Creighton vs. Villanova Pick
Can No. 2 Villanova hold off No. 23 Creighton when the two meet up today at 3PM ET in Big East action?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Villanova is favored at home, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -10.5 points against Creighton. The over/under total for the game is listed at 152 points. Villanova has won five straight in this series, including an 80-70 win at Creighton on Dec. 31.
Creighton is coming off a 68-66 loss to Providence at home. The Bluejays are 22-6 on the season and 9-6 in the Big East. Creighton is also 17-9 against the spread on the season and an impressive 9-3 ATS on the road. Creighton averages 83.6 points per game on offense while allowing 72.4 on defense. When on the road, the offensive average dips to 78.8 per game, but the defensive average improves to 70.3 per game. Marcus Foster is leading the team with 18.6 points per game while Justin Patton is adding 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Maurice Watson Jr. was averaging 12.9 points and 8.5 assists per game, but he is out for the season with a knee injury.
Villanova is coming off a 74-66 loss at home to Butler to snap a 7-game winning streak. The Wildcats are now 26-3 on the season and 13-3 in the Big East. They are just 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 and 14-14 ATS on the season. Nova is averaging 77.4 points per game on offense while allowing 63.3 per game on defense. Josh Hart is leading the team with 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while Jalen Brunson is adding 14.9 points and 4.4 assists per contest.
While Villanova was winning prior to the loss to Butler, the Wildcats weren’t covering very often, especially at home. They have failed to cover in five straight at home and now welcome in a tough Creighton team that is also coming off a loss. Nova is just 1-1 ATS after a loss this season, while the Bluejays are 4-1 ATS following a loss. Look for Creighton to continue to be tough on the road and keep this game close, if not pull off the upset.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: CREIGHTON +10.5