Creighton Blue Jays vs Arizona State Sun Devils - NCAA Basketball Picks

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 7:34 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 7:34 PM UTC

The #9 Creighton Blue Jays made “The Narrow Escape” as they dodged a bullet in their very unimpressive 1 point victory over Oral Roberts. Now, the Blue Jays look to remain undefeated and retain their Top 10 ranking against Coach Bobby Hurley’s Arizona State Sun Devils.

#9 Creighton Blue Jays (11-0) vs Arizona State Sun Devils (6-5) An Unimpressive Victory?

Despite defeating the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles in their last game, Creighton can’t feel too confident coming into their game against ASU and the betting odds indicate this idea.

Oral Roberts, who was 2-9 going into their game against Creighton, had a shocking 65-60 lead with 5 minutes remaining in the game. Creighton showed toughness and fought their way back to a 66-65 victory to remain undefeated. Oral Roberts didn’t score a point in the last 5 minutes of the game and now, Creighton must keep their focus on Arizona State.

This is a Blue Jays team which has defeated the likes of the N.C. State Wolfpack and Wisconsin Badgers. Oddsmakers have adjusted their thinking as Creighton is a mere 8 point betting favorite in this matchup.

The combination of Marcus Foster (18.2 points, 41.4%-3 pointers) and Maurice Watson Jr. (13.1 points, 9.2 assists, 52.9%-3 pointers) played quite well in the victory over Oral Roberts. Creighton will need a full team effort in this game and Creighton is a team that can shoot the basketball with the best of them.

They’re averaging an eye-popping 89 points, 53.9% from the field and 44.2% from beyond the arc. Four out of Creighton’s top 5 scorers average 50% or more from 3-point range and Arizona State’s defense will need to be at their best as Creighton will be looking to make a statement after their poor showing against Oral Roberts.

Shannon Evans II

This will be a player to keep an eye on. He started off his collegiate career at the University of Buffalo with Coach Hurley and has since followed Bobby Hurley to Arizona State and it’s worked out well for the both of them.

Evans II is a player that can basically do it all. He can hit timely shots, grab some rebounds, dish the rock, and play outstanding defense. Evans II can also drain the 3-ball and I look for him to play well here after he had a poor outing in his last game in ASU’s 81-70 loss to New Mexico State.

This is an ASU team that’s better than their record indicates as they’ve faced Kentucky and Purdue. While they got blown out in both games by more than 30 points, they catch a Creighton team that’s limping into this game and looking to just remain undefeated.

Look for both teams to bring their “A Game”, but as I just stated, Creighton is just looking to pick up a victory and expect ASU to put up a gallant effort.

 Free NCAAB Pick: Arizona State Sun Devils +8Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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