NCAA Basketball Picks: Cincinnati vs. Creighton

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 3:46 PM GMT

Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013 3:46 PM GMT

Doug McDermott and the Bluejays are in for a tough battle in the first round against a stout defensive team in Cincinnati. Which way do we go with our sports picks?


Odds Overview
 

Most of the top online sportsbooks have the Bluejays favored by three points, but one or two have the spread at 3.5. These two teams were on opposite ends of the spectrum in the ATS world, with Cincinnati at 11-18-0 and Creighton at 18-13-1. 

You can locate a total of 128 for now, with the UNDER going 12-4 in the Bluejays' past 16 cntests overall. 

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[gameodds]14/225017/43/us[/gameodds]

Creighton Bluejays

Look over Creighton's statistics and you'll see just how important McDermott is to this team. He was the only Bluejay to average in double figures. 

The numbers are pretty remarkable. McDermott put up 23.2 PPG and 7.5 RPG, while recording some fantastic shooting percentages. He shot 56.1 percent overall, 49.7 percent from beyond the arc, and 86.0 percent from the charity stripe.

Because of McDermott, Creighton finished #24 in the nation in scoring (75.4 PPG) and first in field goal percentage (50.8 percent). They also ranked fifth in the country in assists (17.2 APG).

That offensive effectiveness led to 27 overall wins, a Missouri Valley Conference championship, and a seven seed in the Big Dance. 

You've also been making quite a bit of money if you've been on Creighton's side lately. They've cashed in five straight games ahead of Friday afternoon's tipoff. 

Cincinnati Bearcats 

Despite getting spanked by Georgetown in the Big East tournament, the committee liked Cincinnati's overall resume and awarded them the tenth seed in the Midwest.

The Bearcats had a rollercoaster of a season. They had big wins over Oregon, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Villanova, but also went through a stretch in which they lost three straight and five of six during conference play.

The talent is in place for Cincinnati to make some noise here in March, especially when it comes to their backcourt. Sean Kilpatrick is a big-time player who thrives in the spotlight, while point guard Cashmere Wright has also had his moments.

The Bearcats, though, have had their fair share of trouble scoring the rock this season, so they've mainly been relying on their defense to win them games.

They're going to be in for one heck of a challenge in this first round against one one of the most dangerous offensive teams around. Can Cincinnati rise to the challenge?

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College Basketball Pick 

We are not going near the spread here, as we don't see much value for our sports picks on either side. The Bluejays have the best player and are the better team offensively in this matchup, but the Bearcats are more balanced and are superior defensively.

As such, we are going to recommend that readers instead make a play on the UNDER with their college basketball picks. 

The Bearcats have surrendered a mere 58.8 PPG on 38.5 percent shooting this season, while the Bluejays have allowed 63.1 PPG. We feel the intensity on the defensive end will make it difficult for this one to turn into a shootout. 

In a battle of contrasting styles, we don't see points coming that easy, so we think the UNDER has a great chance of coming through for backers.

Free Pick: UNDER 128 

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