Lay the Points with Villanova over Creighton in Saturday’s Big East Final

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, March 11, 2017 6:17 PM UTC

Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017 6:17 PM UTC

Our expert offers us a betting preview on Saturday’s Big East Tournament Final between Creighton and Villanova. Don’t make a move on this contest without first reading this informative article which concludes with one of our free college basketball picks.

Creighton and #2 Villanova will square off in the Big East Tournament championship game at Madison Square Garden in New York. There’s a scheduled 5:30 PM ET opening tip, and the game will be televised by Fox. At the time of this writing, a consensus of college basketball betting odds has Villanova as a 9.0-point favorite.


Regular Season Meetings

These teams met twice during the regular season with Villanova winning and covering on each occasion. The Wildcats won by scores of 80-70 at Creighton and 79-63 on their home floor. Creighton only attempted a combined 14 free throws in those contests. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, they allowed Villanova to shoot a red-hot 51.8%.


Big East Tournament Results

Creighton has made an improbable run to the Big East Finals. Especially considering they’ve been without the services of star point guard Mo Watson (12.9 PPG/8.5 APG). Creighton was 19-1 when Watson went down with a season-ending knee injury. Since that time, the Blue Jays have gone an uninspiring 6-7. Creighton has defeated Providence by 12 and Xavier by 3 during the first 2 rounds of this conference tournament. It marked the first time they’ve won 2 straight games since 1/31. As a matter of fact, Creighton hasn’t won 3 straight games since 1/16.

Villanova blew out St. Johns by 41 in their quarterfinal game. During Friday’s semifinals, the Wildcats barely escaped with a 2-point win over Seton Hall, and didn’t come close to covering as an 11.5-point favorite. It was the 4th straight win for Villanova, and it improved their season record to a stellar 29-3.


Final Analysis

Kudos to Creighton for reaching this point and they’ll certainly be included in one the NCAA March Madness brackets. Nevertheless, their modest success will run out today. It’s highly unlikely Villanova will be flat like they were yesterday. After all, that was a Seton Hall team they had blown out twice during the regular season. It may sound like an oxymoron, but Friday’s close call may be just what the doctor ordered for Villanova. For my NCAAB Pick I’m looking for Villanova to win and cover by a sizable margin.

Free NCAAB Pick: Villanova -9.5Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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