Creighton Bluejays vs. Xavier Musketeers, Monday, Las Vegas Betting, NCAA Basketball Odds, Picks and Prediction

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CREIGHTON BLUEJAYS XAVIER MUSKETEERS
17-1 January 16, 2:00 PM | Cintas Center 13-4

When: 2:00 PM ET, Monday, January 16, 2017
Where: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
TV: 2 p.m. ET, FS1

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Creighton Bluejays +4 (-110)  +290  156.5 -110
Xavier Musketeers -4 (-110)  -350  156.5 -110
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The Creighton Bluejays and the Xavier Musketeers will both be gunning for a victory on Monday when they meet at Cintas Center.

ABOUT CREIGHTON (17-1, 4-1 Big East): The win over Truman State marked the fourth time this season that the Bluejays, who rank 10th nationally in scoring (87.6), have scored 100 or more points in a game. Junior guard Marcus Foster, a transfer from Kansas State where he earned second-team all-Big 12 honors as a freshman, leads the team in scoring (18.2) and has made a team-high 41 3-pointers while senior guard Maurice Watson Jr. leads the nation in assists (8.8) while averaging 13.4 points and shooting 48.4 percent from 3-point range. Freshman center Justin Patton (14.0) and sophomore guard Khyri Thomas (12.1) also are averaging in double figures with the 6-11 Patton grabbing a team-leading 6.4 rebounds per game.

ABOUT XAVIER (13-4, 3-2): The big question entering the game is the health of sophomore guard Edmond Sumner, who leads the team in assists (4.6) and is second in scoring (15.7) but took a hit on an already sore right shoulder during a mid-court collision on an inbounds play with three seconds left in Saturday’s loss at Butler. “He’s in some pain,” Xavier coach Chris Mack said afterward. “I think he’ll be fine.” Junior guard Trevon Bluiett leads the team in scoring (16.8), including a team-high eight 20-point games, with junior guard J.P. Macura (14.5) also averaging in double-digits.

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Fourteenth-ranked Xavier concludes one of the toughest seven-day stretches for any team in college basketball this season when it hosts No. 8 Creighton on Monday afternoon as part of the Big East’s day-long Martin Luther King Jr. Marathon. The week for the Musketeers began with a 79-54 thumping at defending NCAA champion and No. 3 ranked Villanova on Tuesday and included a 83-78 setback at No. 13 Butler on Saturday.

Now Xavier has a quick turnaround and faces a 17-1 Creighton squad that has matched the best start in school history after cruising to a 101-69 nonconference victory over Division II Truman State on Saturday. “We’ve got to regroup and stick together and stay the course,” Musketeer forward Malcolm Bernard told the Cincinnati Enquirer adding, “It’s a process. Every day.” Creighton has won four straight since losing to Villanova on New Year’s Day, including an impressive 75-64 home victory over Butler on Wednesday, a contest the Bluejays led by 25 points early in the second half. “I think they can certainly make a Final Four, I think they can play for a national championship,” Butler coach Chris Holtmann said. “I thought that as soon as I started watching them and preparing for them. There is zero ceiling for this Creighton team.”

Xavier lost its last outing, a 83-78 result against Bulldogs on January 14. They failed to cover in that game as a +4-point underdog.

Creighton was a 101-69 winner in its last match at home against Bulldogs.

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Creighton:
Team record: 17-1 SU,12-3-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
Creighton is 17-1 SU in its last 18 games
Creighton is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Creighton is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road

Xavier:
Team record: 13-4 SU,9-7 ATS
Xavier is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Xavier is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Xavier’s last 5 games

Next up:
Creighton home to Marquette Saturday, January 21
Xavier home to Georgetown University Sunday, January 22

COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATES
1. Creighton ranks 14th nationally in 3-point shooting percentage (40.9).

2. Xavier has won 15 straight and 24 of its last 25 games at the Cintas Center.

3. Patton ranks third nationally in field goal percentage (73.7).

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks:  Creighton Bluejays will cover the spread at +4 and the game will go over 156.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Creighton 82, Xavier 75 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
CREIG TEAM XAVIR
87.6 PTS FOR 76.6
71.4 PTS AGNST 68.2
16.2 DIFF. 8.4
27.3 DEF REBOUNDS 27.0
8.5 OFF REBOUNDS 11.6
53.5 FG% 45.7
68.1 FT% 70.1
8.9 3 POINTERS 7.1
6.8 STEALS 7.0
INJURIES
CREIGHTON
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
XAVIER
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
CREIGHTON
Creighton is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Creighton’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Xavier
Creighton is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Xavier
XAVIER
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Xavier’s last 5 games
Xavier is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
Xavier is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Xavier’s last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Xavier’s last 10 games when playing Creighton
Xavier is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Creighton
Xavier is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Creighton
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Xavier’s last 5 games when playing at home against Creighton
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Creighton’s Overall Scoring vs Xavier’s Overall Defense 87.6 10 68.2 94
Creighton’s Away Scoring vs Xavier’s Home Defense 84.0 5 63.6 77
Creighton’s Road Rebounds vs Xavier’s Home Rebounds Allowed 36.5 99 29.2 18
Xavier’s Overall Scoring vs Creighton’s Overall Defense 76.6 109 71.4 170
Xavier’s Home Scoring vs Creighton’s Road Defense 81.2 109 70.8 80
Xavier’s Home Rebounds vs Creighton’s Road Rebounds Allowed 37.4 191 40.3 314
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
CREIGHTON
Creighton leads the league in field goal percentage with 53.5.
XAVIER
No trends to report
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
CREIG 53.5 42.5 11.0
XAVIR 45.7 43.0 2.7
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
CREIG 8.5 27.3 35.8
XAVIR 11.6 27.0 38.6
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
CREIG 18.1 11.4 1.6
XAVIR 14.6 12.5 1.2

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