Creighton vs. Northern Iowa Free Pick
GAME INFO: Last game: NORTHERN IOWA (+1.5) over Creighton, 65-62. Northern Iowa (9-8 SU, 7-9 ATS) has been inconsistent lately, as they have not won two straight since early December. They are coming off a rout of Bradley, 84-53, giving 7.5 on Saturday. Creighton has won 10 straight games including a 74-52 rout over Missouri State, giving 14 on Friday. The Panthers travel to the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska to take on Creighton at 8pmET.
LINE MOVEMENT: Creighton opened as a 13.5-point favorite and moved to 11 in
most books. The total started at 132.5 and remained there in most books.
NCAA FREE PICK: Take Creighton. According to the latest college basketball trends, Northern Iowa Panthers are 4-10-2 ATS in their last 16 road games, 2-5-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. Missouri Valley and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. Creighton is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win, 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games overall, 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games following a SU win of more than 20 points and is 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 home games.
Creighton is led by star forward Doug McDermott, who averages 23.6 points per game and 7.4 rebounds. McDermott scored a season-high 39 points in a 74-52 victory over Missouri State on Friday to boost Creighton's winning streak to 10, including five straight conference games. McDermott made 15 of 19 field-goal attempts and added 10 rebounds against Missouri State. Senior center Gregory Echenique is averaging 10.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and shooting 67.6 percent from the field. The Blue Jays also have revenge on their minds after losing at Northern Iowa last year. The Blue Jays are an unselfish team as they rank amongst the nation's leaders with 18.2 assists per game. That may also explain why the Blue Jays are eighth in the MWC with 54.2 shots per game, but they rank second in the nation in field-goal percentage (52.2) and first from 3-point range at 45.2. The Panthers won't have an answer thisyear for McDermott and company.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL FREE PICK: CREIGHTON BLUEJAYS -13.5