Creighton Bluejays (16-6) vs. Providence Friars (14-8)
Creighton Bluejays vs. Providence Friars 2/7/24 – As we near February’s middle, NCAA Men’s Basketball season reaches full stride with an exciting clash between Creighton Bluejays and Providence Friars set to take place this Wednesday. Not just a regular season game but a landmark contest in terms of both teams’ ambitions for postseason glory and bettors/fans alike can watch an intriguing battle between two Big East Conference contenders that has produced mixed results recently; predictions and multi-expert premium picks alike anticipate what promises to be an exhilarating encounter between two formidable teams!
The Creighton Bluejays have an efficient offense, averaging 80.5 points on 48.3% shooting. Creighton is led by guard Baylor Scheierman, who is having an outstanding season averaging 18.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 44% from the field. The Bluejays will need Scheierman at his best to overcome a tough Friars defense allowing just 73.8 points per contest.
Providence Friars’ 14-8 record and balanced approach is evident by their scoring average of 73.8 points per game with 46% field goal percentage – more efficiency over volume! Their defensive metrics, highlighted by 6.6 steals and 5 blocks per game, illustrates an approach focused on disrupting opponents’ play. While less prolific in 3-point shooting accuracy compared to Creighton, 32.1% accuracy contributes to robust performances from their roster.
Creighton Bluejays vs. Providence Friars 2/7/24 Game Info
|Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at 8:30 PM ET
|Amica Mutual Pavilion
Baylor Scheierman (Guard) vs. Devin Carter (Guard)
Baylor Scheierman has played 22 games this season, averaging a team-high 35.9 minutes per contest. He leads the Bluejays with 18.2 points on 44% shooting along with 8.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. Scheierman is lethal from three, knocking down 37.6% of his 7.9 attempts from deep. His 6’7 frame makes him a tough matchup on the perimeter and allows him to clean up on the glass. Limiting Scheierman’s versatile offensive production will be vital if Providence wants to slow this elite Creighton offense.
Devin Carter has also been a standout for Providence, playing 34.1 minutes per game over 20 contests. He leads the team in scoring at 18.7 points on 48.1% shooting to go along with 8.1 rebounds per game. Carter excels at attacking the rim and getting to the line nearly 7 times per game. His athleticism and strength are difficult to contain off the bounce. Carter is also shooting 35.9% from three on 6 attempts per contest. He will need to avoid early foul trouble while also keeping Scheierman in check defensively.
This clash of elite Big East guards could determine which offense wins out. If Scheierman gets hot from the perimeter it may open driving lanes for him and his teammates. But if Carter overwhelms Creighton’s defense off the dribble it could lead to a big night for Providence’s complementary weapons. Containing these talented playmakers will be crucial in deciding this conference showdown.
NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
As the betting odds remain TBD, insights into the game’s dynamics suggest a closely contested affair. The spread and moneyline will significantly depend on these teams’ recent performances and historical matchups. Bettors are advised to keep a close eye on the opening lines and movements leading up to game time.
Creighton Bluejays Betting Trends
The Bluejays have gone 3-2 straight up and just 1-4 against the spread (ATS) over their last 5 matchups. This poor recent performance versus the number indicates bettors may be overvaluing Creighton headed into this contest. However, Creighton’s offense has been hot of late, going over the projected total in 4 straight games while averaging 82 points per game during that stretch. For the season, the Bluejays are 6-3 ATS on the road indicating they could be undervalued as visitors against Providence.
Providence Friars Betting Trends
Providence has found more betting success lately, going 3-2 straight up and ATS over their previous 5 contests. The Friars have been especially strong on the road, owning a 5-1 ATS record over their last 6 away matchups. Providence has also been a good bet for overs, going over the projected total in 4 of their last 5 games. For the year, the over is 5-1 when playing at the Amica Mutual Pavilion.
Creighton Bluejays vs. Providence Friars 2/7/24 Betting Picks
Statistics and betting trends illustrate an exciting matchup, one with potential implications for both teams’ standings. With Creighton’s offensive depth against Providence’s defensive strength and balanced approach, this battle should prove fiercely contested.
Given recent trends and key player matchups, expect a game where both sides will have their moments, though Providence might gain the edge due to their defensive strength and ability to score against the spread on the road. Still, Creighton cannot be underestimated with their home advantage and offensive firepower.
Bettors should carefully consider both teams’ recent scoring trends and any available spread, once available, when betting the over/under. A daily NCAAB free analysis recommends keeping an eye on any line movements or any news about potential teams before placing wagers.
Free Pick and Prediction: Creighton Bluejays 76, Providence Friars 72.