Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Bobcats vs. Bluejays CBB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(17-7) #13 Ohio Bobcats vs. #5 Creighton Bluejays (21-8)
Date: Monday March 22nd, 2021
Time: 6:10 PM ET
Venue: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
CBB Moneyline Odds: Ohio +195 | Creighton -250
CBB Betting Odds: Creighton -5.5
CBB Betting Total: O/U 148.5
The No. 5 seed Creighton Bluejays will host the No. 13 seed Ohio Bobcats in the second round of the NCAA Tournament West Region on Monday.
Creighton narrowly escaped an upset by the #12 UCSB Gauchos 63-62. Christian Bishop knocked down 2 free throws with seconds remaining to sneak into the next round.
Ohio played spoiler over the defending national champions Virginia who still held that crown due to last years cancelled tournament. The Bobcats flipped a double-digit margin in the second half to grind out the win 62-58.
The winner will advance to face off against the winner of Gonzaga/Oklahoma in the Sweet 16.
Ohio was a favorite pick to pull an upset in the first round and they did just that. The team can play to a fast pace but had to slow it down to match Virginias methodical play style.
Junior guard Jacob Preston is the teams best player and has started to receive widespread hype around his name after another great performance. He flirted with a triple double after scoring 11 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and dished out 8 assists.
On the year Preston averages 16.3 points (team best), 7.2 rebounds (2nd best), 7.3 assists (team best), and 1.5 steals (team best). If Ohio wants to pull another upset it will be all on the hands of Preston to get them there,
Creighton faced a lot of question marks heading into the tournament and they didn’t show anything Saturday that could silence the doubters. They looked as vulnerable as ever in their first round matchup and were only able to scrap to a 63-62 victory over the # 12-ranked Gauchos.
But you’d be sadly mistaken if you’re expecting the team to feel sorry for itself for winning and moving on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, especially this year.
It will be a matchup between the point guards as Marcus Zegarowski is the Bluejays best player as well. The junior guard is the teams heart and soul and is averaging a team best 15.6 points and 4.5 assists.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Bobcats are 17-5 ATS in their last 22 games following an ATS win.
- Bobcats are 22-7 ATS in their last 29 games overall.
- Bobcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog.
- Creighton is 2-3 ATS in last 5 games
- Creighton UNDERS are 4-0 in last 4 tournament games
Free Ohio Bobcats vs. Creighton Bluejays NCAAB Prediction:
This tournament has produced nonstop upsets as no team is safe anymore. Creighton has a history of being bounced early and they almost were in the round of 64. A 5.5-point spread carries some pretty lofty expectations for the Bluejays. This is the same team that just made it past UC Santa Barbara by the skin of their teeth.
Jacob Preston has been a tear for the Bobcats and continues to elevate his name into a potential NBA selection. He’ll continue to be the igniter that keeps Ohio competing against whoever they face with his all around game. He has the ability to hurt teams in a multitude of different ways not just in scoring.
There is absolutely no reason to take a favorite anymore as they are almost more likely to lose then win outright anymore let alone covering. 5.5 points is far too much in this game as I think the Bobcats have a good chance to win straight up.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Ohio ML +195
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