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7:00 PM EST. Creighton is 10-5 overall, 1-1 in the conference and in seventh place in the Big East out of 10 teams. They are also coming off a 15-point loss this past Saturday against Butler. That loss Saturday was greatly exposed too, as it was the first Saturday of the season without college football and therefore, parlay enthusiasts were hooking up college basketball games with NFL playoff games. Thus, while the Bluejays were getting whacked by Butler, Marquette was putting a beatdown on Xavier at the exact same time. Now an unranked Creighton is favored by -3½ over #21 ranked Marquette. If this isn’t the perfect setup for the Bluejays, than shame on us.
The Golden Eagles are indeed ranked 21st in the country but it’s not legit. For one, Marquette has only played two road games and they’re 0-2. Secondly, they have played the 137th ranked Strength of Schedule (SOS) and that beatdown over Xavier on Saturday wa snot because the Golden Eagles played well, it’s because the Musketeers were awful. The Golden Eagles are truly a one-man show with Markus Howard and while that will and has got them wins at home, it is not enough to pick up victories on the road. Marquette’s two road losses were to Indiana by 23 and to St. John’s by 20 and it’s something that should not be ignored. Road games often tell the true story of what a team is or is not capable of. Incidentally, the Bluejays SOS is ranked 7th in the country and they can score in bunches too.
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#800 CREIGHTON -3 -110 (Risking 2.2 units - To Win: 2.00)