Wagner vs. Creighton Prediction
Oddsmakers aren't giving Wagner much chance to beat Creighton in the second round of the NIT today, but will the Hawks at least cover?
The Bluejays opened as 15-point favorites for today's game and that's where the line is right now according to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv. As for the total, the number opened at 144 and that's where it currently sits.
Wagner has won 8 of 10 and is 2-2 against the spread in its last four lined games, while Creighton is just 5-5 over its last 10 contests but covered in six of those games. The Hawks enter today's game with a 23-10 record while the Bluejays are 19-14 overall and 11-6 against the spread in their lined home games in 2015-16.
This is a big number but Creighton looks plenty determined to run through the NIT after failing to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The Bluejays waxed Alabama 72-54 in the opening round of the NIT and covered easily as an 8.5-point favorite. Guard Maurice Watson Jr. scored 20 points in the victory while Khyri Thomas chipped in 15 points and Geoffrey Groselle grabbed 14 boards.
The Bluejays have covered the spread in four of their last five home games and are 5-1 ATS in their last six non-conference games. They're also 10-1 against the number in their last 11 home games versus a team with a road winning percentage of greater than .600 while the Seahawks have failed to cover in four of their last five games coming off a win. In fact, Wagner is 2-6 against the spread in its last eight games overall as well.
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