Authored by College Basketball Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball game on Wednesday December 31, 2014 at 7:30 PM EST.
The (9-4) Creighton Blue Jays of the Big East Conference will make the trip from their campus in Omaha, Nebraska to the Ocean State to take on the (10-3) Providence Friars also of the Big-East Conference 2014 NCAA Basketball action. The teams will play at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. This Sports Handicapper believes Creighton will play better than NCAA Basketball experts predict and will make a run in the Big-East Tournament. Providence is on the upswing and will try to repeat as Big-East Tournament champions, but they have their work cutout. The betting line is not available for Wednesday game.
The 2014-15 Creighton Blue Jays should fare much better taking longer trip to bigger cities against better competition after last season’s introduction to Big-time College Basketball. Creighton lost four players that combine for 50-points per game last year. How will the Blue Jays replace NBA first rounder Doug McDermott and his 26 points per game? Coach Greg McDermott, Doug’s dad, has to do a masterful job from the bench. Creighton got blown out in the first-round of the 2013-14 NCAA March Madness Tournament by 30-points to Baylor 85-55. The betting odds under is 9-1 Creighton last ten overall. Creighton is 1-4 on NCAA Basketball Against The Point Spread Predictions their last five. The Blue Jays lost their last game on December 21st 62-58 at North Texas. Creighton guard Austin Chapman is the team’s lone returning starter and has to provide leadership off and on the court. Chapman, a Texas native is going to have to pull this team together as conference play begins, it’s a long season, and the Blue Jays will get better.
The 2014-15 Providence Friars are on a four-game win streak after their 76-62 against Miami, Florida on December 22nd. Providence lost their best player Bryce Cotton to graduation, and he was the catalyst of the Friars the past few seasons. Senior Forward LeDontae Henton and Junior Tyler Harris can score but need a going guard to set them up around the bucket. Head Coach Ed Cooley a Providence native needs guard Kris Dunn to stay healthy and distribute, score and break the press. Providence is 7-2 ATS their last nine vs. Big East opponents. The betting odds over is 20-6-1 their last 27 overall. The Providence Friars are 6-2-1 Against The Point Spread their last nine, going over the betting odds total five times and staying under once when a total is available. The key to a Friars win is to get up and down the court at a fast pace, not allowing Creighton to set their defense.
Free Pick: Side and Total.