NCAA Basketball Picks on Spread in Creighton vs. Marquette

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 1:44 PM GMT

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this Big East Conference showdown between the Creighton Bluejays and the Marquette Golden Eagles at the Bradley Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

The Creighton Bluejays are one of the best offensive teams in the country, as they attempt to sweep their regular season series against the Marquette Golden Eagles Wednesday.

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Cream of the crop

Creighton is certainly the best team in the Big East heading into the final weeks of February, as it has compiled a 21-4 SU and 14-9 ATS record through 25 games. 

The Bluejays possess the best offensive player in the country in senior forward Doug McDermott, who is averaging 25.9 points per game.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 6-4 SU and 4-6 ATS as road favorites of three or fewer points. 

Putting things together 

Marquette is enjoying its first three-game winning streak of the season, as it picked up a 81-72 victory over the Xavier Musketeers as 4.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 136.

The Golden Eagles are 23-1 SU in their last 24 conference home games, as they try to gain revenge from a 67-49 defeat to the Bluejays as 8.5-point road underdogs on Dec. 31. 

College basketball handicappers will find that the program is 3-2 SUATS as home underdogs of three or fewer points since the 2011-12 campaign. 

Playing on the road 

The Bluejays are worthy favorites on the SBR Odds page, considering they’ve gone 23-10 SU in true road games over the last three years.

Creighton has also covered the number in 16 of its last 23 games versus teams with a winning record. 

Plenty of depth 

The Golden Eagles have 11 active scholarship players that averaging 10-plus minutes per game, as that group will need to play better perimeter defense, with the Bluejays knocking down 13 3-pointers the first time around. 

Marquette is 13-6 SU and 11-7 ATS during this particular calendar month the last two-plus seasons.

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Bluejays as one of their college basketball picks, as the Golden Eagles have struggled mightily against teams that’ll likely land in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

NCAA Basketball Pick:  Creighton Bluejays -3