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NCAAB Games Today: Bet Creighton at Home vs Xavier

Xavier will travel to face No.17 Creighton in Big East play after both teams won their last game but did not do so decisively. That makes the handicapping for this game more interesting, with the matchup being closer than expected by our college basketball lines.

In Xavier’s last game, they beat Georgetown, 92-91, needing a big offensive performance as 12-point favorites. Creighton had to face a hot Seton Hall on the road, going into three overtimes before they eventually won 97-94.

NCAAB Games Today: Bet Creighton at Home vs Xavier
NCAAB Games Today: Bet Creighton at Home vs Xavier

Xavier vs Creighton Game Information

  1. Game: Xavier (10-8, 4-3 Big East) vs. No.17 Creighton (14-5, 5-3)
  2. Location: CHI Health Center Omaha, Omaha, NE
  3. Day/Time: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 8:30 p.m. ET
  4. Xavier vs Creighton Live Stream: TBS.com

 

This game could be interesting for NCAAB picks, with Creighton being a ranked team that has shown some weaknesses. However, it does not seem like Xavier will be the team to take advantage of that.

The teams will meet today, Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 8:30 pm ET. You can watch the game on FS1.

Xavier vs Creighton Odds and Spreads

Xavier vs Creighton Score Prediction

Creighton 83, Xavier 73

  1. Bluejays are 5-0 ATS in their last five games as a home favorite of 13.0 or greater.
  2. The Over is 4-0 in Creighton’s last four games as an underdog of 13.0 or greater.
  3. The Over is 4-0 in Xavier’s last four overall.
  4. The Over is 8-1-1 in Xavier’s last 10 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game.
  5. Xavier is 0-5 ATS in their last five games as an underdog.
  6. Xavier is 4-0 ATS in their last four games as an underdog of 13.0 or greater.
  7. The Under is 6-0 in Creighton’s last six games following a straight-up win.
  8. Creighton is 0-4 ATS in their last four home games.

 

ATS Pick: Creighton -8½

The Bluejays have only covered three times ATS in the last 10 games, all coming during Big East play.

However, this game has the potential to be different, given how Creighton won in its last game. Even though the game went into three overtimes, Creighton still had to defeat one of the hottest teams in the conference. At the time, Seton Hall had won its last five games, two against ranked opponents, and Creighton seemed to be next.

Instead, Ryan Kalkbrenner had an impressive game, playing 54 minutes, with 28 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks. He was far from the only player with a big game, as Baylor Scheierman and Trey Alexander combined for 43 points.

That win was a gritty showing for Creighton, building confidence. Meanwhile, Xavier was favored to beat Georgetown, who has one win in Big East play, by double digits but was forced into a tight game. That should help lean college basketball picks in favor of Creighton.

Over/Under Pick: Over 149½

Sure, Creighton got some help by playing three overtimes, but the team still scored 90+ points, while Xavier did so in regular time.

Creighton’s three biggest offensive threats, Kalkbrenner, Scheierman, and Alexander, average over 16 points per game. That has helped the Bluejays have the third-highest points per game in the Big East at 79.2.

On top of that, Xavier doesn’t lack offensive talent. The Musketeers are averaging the most points per game through seven conference games (77.4), led by Quincy Olivari and Desmond Claude. Olivari had 28 points in the win over Georgetown, while Claude added 19.

Player Prop Pick: Ryan Kalkbrenner Over 18½ Points (-108)

Ryan Kalkbrenner is already averaging 16.6 points per game and will face a Xavier team without much height. That could lead to another big-time performance from Creighton’s center.

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Questions Of The Day

Can Xavier’s defense hold up against Creighton?


After giving up 90+ points in 40 minutes against a subpar offense, Xavier should be worried about facing Creighton.

Does Creighton’s offense need Ryan Kalkbrenner to succeed?


Despite the success of Creighton’s offense, it relies on only three players, Baylor Scheierman, Trey Alexander, and Ryan Kalkbrenner, all averaging double-digit scoring per game.

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