Butler at Creighton 3/11/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Creighton Bluejays (18-7) vs Butler Bulldogs (10-14)
Game Info: Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 6:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
Betting Odds: Creighton Bluejays -9 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Butler faces Creighton on Thursday, March 11th at Madison Square Garden for an NCAA basketball Big East Conference Tournament matchup.
Butler had to take down Xavier in the first round of this conference tournament on Wednesday night to reach these quarterfinals. Xavier needed that win in order to stay alive on the bubble of the NCAA tournament, but Butler was able to play the role of spoiler and keep its own season alive in a clutch 70-69 overtime win. Butler is 10-14 and 8-12 in Big East play this season, and the Bulldogs are 11-13 against the spread this season. Butler's leading scorer so far this season has been G Chuck Harris, who has scored 12.8 points per game for the Bulldogs. Butler as a team has scored 63.6 points per game and has shot the ball at a 41.2% clip from the field. Butler has also allowed 67.9 points per game to its opponents as well.
Creighton ended its regular season against these same Butler Bulldogs on March 6th at home. Creighton was victorious in that game by the final score of 93-73. Creighton is ranked 17th in the nation and is currently 18-7 overall this season with a 14-6 Big East record as well. Creighton finished the regular season with an 11-14 record against the spread also. Creighton's leading scorer so far this season has been G Marcus Zegarowski, who has scored 15.4 points per game for the Bluejays. Creighton as a team has scored 78.4 points per game and has shot the ball at a 48.2% clip from the field. Creighton has also allowed 69.1 points per game to its opponents as well.
Creighton opens as a 9-point favorite and the total is set at 135.5. I like Creighton to roll here, as even though Butler was able to pick up the upset win on Wednesday, this is still not a very good Bulldogs team. A Butler team that struggles to score in spots should expect to struggle against this potent Creighton offense.