Marquette Bidding to Sweep Season Series
This should be a fun one as Marquette looks to remain in sole possession of first place in the Big East with a challenging road game at Creighton.
The teams are ranked second and third in the Big East in field goal percentage with Marquette taking 51 more shots than Creighton has in the same number of games.
Marquette is ranked third nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency according to the kenpom.com database. Creighton ranks 11th in adjusted defensive efficiency.
Marquette is one of two teams in the Big East with a winning record on the road. However, Creighton is 12-1 at home and has won eight games in a row at home.
Emarion Ellis, who has yet to play this season, is questionable for Marquette while Zach Wrightsil is out for the season.
Francisco Farabello returned for the St. John’s game after missing two weeks for the Bluejays, who are about as healthy as they have been all season.
Marquette moved up one spot to No. 9 in the coaches’ poll and went from 11th to 10th in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. Creighton is 19th in both polls.
According to the college basketball odds, Creighton is (+2500) is tied for 10th in the odds to win the national title. Marquette (+4000) is tied for 18th. Marquette (-170) is favored in the odds to win the Big East title while Creighton (+225) has the second-best odds.
Creighton is 13th and Marquette 14th in the latest NCAA NET rankings so neither team needs this game to be included in the March Madness bracket. However, a win will help both of these squads as both the Bluejays and Golden Eagles are .500 in Quad 1 games.
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Mitchell Coming on Strong
When it comes to the options for the second-leading offensive team in the Big East, Marquette sophomore guard Stevie Mitchell tends to be overlooked.
However, if not for Mitchell scoring 17 points, the Golden Eagles would be heading into Tuesday’s matchup in a tie for first in the Big East rather than having the top spot all to itself.
With so much attention paid to fellow starting guard Tyler Kolek, who is averaging 17.2 points with 12 3-pointers over his last six games, there is room for Mitchell to operate.
Mitchell and Kolek were 3 of 11 from the field (1 of 5 on 3-pointers) in the first meeting this season and Marquette still won comfortably so that is not good news for the Bluejays.
Marquette has covered against the college basketball betting lines in 10 of its last 14 games.
What’s In Reserve?
Creighton could very easily be taking a 10-game winning streak into this game, with the only blemish over that span being a double-overtime loss to Providence. Creighton led by six points in that game.
A lack of depth came back to haunt the Bluejays in that matchup with all five starters playing at least 45 minutes and Creighton managing just four bench points.
Creighton got 20 points off the bench the last time out against St. John’s with Shereef Mitchell scoring a season-high nine points (two more than he had in the previous five games combined) and freshman Mason Miller matching his season high with eight points.
When the teams met in December, the Bluejays’ reserves were outscored 21-7.
Creighton is 2-4 against the Las Vegas odds in its last six games.
Marquette vs Creighton Game Injuries
Marquette vs Creighton Head-to-Head
Marquette snapped a four-game losing streak to Creighton with a 69-58 win at home on Dec. 16 as a four-point favorite. Oso Ighodaro led the way with 16 points.
It was the second straight win by the home team in the series after six of the previous seven games played in the regular season were won by the visiting team.
Marquette vs Creighton Game Information
- Game: Marquette (21-6, 13-3 Big East) vs Creighton (18-9, 12-4)
- Location: CHI Health Center, Omaha, NE
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 8:30 p.m. ET
- Marquette vs Creighton Live Stream: TBS.com
Marquette vs Creighton State Betting Lines
Marquette vs Creighton Picks and Prediction
Marquette ranks near the bottom of the Big East in rebounding margin. However, the Golden Eagles held their own in that department in the first meeting. Creighton will look to change that in the rematch.
When the teams met in December, the Golden Eagles and Bluejays were a combined 10 of 41 from 3-point range and 13 of 19 from the foul line, so most of the scoring took place inside the 3-point line. The 18 turnovers were too much to overcome for Creighton.
Marquette leads the conference in steals and turnover margin. Can the Golden Eagles fluster Creighton point guard Ryan Nembhard, who has 21 assists and just nine turnovers in his last six games?
Creighton is 18-4 when listed as the favorite by the sportsbook while Marquette is just 3-4 as the underdog.
Marquette has covered in seven of its 10 road games. Creighton is just 6-7 against the spread at home.
Marquette is listed at +185 in our Las Vegas college basketball lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Golden Eagles, you have a chance to win $185. Creighton is -225, offering a chance to win $44 on a $100 wager. The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Marquette a 35.09% chance to win, with Creighton at 69.23%.
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.