The Creighton Bluejays (15-8, 11-12 ATS, 9-13 O/U) meet with the Seton Hall Pirates (15-9, 13-10 ATS, 9-13 O/U) in a Big East showdown on Wednesday night. The Bluejays earned a home win against Villanova on Saturday. The Pirates clobbered DePaul on Sunday. Creighton posted an 83-61 home win against Seton Hall in the first meeting.
Creighton Eyes Sixth Consecutive Victory
The Creighton Bluejays are one of the hottest squads in the Big East. They have won six games in a row fueled by the defense. Creighton has not lost a game since January 11th. They have defeated Providence and Xavier in the winning streak, and most recently, were marked 9.5-point favorites in a 66-61 home win against Villanova on Saturday. The Bluejays are 9-3 in Big East play and have covered the spread in one out of their last three conference road games.
Ryan Kalkbrenner continues to dazzle. The junior center has connected on 60% of his field goals in six out of his last eight games after scoring 16 points last time out. Kalkbrenner is sporting an average of 15.2 PPG and 6.9 RPG. Trey Alexander is also producing, collecting at least 13 points in two of his last three games, and is excellent from three-point range. The sophomore guard is averaging 13.5 PPG on the season and is shooting 40% from beyond the arc. Baylor Scheierman has three double-doubles in Big East play. The senior guard is posting an average of 13 PPG.
TREY MAKING THE TREY'S RAIN!!!#GoJays x @TrickyTrey23 pic.twitter.com/GaG7hLL7rn— Creighton Men’s Basketball (@BluejayMBB) February 5, 2023
The Bluejays are ranked 13th in DI in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings and climbed into the #23 spot in this week’s AP Top 25. Creighton is only 2-4 on the road this season including victories against Butler and Georgetown. Creighton is averaging 76.8 points, ranking them 65th. They are conceding an average of 67.3 points, positioning them 113th.
Seton Hall Collects Third Straight Win
The Seton Hall Pirates are seeking a fourth consecutive victory. Seton Hall has also won seven out of their last eight games with the only blemish in that span a loss against a hot Marquette squad. The Pirates beat St. John’s 84-72 last week and followed with a solid 69-58 home win against DePaul on Sunday to climb to 8-5 in Big East play. The Pirates covered the spread in two of their last three games.
Al-Amir Dawes has been inconsistent recently. The senior guard has shot below 40% in five straight games. He has eclipsed the 20 points mark three times this season and has accrued an average of 12 PPG on 40% shooting. Tyrese Samuel has been kept in check recently. The senior forward has scored double-digits in just one of his last five games and has recorded an average of 10.4 PPG and 5.7 RPG. Kadary Richmond has logged at least 10 points in each of his last five performances. The junior guard has reported an average of 10.3 PPG and 5.6 RPG.
Nice find underneath to Big Maple 🇨🇦#HALLin 🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/GvtJ74Ub3f— Seton Hall Men's Basketball (@SetonHallMBB) February 5, 2023
The Pirates are ranked 51st in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings and are 9-3 at home including a loss against Providence. Seton Hall is scoring an average of 69.4 points on the season, placing them 238th. The defense has been stellar, allowing 67 or fewer points in six of their last eight games, and are conceding a season average of 64 points, placing them 42nd in DI.
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The Creighton Bluejays are winning games but this is a difficult road matchup. Creighton has only won two of their six road games on the season and Seton Hall is stellar at home. The Pirates are getting better as the season progresses and have won seven out of their last eight games.
Furthermore, Seton Hall has a great defense that makes them difficult to beat. They have a slightly better defense than Creighton. The Pirates are allowing 93 points per 100 possessions, while the Bluejays are at 93.4. Also, Creighton is a team that relies on three-point shooting. They attempt an average of 24 threes per game and Seton Hall is one of the best in the country when it comes to defending the three. They are limiting opponents to 29.4% shooting from deep, good for 17th in DI.
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I expect a lower-scoring game. The Bluejays' defense has been the key in their recent string of wins. They have conceded an average of only 60 points in their last three games and it’s no surprise the under delivered in all three in that span.
In addition, the Pirates' defense has been outstanding. They held Butler to 49 last week and DePaul to only 64 points on Sunday. Creighton has not been piling on the points, netting only 63 and 66 points respectively in their last two games against Georgetown and Villanova. The under is 4-1 in the Pirates’ last five games.