TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASKETBALL SELECTION SATURDAY, JANUARY 6TH
#648 CREIGHTON (-10′) over Providence at 2 PM EST
With confidence off a 17-point road win and cover at Georgetown, Creighton will return home with plenty of rest and knock off No. 23 Providence. The Friars enter this contest off a four-point home loss to the Pirates and this trip to Omaha will be a challenging one for head coach Kim English and his boys.
It certainly won’t take much for the Bluejays to get up for this game. In the last 21 meetings, Creighton has assembled a weak 9-12 SU and 6-15 ATS record and actually lost the last matchup in Rhode Island by the final of 94-86 back on Valentine’s Day. Thankfully, as a conference host battling an opponent that busts in without confidence off a straight up home loss, head coach Greg McDermott and his troops hold a lucrative 63-10 SU and 47-24-2 ATS record. In this situation checking in off a road war, Creighton improves to an amazing 42-4 SU and 33-12-1 ATS including an elite 35-0 SU and 27-7-1 ATS if it is priced as a favorite of -4.5 or more.
This isn’t the best wagering spot for the Friars either. When holding a team won/loss percentage of .738 or higher and hitting the hardwood without momentum off a straight up loss, Providence has been a poor investment posting a soft 14-26 ATS mark. In this setting fighting a conference foe, Coach English and his troops fall to a miserable 8-15 SU and 6-17 ATS including an ugly 3-8 SU and 1-10 ATS provided their opponent is running with four or more days of rest. Also, as a double-digit underdog, the Friars hold a feeble 15-28-2 ATS tally in their last 45 tries including a stiff 5-18 ATS provided their foe holds a team won/loss percentage less than .850.
Offensively, the Bluejays are a force connecting on 49.9 percent from the floor and 37.2 percent from behind the arc and their high scoring attack (81.4 ppg) will be too much for the Friars to handle. Take Creighton. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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