Creighton, Northwestern Meet in Early-Season Test

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Willie Bee

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 1:45 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 1:45 PM GMT

Coming off the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance, Northwestern is favored on the college basketball odds at home Wednesday night vs. Creighton.

NCAAB Season Record: 0-1 (-1.05)

Free NCAAB Pick: Under 155Best Line Offered: Heritage

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No, it doesn’t have any of the big names like we saw Tuesday evening when Duke, Michigan State, Kansas and Kentucky collided in the Champions Classic. Still, an early-season clash Wednesday between the Creighton Bluejays and No. 20 Northwestern Wildcats is exactly the kind of game I can really sink my teeth into.

Officially part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, the Bluejays and Wildcats get underway at 9 PM (ET) inside Allstate Arena in  Rosemont, Ill. Bookmaker is forcing Northwestern backers to give uyp 4 points with 155 for the total. It’s the sixth tussle between the programs, and first since a home-&-home series in 2010-11. The clubs split those two matchups, the home teams winning and covering to leave Northwestern with a slim 3-2 edge all-time.

 Foster Fuels ‘Jays In First 2 Games

The Bluejays are coming off a solid campaign that ended with a 1st-round upset loss in the NCAA tournament, and Greg McDermott is once again expected to get them to the Big Dance this season. He has a solid mix of experience returning and young talent coming in to get that job done, beginning with Marcus Foster, who led Creighton in scoring a year ago.

The senior guard is off to a good start to repeat the accomplishment with back-to-back 23 point performances to open 2017-18. The Bluejays had more than enough to cover the NCAA basketball odds in their opener against Yale before dominating Alcorn State in the follow-up. Mitchell Ballock is the freshman to keep an eye on, the 6-5 wing putting up 15 in the second game, and the frontcourt should get better once Jacob Epperson returns, the 6-11 Aussie frosh currently out with a knee injury.

 

’Cats Starting 2017-18 Season Thin In Frontcourt

After making it to March Madness for the first time in school history last season, falling in the 2nd round to Gonzaga, Chris Collins and the Wildcats are loaded up to not only dance again this time, but be serious Big Ten contenders. Collins has his top four scorers back, the quartet of Bryant McIntosh, Scottie Lindsey, Vic Law and Dererk Pardon accounting for more than 60% of NW floor time this past season, and the rotation will gain depth once forwards Aaron Falzon and Rapolas Ivanauskas work their way back from surgeries.

Without Falzon and Ivanauskas, the Wildcats are playing smaller than Collins would like, and the shooting touch from 3-point land wasn’t there in the first two games. I’m liking the ‘under’ for my free college basketball pick in this Big East-Big Ten matchup.

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