defensive presence in the paint.

Being without Clingan has put the Huskies’ depth on display. Senior Cam Spencer leads the team with 15.6 per game while shooting 46.8 percent from 3. While senior point guard Tristen Newton has cooled off in terms of scoring, he still leads the team in rebounding and assists. NBA draft lottery prospect Stephon Castle has stepped up in Big East play, reaching double figures in each of the last four games while averaging more than five rebounds and assists during that stretch.

As for Creighton, South Dakota State transfer Baylor Scheierman leads the team with 18 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Trey Alexander is the third Bluejay that averages more than 15 points.

The return of Clingan could inject life into a battle-tested Huskies lineup and will help neutralize one of the conference’s best in Kalkbrenner. Our college basketball picks today include UConn covering the 6½-point college basketball spread.

 

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Creighton vs UConn Score Prediction

UConn 74, Creighton 66

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Is UConn the favorite to win the Big East regular-season title?


Yes. The defending national champions are tied atop the Big East standings.

Will Ryan Kalkbrenner have more than 12 rebounds in this game?


No. While Kalkbrenner has brought in 12 or more rebounds three times this season, he’s only done it once in the last nine games.

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