Akron vs Creighton Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/21/24

Creighton (23-8) vs Akron (24-10)

Game Info: Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 1:30 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Creighton -12.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Creighton Blue Jays and the Akron Zips will meet in the 1st Round of the Midwest Region this Thursday in Pittsburgh at the PPG Paints Arena on TNT. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here's an Akron vs. Creighton Prediction.

  • Akron’s recent form and recent player performance 
  • Creighton’s recent form and recent player performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Akron
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Creighton
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Akron vs Creighton 
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Akron vs Creighton.

Akron Preview: Zips Eyeing An Afternoon Upset 

Akron enters at 24-10 after defeating Kent State in the MAC Championship by one, 62-61. The Zips found themselves on the right end of a late blunder from the Golden Flashes, but they’ll have to come out much sharper Thursday versus the Blue Jays. Akron is scoring 74.0 points per game, on 45.6% shooting, while allowing 65.9 ppg, and they’re 6-4 over their last ten games.

Akron Team Profile

  • Cleveland native Enrique Freeman has been a walking double-double this season, and after snagging 21 boards in the semifinal win over Ohio, he leads Akron in scoring (18.1) and rebounding (12.8). 
  • Butler transfer Ali Ali led the way with 18 points in the MAC title win over Kent State, and he’s up to 15.5 ppg. 
  • Senior guard Greg Tribbke was quiet thru three conference tournament games, but he’s still third on the team at 10.9 ppg. 

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Creighton Preview: Blue Jays Looking to Avoid Another Early Departure

Creighton comes in at 23-9 after falling to Providence in the Big East Quarterfinals by five, 78-73. The Blue Jays had their rally cut short by the Friars, and they’ll look to prevent another early exit here at the Big Dance. Creighton is scoring 80.5 points per game, on 48.7% shooting, while allowing 69.7 ppg, and they’re 7-3 over their previous ten games.

Creighton Team Profile

  • Vetersn swingman Baylor Scheierman posted an impressive 26-point, 16-board line in the home finale versus Marquette, and he leads Creighton in scoring (18.4) and rebounding (9.0).
  • OKC native Trey Alexander went for a team-high 31 points in the win over St. John’s, and he’s averaging 17.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, and a team-leading 4.8 apg.
  • Senior center Ryan Kalkbrenner posted a 19-point double-double in the loss to Providence, and he’s averaging 17.1 ppg and 7.4 rpg. 

Akron Zips Team Facts

  • AKR has hit the Game Total Under in 14 of their last 19 games
  • Akron has hit the Team Total Under in 12 of their last 19 games

Creighton Blue Jays Team Facts

  • CREI has hit the 1H Moneyline in 25 of their last 34 games
  • Creighton has hit the Team Total Over in 19 of their last 34 games

Akron vs Creighton Trends

  • Creighton leads the head-to-head series, 2-1. 
  • AKR is 15-16-1 against the spread, with a 12-20 O/U record
  • CREI is 17-15 ATS, with a 16-16 over/under record.

Akron vs Creighton Prediction: Blue Jays Fly Into Round of 32

Creighton’s early exit from the Big East Tournament may have been a blessing in disguise, as it gave them one final wake up call for the real thing. The Blue Jays got a manageable draw here with a top-heavy Akron team, and if they come out sharp early, I like their chances of advancing. If the Jays find a way to get Enrique Freeman in foul trouble, it should limit his effect on the game, while also affecting the scoreboard. The double-digit margin naturally may be tricky for a tournament game, but this one feels like a good spot for Creighton.

Corey’s Pick Creighton TO COVER

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