Creighton Vs Xavier College Basketball PreviewJosh Bailey
If you’re a college basketball betting buff that is looking forward to this weekend’s slate of matchups, you’re going to be treated to what looks like a thriller just waiting to happen when No. 25 Creighton hits the road to take on current No. 10 Xavier in a big-time, Big East battle this coming weekend.
Creighton Vs Xavier College Hoops Preview
No. 25 Creighton (14-3) at No. 10 Xavier (15-2)
When: Saturday, January 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM ET
Where: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Creighton is playing some damned good basketball right now, having won four straight and nine of their last 10 games heading into the weekend. The Bluejays pounded conference rival Butler 85-74 on Tuesday night as Marcus Foster scored 21 of his 23 points in the first half and Martin Krampelj added 14 points and 14 rebounds for his third straight double-double.
"There weren’t many games a year ago that Marcus Foster had eight assists and two turnovers," Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. "I think it’s just another sign of his progress and how he continues to grow as a player in every facet of the game."
No. 10 Xavier had their 10-game winning streak come to an abrupt halt in their humbling 81-72 loss to Providence on Saturday. The Musketeers committed 21 turnovers in the loss as star point guard Trevon Bluiett scored 12 points and went scoreless in the second half while shooting just 4 of 13 from the field. Kerem Kanter led Xavier with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
"Well, it certainly wasn’t our day," Xavier coach Chris Mack told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "You give those guys a lot of credit. That’s not easy when (Providence) drop a home game and turn around and play another team within 48 hours, but so is the Big East and so is our league, so we have to be able to turn the page."
The Musketeers were getting set to play No. 1 Villanova on Wednesday night at the time of this writing.
For this huge Big East battle, I’m going to advise you to back visiting Creighton to get the super narrow road win if only because the Bluejays are just a bit more explosive offensively than Xavier and spread the ball around a little bit more than the Musketeers, who really rely on Trevon Bluiett to have a good offensive game every time out.
Xavier has just two double-digit scorers and both shoot less than 48.4 percent from the field while Creighton has a trio of double-figure scorers and their top two, both shoot at least 50.0 percent from the field. I’m going with Creighton to win this one by a bucket in a flat-out thriller!