Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Blue Jays vs. Musketeers CBB Odds
Looking for Creighton Blue Jays vs. Xavier Musketeers NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Blue Jays taking on the Musketeers on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA hoops predictions like this Creighton Xavier matchup.
(14-3) Creighton Blue Jays vs. Xavier Musketeers (15-3)
Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM ET
Venue: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, OH.
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Xavier -4
CBB Betting Total: OFF
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Creighton Blue Jays
As I write, Creighton is atop the Big East standings. It lost its opener at Seton Hall in a very close game and has won the rest: Providence, St. John’s, at Georgetown and this week against Butler.
The Blue Jays won’t see Villanova until February but they have a challenging stretch just leading up to that game, beginning Saturday. From here, Creighton hosts Seton Hall and then plays at Providence and at St. John’s.
But you can bet Marcus Foster is ready. To me, he’s a National Player of the Year candidate with 19 points per game, three rebounds and three assists on tremendous efficiency.
Trevon Bluiett has some size on him, but Foster is more than just size. It’s going to be fascinating to see who gets the best of that matchup.
Bluiett also gets 19 a game but he doesn’t do it nearly as efficiently as Foster. He takes more shots and turns it over just as often, despite the ball not being in his hands as much as it is in Foster’s. What he does do is rebound — 5.6 times per game, to be exact.
He got four in Xavier’s last game earlier this week at Villanova, which didn’t go well for the X-Men. It was Xavier’s second loss in a row and by far its biggest: 24 points.
Five years after splitting up and becoming a bit of a joke, the Big East is no joke.
Xavier’s best player against Villanova wasn’t Bluiett or JP Macura, it was Kerem Kanter in the post. The younger brother of Enes, Kanter shot 6-for-7 for 16 points off the bench.
He’s approaching double-digit scoring per game and has emerged as Xavier’s third-best option. But is he just the next guy there when teams take away Bluiett and Macura? That’s a serious question regarding Xavier’s future this season.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Under is 11-5 in CRE last 16 Sat. games.
- Under is 7-2 in XAV last 9 vs. Big East.
- XAV are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games.
- XAV are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
- Head to Head: Over is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings.
- Head to Head: CRE are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Free Creighton vs. Xavier NCAAB Prediction: Xavier, just barely, wins at home.
I’m tempted to take Creighton straight-up here. Will Khyri Thomas cover Blueitt? If he doesn’t he’s going to harass whomever he does matchup with. I’m concerned about the Blue Jays’ rebounding. If they can handle that potential mismatch, they’ll win this game.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Xavier -4
I won’t touch this game if the spread is anything close enough to cover at the end of a close game with intentional fouls. But if Creighton is getting more than 5 I’ll take a shot.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Creighton 76- Xavier 81
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