Butler at Creighton College Hoops Odds, Final Score Prediction & TV InfoJosh Bailey
The 18th-ranked Bulldogs will take the hard-court without star forward Andrew Chrabascz for the first time in the last two seasons Monday night when they visit Creighton to take on the 3-point underdog Bluejays.
Chrabascz started every game this season after playing every contest in 2013-14. He is the club’s third-leading scorer with 11.1 points per game and second in rebounds with 5.5 per contest. He left with a right hand injury with 15:33 left against Villanova in Saturday’s 68-65 home defeat to the Wildcats. While he returned and finished the game, Butler announced yesterday that he broke a bone in the hand and will miss two to four weeks.
“We know Andrew is disappointed and we are disappointed for him, but we are looking forward to having him back soon when he is fully healthy,” coach Chris Holtmann told Butler’s official website. “He has been an important part of this team’s growth, and as with any injury, this will provide an opportunity for our team to respond in a positive way. We know Drew will be working hard to return at the appropriate time.”
A Closer Look At the Butler at Creighton College Hoops Odds & My Final Score Prediction
Matchup:(18) Butler Bulldogs at Creighton Bluejays
Date: Feb. 16, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Stadium: CenturyLink Center Omaha
TV Info: FOXS1
Stream: FOX Sports Go
Radio: Butler Vs Creighton
Point Spread: Butler Bulldogs -3
Butler Will Cover the 3-Point Spread If
The Bulldogs can get easy buckets in transition.
Butler wants to go out and run, which isn’t what happened the last time that they faced Creighton. The Bulldogs have scored 77 points versus Seton Hall, 85 versus St. John’s and 83 versus DePaul this season. Butler won all of those games. Versus Creighton the first time, Butler only scored 64 points in a 64 to 61 win.
— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) February 15, 2015
Since Butler was favored by -9.5 points, the Bulldogs failed to cover the spread in that matchup. The Bulldogs were terrible from the field that day. They shot only 33.8% from the field and 20% from behind the three-point line. If Butler is to have any chance of covering the spread versus Creighton in this matchup, they’re going to need to be much closer to their average of 44.4% from the field. The best way to ensure that is to get easy buckets in transition.
Creighton Will Cover the 3-Point Spread If
They can defend Butler’s inside and outside game like they did in the first matchup.
Butler’s inside and outside game of Kellen Dunham and Andrew Chrabascz is extremely formidable. Chrabascz, a 6’ 7”, 225lbs forward, averages 11.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Chrabascz also leads Butler in field goal percentage at 47.8% per game, will not play. Dunham is Butler’s leading scorer at 16.7 points per game. He shoots 42% from the three-point line, meaning that whenever he’s open, there’s a big chances that Dunham will drain the three.
— Creighton Basketball (@BluejayMBB) February 14, 2015
Creighton did an excellent job at stopping both of those guys in the last matchup. The Bluejays held Chabascz to a 4 out of 14 night from the field and a 2 out of 6 night from the three-point line. Creighton held Dunham to 2 out of 12 from the field and 1 out of 8 from behind the arc. If the Bluejays hope to cover the spread in this matchup, they’ll have to play that same kind of stifling defense on Chabascz and Dunham.