Creighton vs. Texas (12/1 @ 7:00 PM EST.)
Spread: Texas (-6.5)
Total: Over 139.5
Overview and Betting Info
The 7th ranked Creighton Blue Jays take on the 2nd ranked Texas Longhorns on Thursday, December 1, 2022, as part of the Big East-Big 12 Battle.
Creighton comes into the game at 6-1, and Texas is a perfect 5-0.
The Blue Jays are led by their big man, 7’1” junior Ryan Kalkbrenner. Kalkbrenner leads the team in points scored with an average of 16.1 per game. Baylor Scheierman is the leading rebounder with an average of 9.3 rebounds per game. Creighton’s assists leader Ryan Nembhard has an average of 5.7 per game.
Texas will be Creighton’s most challenging opponent to date. The Blue Jays played three ranked teams in the games leading up to this Texas matchup. They went 2-1 with victories over 21st ranked Texas Tech, and they outlasted 9th ranked Arkansas in a close one with a final score of 90-87. Creighton’s only loss of the season was a tight game on November 23 against 14th ranked Arizona. The final score was 81-79.
Containing Texas means shutting down Tyrese Hunter, Marcus Carr, and Dillon Mitchell. Hunter is the leading point scorer averaging 16.2 points per game. Carr leads the Longhorns in assists with 4 per game, and Mitchell is the leading rebounder with an average of 6.8 per game.
The biggest test to date for this Texas team was against 2nd ranked Gonzaga. The Longhorns dominated and came out with a decisive 93-74 victory.
Free Pick: Over 139.5
Statistically the two teams are close in several categories including average points scored (83.9 for Creighton and 82.2 for Texas) and rebounds 38.4 for Creighton and 38.8 for Texas).
Texas has shut down opponents, giving up an average of 52.8 points per game. Creighton has allowed 67.1 points per game. Despite all of this, both team’s defenses will not be able to keep up with the opposition’s offensive firepower. This will be a shootout which makes the Over 139.5 the recommended pick.