Creighton at Arizona State NCAA Basketball Lines
The Creighton Blue Jays have gotten off to an 11-0 start this season, including a 12-point home win over then-#9 Wisconsin. They head to Tempe to take on an Arizona State team that sits at 6-5, but some of those losses have been ugly, including an 11-point setback against New Mexico State, a 33-point less against Purdue and a 46-point shellacking at the hands of Kentucky. Let’s take a look at this matchup, and before you go, check out all of our online sports betting picks and odds for this week.
NCAAB: #9 Creighton at Arizona State Odds and Game Info
When: Tuesday, December 20, 9:00pm ET
Where: Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, AZ
Radio: 1620 AM the Zone Omaha / ASU Sun Devil Radio Network
Live Stream: WatchESPN
NCAAB Odds: Creighton -7
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Why should you bet on the Blue Jays?
While Arizona State has played the slightly tougher schedule, the Blue Jays have delivered significantly better results. They average 8.6 more points per game than the Sun Devils and have covered the spread in eight of their 11 games to this point. In their last game, a 66-65 nail-biter of a win over Oral Roberts University, they blew a 13-point lead in the second half, scored on just six of their last 29 possessions and still picked up a win, keyed by Marcus Foster’s 22 points and game-winning jumper at the 3:28 mark of the second half. While ORU is now just 2-10, that ability to weather adversity and still win should serve them well as they take on a mediocre ASU squad.
Why should you put your money on the Sun Devils?
If the Blue Jays went ice-cold against lowly Oral Roberts, then they could suffer a similar power outage down in Tempe, as Creighton will be playing just their second true road game of the season, as all of their other tilts have either been at home or in neutral-site tournaments. Despite the fact that the Sun Devils’ top freshman recruit, Sam Cunliffe — their most highly regarded recruit since James Harden — has decided to transfer out of the program, Bobby Hurley still has his players focusing on increasing the success of their up-tempo offense and working toward improving on both offense and defense. I don’t see that being enough to justify a bet for them, though.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like Creighton to roll right through Arizona State, particularly after that Sun Devil loss to New Mexico State on Saturday. I predict a final score of Creighton 81, Arizona State 68.