Creighton vs. Providence Pick

Big East Tournament Picks: Creighton Bluejays vs. Providence Friars 3/9/17

Which team will punch its ticket to the Big East Tournament semifinals when Providence and Creighton meet up tonight at 9:30PM ET?

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Creighton is the slight favorite in today’s game, as the Bluejays are getting odds of -2.5 points against the Friars. The over/under total for the game is listed at 144 points. These two split the season series, 1-1, with the road team actually winning both games. Today’s game takes place from Madison Square Garden in New York.

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Providence is the third seed in this week’s tournament thanks to a 10-8 Big East record and some tiebreakers. The Friars were 20-11 during the regular season and 20-11 against the spread. Providence has won six straight entering this week, including a 68-66 win at Creighton. The Friars are also 8-1 ATS in their last nine. Providence averages 70.6 points per game this season while allowing 66.5. Rodney Bullock is averaging 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game to lead Providence, while Emmitt Holt adds 12.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

Creighton is the sixth seed in the Big East Tournament. The Bluejays were 23-8 overall this season and 10-8 in the Big East. The Bluejays were 18-11 against the spread this season as well, but are just 2-4 ATS in their last six games. Creighton averages an impressive 82.9 points per game while allowing 73.1 per contest this season. Marcus Foster is leading the team with 18.5 points per game while Justin Patton is adding 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

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Creighton has been struggling somewhat since losing Maurice Watson Jr. for the season. He was averaging 12.9 points and 8.5 assists per game. That is a lot of production for the team to lose. Meanwhile, Providence has been rolling along. The Friars are going to make this a competitive game and when it comes down to the wire, I trust them to make more plays than the short-handed Bluejays.

 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: PROVIDENCE +2.5

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