NCAA Basketball Picks: Bet Creighton -4 Over DePaul in Big East Tournament

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 7:15 PM GMT

Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2015 7:15 PM GMT

We’re going to be deciphering the first round Big East Conference Tournament game between Creighton and DePaul. Do you want to know who holds the edge in this contest between these lower seeded teams? All you have to do is read our NCAA Basketball betting preview article to get that answer.

Big East Tourney Opener on Wednesday Night
The #10 seed Creighton Blue Jays (13-18, 4-14) will face #7 DePaul (12-19, 6-12) on Wednesday in the first round of the Big East Conference Tournament. According to the NCAA Basketball Odds at 5Dimes, Creighton is a 4.0 point favorite. They split their two meetings this season with the road team winning on each occasion. Both of those games stayed under the total, and all of their previous five encounters have played on the low side of the number. The winner of this contest will take on #2 seed Georgetown on Thursday.

 

Creighton hoping to atone for a miserable Regular Season
The Creighton Blue Jays enter the Big East Conference Tournament as the bottom seed. It’s a far cry from what we’ve witnessed in recent years at Creighton. The Blue Jays were a combined 84-22 (.792) the past three seasons. Creighton lost each of their previous three regular season games. However, it’s definitely worth noting that those three defeats came by 6-points combined versus Xavier, Villanova, and Seton Hall.

 

Terrible Finish to the Season for DePaul
The DePaul Blue Demons were off to an encouraging 5-2 start in Big East action, and then they proceeded to lose ten of their last eleven conference games, including dropping each of their previous seven. DePaul also finished the regular season by going under the total in all of their last five games, and the average combined points score in those contests was 125.0. The Blue Demons averaged a paltry 54.6 points per game, and shot a miserable 38.5% from the field during those last five losses.

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Final Analysis
Neither one of these teams had an exemplary stretch run to close their regular season slates. Something has to give in this matchup, and at the end of the day the current point spread on this contest speaks volumes. We have a team (Creighton) which finished last in the Big East regular season standings, and they’re currently a 4.0 point favorite in a conference tournament game. The truth of the matter is that Creighton is the least of two evils in this matchup, and you can make a strong case they’re playing more competitive basketball at this juncture. I’m going to follow that line of thinking when making my NCAA Basketball Picks for Wednesday.

Free NCAA Basketball Picks - Play on Creighton -4.0 over DePaul at 5Dimes.

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