Tonight at 10pm EST we have a great match up between two Top 25 teams. The 24th ranked Wisconsin Badgers take on the undefeated #12 Creighton Blue Jays. See why we like Creighton with our NCAA basketball picks.

About this match up 

Surprisingly, Creighton has opened up a 1 point underdog with the total set at 129. This game will be played on a neutral court at the Imperial Arena in the Paradise Islands, Bahamas. Creighton is 4-0 on the season, beating every team they have played by 20+ points. Wisconsin is 3-1, their lone loss coming against Florida

Pace of the game will dictate the out come 

Gregory EcheniqueYou couldn't possibly get two more different types of match ups in terms of offensive tempo in this game. Creighton loves to push the ball up the court, run and gun while getting shots up in a hurry. Wisconsin loves to slow the game down, playing in the half court set while using the entire shot clock looking for the best shot available. If Creighton is able to establish the tempo early in this game - and we think they will - they should win this going away. If Wisconsin can get Creighton playing a half court game, we may just have ourselves a ballgame; in my opinion, however, that is not going to happen. 

Creightons explosive offense 

Ready for these off-the-chart numbers? The Blue Jays are shooting a blistering 57% from the floor, 40% from three and 75% as a team from the free throw line. Those monstrous percentages have lead Creighton to average 85 points a game. Everyone knows about super star Doug McDermott (16 PPG) but Gregory Echenique has been the real star of this team so far this year. The 6 foot 9 center has completely come out of his shell this year, averaging nearly a double double at 12 points per game and 8 rebounds. The man has been a beast inside, hustling to every single loose ball, coming away with big offensive rebounds and is a major force on the defensive side, swatting any layup that comes his way. 

Creighton can light up the scoreboard but they can lock you down on defense as well. On the year the Blue Jays are allowing teams just 56 points per game on 36% shooting and 27% from three. One of the most well rounded teams in the country. 

Take the ML instead of the one point 

Creighton on the ML is available at even money at BetOnline, and we like that instead of laying the -110 juice for getting just 1 point, especially when we like Creighton to win straight up. As we said in our Florida – Wisconsin article - a game we nailed the Gators on - I just don't believe this is one of the best teams Bo Ryan has had. In fact, it may be one of the worst he has had in quite some time, and I don't see them being in the Top 25 after this game is over. The Badgers just don't have the athletes or pure scorers to be able to run and gun with the Blue Jays here. 

Pick: Creighton ML +100 at BetOnline.