Creighton Facing Its Fourth Ranked Foe in a Row
Both Creighton and Texas have had some challenging early-season assignments. Texas opened more than a few eyes with a 93-74 win over then-No. 2 Gonzaga, while Creighton had a memorable trip to Hawaii with wins over ranked Texas Tech and Arkansas before suffering a two-point loss to Arizona at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.
This will be the fourth straight game against a ranked opponent for Creighton.
The game features two of the top three transfers according to the 247sports.com database. Tyrese Hunter, who headed from Iowa State to Texas, was the No. 2 rated transfer with Baylor Scheierman, who went from South Dakota State to Creighton, right behind at No. 3.
Texas (+1000) is second and Creighton (+2000) is tied for 10th in the odds to win the national title according to the college basketball playoff odds.
Texas moved up two spots to No. 2 in both the Associated Press and coaches’ polls as the Longhorns received 13 first-place votes in the two polls. Creighton comes in at No. 7 in both polls.
Let’s check the latest college basketball odds, stats, injury reports, and college basketball lines for Creighton vs Texas. We’ve plenty of NCAA basketball odds for you to consider.
More Shots Needed for Kalkbrenner
With Ryan Kalkbrenner’s 75.8% mark on field-goal attempts will grab people’s attention, there are some other numbers to consider when looking at Creighton’s top scorer.
How about eight, six, and six? Those are the attempted field goals against UC Riverside, Texas Tech, and Arizona. Creighton has a balanced offense with five players averaging more than 10 points per game. However, the 7-foot-1 junior should not be taking less than 10 shots per game.
He has plenty of help as sophomores Trey Alexander, Ryan Nembhard, and Arthur Kaluma combined for 46 points per game in the three games played in Hawaii. South Dakota State transfer Baylor Scheierman (12 points, 9.3 rebounds) is the other double-digit scorer for the favorites to win the Big East.
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Creighton has covered against the college basketball predictions in five of its last six games.
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Hunter Making His Presence Felt
Tyrese Hunter came to Texas with plenty of hype and has certainly proved worthy of attention.
Hunter has scored in double figures in all five games this season. His signature performance was a 26-point effort in a win over Gonzaga, as Hunter was 9 of 14 from the floor and 5 of 8 from 3-point range.
New Mexico State transfer Sir’Jabari Rice (11.4 points, 4 rebounds, 3.4 assists) and freshman Dillon Mitchell (7.8 points, 6.8 rebounds) are other newcomers making early contributions for the undefeated Longhorns.
Texas has failed to cover against the college basketball betting lines in its last six games against Big East teams.
Creighton vs Texas Game Injuries
Creighton vs Texas Head-to-Head
The only previous meeting came in the 1974 NCAA tournament, with Creighton winning 77-61.
Creighton is 1-2 in the first three years of the Big East/Big 12 Battle, with the win coming against Oklahoma in 2019, followed by losses to Kansas in 2020 and Iowa State 64-58.
The last time Texas hosted a game in the Big East/Big 12 Battle, the result was a 68-64 loss to Villanova in 2020.
Creighton vs Texas Game Information
- Game: Creighton (6-1) vs Texas (5-0)
- Location: Moody Center, Austin, Texas
- Day/Time: Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. ET
- Creighton vs Texas Live Stream: TBS.com
Creighton vs Texas Betting Lines
Creighton vs Texas Picks & Prediction
There are plenty of shoot-makers in this matchup, as both teams are shooting better than 50% from the field this season.
Texas relies on its defense as the Longhorns are not only ranked sixth nationally with an average of 52.8 points allowed per game, but the Longhorns also average 9.8 steals per game.
It is an intriguing matchup considering that Creighton is 10th nationally in field goal percentage and Texas is ninth in field goal percentage defense.
Texas is listed as the favorite for the sixth time in as many games this season while Creighton’s lone loss came when the Blue Jays were the underdogs in the sportsbook. Winning in Austin is no easy task, but the 6½-point line might be a little on the high side.
The Creighton Blue Jays are listed at +250 in our Vegas college basketball lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Blue Jays, you have a chance to win $250. The Texas Longhorns are -300, offering a chance to win $33 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Creighton a 28.57% chance to win, with Texas at 75.00%.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.