- The Creighton Bluejays seek a second straight Big East crown you covered with all the odds and trends ahead of Wednesday night’s matchup at Finneran Pavilion
The battle for the top of the Big East conference standings heats up on Wednesday as the Creighton Bluejays visit the Villanova Wildcats as 3.5-point underdogs.
The as they visit the Villanova Wildcats
Both the Bluejays and Wildcats are coming off upset losses this past weekend We’ve got Bluejays are coming down a 77-69 road loss to Xavier, yet still get a handle on their very own postseason fate into the wake of Villanova’s stunning 73-61 loss that is upset Butler this past Sunday. Here’s a look at all the odds, trends, and clinching scenarios ahead of this Big that is crucial East, set for 8:30pm ET on Wednesday evening at Finneran Pavilion. Creighton vs Villanova Odds Team Spread Moneyline Total Creighton Bluejays +3.5 (-110) +135 O 148 (-110)
U 148 (-110)
*Odds taken at FoxBet on 03/02/2021.
Bluejays Control Destiny
The No. 14 Creighton Bluejays’ bid in order to complete atop the meeting standings appeared as if dashed with Saturday’s loss towards the Musketeers. The loss as 4-point road favorites snapped a four-game streak that is win and opened the door for Villanova to gain a clear edge in the race for first place.
The Big East standings heading into the final week of the season that is regular
Will the #Jays have actually another league-race comeback tale to commemorate? Or does Villanova hold them down? pic.twitter.com/ggpbvwvmu5
— Jon Nyatawa (@JonNyatawa) March 1, 2021
However, the Butler Bulldogs had other plans, increasing towards the event in’s date with the Wildcats to tally a decisive 73-61 win as 12-point home underdogs sunday. That win tilted the scales back in favor of the Bluejays. Creighton can now clinch a straight that is second East regular period name by publishing wins in Wednesday’s date with all the Wildcats and Saturday’s matchup with all the Bulldogs, while a victory by the Wildcats will secure top spot for Villanova.
Creighton Enjoying Road Success
Despite this weekend that is past loss to Xavier, the Bluejays have been largely steady producers on the road this season. Creighton tallied victories in four straight away victories prior to weekend that is last and sport a 7-3 record on the way in 2010. That success stretches to road dates while pegged as underdogs.
Creighton travels to Philadelphia and concludes #8 Villanova’s winning that is seven-game, 76-61. BlueJays should be back in the top 25 week that is next
Denzel Mahoney: 21 PTS, 3 REB
— CollegeBB Information (@CollegeBBNCAA) February 1, 2020
The Jays dropped a narrow 73-72 choice to Kansas inside their outing that is only this as road underdogs, but covered in that contest as 3.5-point dogs. That lifted the team to 6-1-1 ATS in their past eight as road underdogs, a run that has featured five outright victories, including season’s that is last rout of Villanova.
Stingy D Complementing Offense
While this weekend that is past loss to Xavier is a setback, the Bluejays have otherwise played stingy defense of late. The team limited opponents to an average of less than 60 points during their recent run that is 4-0 with every of the victories coming by double-digit margins.
#19 Creighton (+115) cruises to win an 86-70 W vs # 5 Villanova! Marcus Zegarowski completed with a game-high 25 points. #GoJays pic.twitter.com/gAwCrwP0wP
— SportsBettingDime (@SBD) February 14, 2021
The squad has additionally been getting contributions that are offensive across the lineup, with four Bluejays shooters reaching double-digits vs Xavier. Junior guard Marcus Zegarowski led the attack, recording his double-double that is second of period.
Now pegged at No. 12 in modified efficiency that is offensive Kenpom, Creighton also ran up the score in last month’s 86-70 road win over Villanova. Once again, it was Zegarowski leading the real method with a game-high 25 points, while Christian Bishop and Damien Jefferson each tallied double-doubles.
Wildcats Make an effort to Bounce straight back from current Road Woes
Now confronted with the disheartening task of closing their very first slide that is two-game Creighton in seven years, the Wildcats return home also looking to avoid losing two in a row for the first time since February of last year. With this weekend that is past loss to Butler, No. 10 Villanova now discovers it self mired in a worrisome three-game losing streak on the highway.
Butler upsets (8) Villanova 73-61.
The Wildcats went 2-27 from 3-point range, posting the program’s worst FG that is 3-point (7.4%) in the Jay Wright era (since 2001-02). pic.twitter.com/AzYuseUrxw
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) 28, 2021
However, the Wildcats have been dominant on home hardwood this season, compiling a perfect 8-0 record, and have covered in four of their past five february. The club additionally sports a stable SU that is 4-1 and record in their past five at home while favored by four or fewer points.
Robinson-Earl Key to Nova’s Success
The challenge for the Wildcats is to overcome their recent performance that is uneven the sportsbooks. Fueled by the team’s three road that is recent, Villanova has now covered in just six of 12 contests, including a 4-3 ATS mark on home court, and has also gone just 2-4 ATS in six dates with Creighton.(*)Villanova plays with great spacing, and spacing IS offense. When Villanova shot fakes and drives, they space. They cut when they jump stop and pivot. And, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is the greatest defender that is overall seen this season. pic.twitter.com/LTxfXuaqwA(*)— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) February 13, 2021(*)One positive note has been the continued strong play of Jeremiah Robinson-Earl. The sophomore man that is big to lead the group in points per game, rebounds, steals, and obstructs, and has now recorded double-doubles in 2 of their previous three outings. But, Robinson-Earl ended up being mainly included by the Bluejays in last month’s road loss to Creighton, picking right up simply eight points, and it has averaged simply seven points and 4.3 rebounds in three meetings that are all-time the Bluejays.(*)The Picks: Bluejays +3.5 (-110); UNDER 148 (-110)(*)