Creighton Bluejays (22-10) vs. Villanova Wildcats (25-7)
March 12, 2022 6:30 pm EDT
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -6.5 / Creighton Bluejays +6.5; Over/Under: -129.5
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The Creighton Bluejays and Villanova Wildcats meet Saturday in the college basketball Big East Final at Madison Square Garden. The Creighton Bluejays look for a win after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Villanova Wildcats look to build on their four-game winning streak.
The Creighton Bluejays are averaging 69 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 66.7 points on 40 percent shooting. Ryan Hawkins is averaging 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds, while Ryan Kalkbrenner is averaging 12.7 points and 7.5 rebounds. Alex O’Connell is the third double-digit scorer and Ryan Nembhard is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Creighton Bluejays are shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. The Creighton Bluejays are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.4 rebounds per game.
The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 73.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 63.6 points on 41 percent shooting. Collin Gillespie is averaging 16.2 points and 3.9 rebounds, while Justin Moore is averaging 15.3 points and 5.1 rebounds. Caleb Daniels is the third double-digit scorer and Jermaine Samuels is dishing 1.5 assists. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 82.5 percent from the free throw line. The Villanova Wildcats are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.7 rebounds per game.
The Bluejays are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Wildcats are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 27-13-1 ATS in their last 41 neutral site games. The under is 4-1 in Bluejays last 5 overall. The over is 6-2 in Wildcats last 8 Saturday games. The underdog is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
The Villanova Wildcats are the better team and their experience helps them in games like this, but this is a lot of points to give an explosive Creighton side that has shown is capable of beating anybody when that offense is clicking. Creighton is also coming off a stress-free game against Providence that allowed key players to rest a bit. Villanova had to sweat one out against UConn. Give me the Bluejays and the points.