The Texas Longhorns enter Thursday as the No. 2 team in the country, but they will face a serious test from the seventh-ranked Creighton Bluejays. Read on for our top Creighton-Texas predictions.
The undefeated Longhorns enter Thursday averaging 82.2 points per game while allowing only 52.8. Their smothering defense has managed to force 9.8 steals per game, as they have held four of their five opponents under 60 points.
The Bluejays are 6-1 after losing a hard-fought game against the Arizona Wildcats in the Maui Invitational final. It’s hard to look much into the loss as it came on their third straight day of playing against Power 5 opponents.
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Creighton vs. Texas Game Info
Date: Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. ET
Location: Moody Center, Austin, TX
Creighton vs. Texas Odds
Creighton vs. Texas Odds Analysis
The Longhorns opened as 6.5-point favorites, and the line has moved to 7.5 at all of the major sportsbooks except for DraftKings where it has stayed at 6.5.
When it comes to the total, there hasn’t been much movement. It opened at 140.5, and it has stayed put at FanDuel and BetMGM while rising slightly to 141 at DraftKings. At PointsBet, it did climb as high as 141, but it has now dropped to 139.5.
Creighton vs. Texas Picks
- ATS: Creighton +7.5 (-110 via PointsBet) ★★
- Over/Under: Over 139.5 (-110 via PointsBet) ★★★
- Prop: Tyrese Hunter Over 1.5 3-Pointers made (+115 via DraftKings) ★★★★
Creighton vs. Texas ATS Pick
Creighton +7.5 (-110) ★★
It’s surprising that this line isn’t bigger. Take into account that pretty much no one is giving Creighton a chance, and this feels like a trap being set by oddsmakers.
The Longhorns have a defining 19-point win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs on their resume, but aside from that contest, they have played no one. Their defensive numbers are incredibly inflated, and while their defense is very good, the Bluejays have a solid offense that is shooting 51.2 percent from the field this season.
Creighton is battle-tested, and while the Bluejays are going to struggle to pull out the win in Austin, they should be able to keep this within four possessions.
Creighton vs. Texas O/U Pick
Over 139.5 (-115) ★★★
When these two teams play against good teams, the scores end up soaring. Creighton has played three Power 5 teams this season. The final scores were 76-65, 90-87, and 81-79.
The Texas defense is intimidating, but in the Longhorns' only true test of the season, they allowed Gonzaga to score 74 points. The Bluejays are currently sixth in the nation in offensive efficiency, so they should be able to put some points up against Texas.
Yet, Texas is not going to roll over and lose this game. Texas will score as well and could break 80 points, as has been done three times this season. Neither one of these teams has shown signs of playing low-scoring games, and that should not change Thursday.
Creighton vs. Texas Prop Pick
Hunter Over 1.5 3-Pointers made (+115) ★★★★
Texas guard Tyrese Hunter has made nine 3-pointers in five games, though he has had two nights where he didn’t make a single one. However, against Gonzaga, he was 5-8 from deep, and he is coming off a 3-6 night against UT Rio Grande Valley.
The Bluejays are ranked 296th in the country in opponent 3-point percentage. Hunter and the Longhorns will have a decided advantage from behind the arc if they want to exploit the Bluejays’ weakness.
Also, this is at a much better price than Marcus Carr’s Over, which is set at -175. Both players will hit their marks, but Hunters offers more value.
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Creighton-Texas picks made 12/1/2022 at 8:54 a.m. ET