NCAA Basketball Picks Creighton vs. Butler

Jeff Grant

Thursday, February 13, 2014 2:53 PM GMT

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 2:53 PM GMT

The Butler Bulldogs had no chance against the Creighton Bluejays in their first meeting, but things may be a bit different the second time around Thursday. Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this Big East Conference affair at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Disappointing effort

Creighton had its four-game winning streak snapped Sunday, as it dropped a 70-65 decision to the St. John’s Red Storm as 2.5-point road favorites, while going UNDER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest.

The Bluejays have knocked down just 26 of 84 three-point attempts over their last four games—disappointing numbers for a team that ranks fourth in the country in shooting 41.9 percent from beyond the arc.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 3-0 ATS as road favorites of 6.5 to 9 points.

Spiraling downward

Butler’s first season without head coach Brad Stevens has taken a turn for the worst, as the squad is 1-5 SUATS over its last six games, including a 64-50 setback to the Xavier Musketeers as two-point home underdogs Tuesday.

The Bulldogs have dropped their last five games versus top-25 opponents dating back to the 2012-13 campaign.

College basketball handicappers will find that the team will try to avenge an embarrassing 88-60 loss to Creighton as 10-point road underdogs on Jan. 14.

McDermott

The Bluejays are led on the offensive end by senior forward Doug McDermott, who enters this matchup averaging 25.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

McDermott was the 2012 and 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, while earning the distinction of being the 2014 Preseason Big East Player of the Year.

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There’s no place like home

The Bulldogs have compiled a dominating 233-39 SU record at this venue since the 1995-96 season, but they’ve dropped three of their last five versus ranked foes in that situation.

Butler is 19-7-2 ATS in its last 28 home games versus teams with a winning road record.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Bulldogs as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as they landed in a terrible situational spot before their first meeting with the Bluejays.

Butler played three overtime home games and a road affair leading up to that affair—that’s not the case Thursday.

Pick: Butler Bulldogs +8

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