Pick Ole Miss Rebels to Cover vs. Creighton Bluejays

Jeff Grant

Friday, November 28, 2014 4:46 PM GMT

Ole Miss received an early season wake-up call, which makes it a dangerous underdog against Creighton on a neutral floor Friday.

Leaving Omaha
Creighton is leaving the friendly confines of CenturyLink Center Omaha for the first time, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball odds, as it looks to improve upon its 11-5 SU record in its first non-home game of the season.

The Bluejays have had a different leading scorer in winning their first five games, while six men are averaging at least 8.0 points a contest—senior center Will Artino leading the way at 10.2 on 54.3 percent shooting.

It’s important to point out that the team is 10-5 SU and 8-6-1 ATS on a neutral floor since the start of the 2012-13 campaign, with the UNDER going 7-5 in that situation.

 

Reality Check
Ole Miss suffered a forgettable 66-65 overtime loss to Charleston Southern as 13.5-point home favorites to open the season, but Andy Kennedy’s team has shown some resolve in winning its last three games.

The Rebels are capable of continuing their winning ways in the Emerald Coast Classic that’s being played in Niceville, FL, as they’ve gone 16-6 SU in regular-season tournament games since Kennedy arrived on campus. Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 5-13 SU and 9-8-1 ATS as underdogs, with the OVER going 8-7 in 15 opportunities.

 

Distributing the Basketball
The Bluejays are still adjusting to life without National Player of the Year Doug McDermott, who is now lacing them up on NBA courts, but Austin Chatman has proven capable of being a floor general early on.

The senior point guard ranks eighth in school history with 393 career assists, while he accounted for 19 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in the team’s biggest win to date against Oklahoma on Nov. 19.

 

Summer(s) Time
The Rebels have a player of their own to match Chatman on the floor, as Jarvis Summers was also named to the Cousy Award Watch List, which is given to the nation’s top point guard at the end of the year.

Summers enters this exciting matchup as the Southeastern Conference’s active career leader in points, assists and minutes played.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Rebels as one of their top NCAA basketball picks, as they’ve covered the number in their last three games as neutral court underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Ole Miss Rebels +4 at Bookmaker