Marquette Golden Eagles (14-11; 11-13 ATS; 14-10 O/U) vs. Creighton Blue Jays (19-7; 12-12 ATS; 12-12 O/U)
The Creighton Bluejays will collide with the Marquette Golden Eagles in a Big East battle Saturday night from the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. The Golden Eagles are coming off an 86-78 road loss to St. John’s, and the Bluejays crushed division II Bemidji State 94-46 in their latest action. This will be the first matchup this season, and Marquette defeated Creighton in both meetings last season.
Rowsey’s 34 Points Not Enough in Loss to St. John’s
The Marquette Golden Eagles were outplayed in both ends of the court in their 87-78 road loss to St. John’s on Saturday to fall to 5-8 in Big East play. The Golden Eagles shot a poor 40% from the field, while St. John’s was able to sink 60% of their shots. Andrew Rowsey put up big numbers in the defeat, accumulating 34 points on 11 for 26 shooting. The senior guard has shot below 43% in four straight games, and is second in team scoring with 19.4 points on 41% shooting. Golden Eagles’ top scorer Markus Howard only went 6 for 19 from the field for a total of 18 points in the loss to St. John’s. The sophomore guard is having an outstanding season, currently averaging 21.9 points per game on a 46% field goal efficiency.
The Golden Eagles are struggling, losing five out of their last six games, mainly due to poor defensive play. They have fallen down to seventh in the Big East standings and are placed at 51st in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings. Marquette is scoring an average of 81.8 points per game, ranking them 33rd in the country. Their defensive numbers are weak, allowing an average of 78.1 points, positioning them down at 304th overall.
Creighton Edged by #5 Xavier
The Creighton Bluejays had a one game break from conference play on Tuesday night, and eased their way to a 94-46 win against division II Bemidji State. They came up just short in their 72-71 home loss to #5 Xavier in their previous conference battle last weekend. Marcus Foster put forth a valiant effort in the loss to Xavier, collecting 29 points on 12 for 25 shooting. The senior guard has been outstanding throughout conference play, scoring at least 20 points in seven straight games, and is currently up to 20.3 points on 50.5% shooting. Khyri Thomas contributed with 14 points on a 5 for 9 mark from the field in the loss to Xavier. The junior guard is playing well, shooting at least 53% in eight consecutive games, increasing his season average to 14.5 points on 51% shooting. Creighton is playing the remainder of the season without Martin Krampelj (11.9 PPG, 8.1 RPG).
The Bluejays own a 3-2 record in their last five conference games with one of those losses coming to Villanova. They own sole possession of third place in the Big East, however they are 3.5 games back of first with only five games remaining. Creighton is not ranked this week in the top 25 rankings, however Ken Pomeroy has them at 22nd in the country in his rankings. They are averaging 85.4 point per game, good for seventh in the country. The Bluejays are allowing an average of 72.9 points, placing them 190th overall.
The Marquette Golden Eagles are:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
- 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss.
The Creighton Bluejays are:
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games.
I am taking the points with Marquette in this matchup. Creighton will give up points as they are allowing an average of 77.6 points in their last nine conference games, and Marquette is a very productive offensive team. The Golden Eagles own a 40.2% efficiency from three-point territory, and they are also very efficient from the free-throw line, so they should be able to hang around in this one. Furthermore, Creighton has not been effective ATS as of late, going 0-4 ATS in their last four games.