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Creighton Bluejays – March Madness Team Predictions, Odds and Preview 2017

Creighton Bluejays – March Madness Team Predictions, Odds and Preview 2017

Creighton Bluejays (Overall: 25-9, Conf: 10-8)

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Team Strengths:

Offense has been Creighton’s main calling card this 2016-17 NCAA campaign. Even though they lost assists leader Maurice Watson Jr. to an ACL injury midway through the season, the Bluejays still managed to put up a highly-respectable 82.1 PPG average this campaign. That’s 19th-best in the entire nation. They shoot a high percentage from the perimeter as well, knocking down 39.9 percent of their 3-point attempts, which is 17th-best in Division I. Big man Justin Patton has proven to be lethal as well from beyond the arc, nailing 57.1 percent of his outside shots. With the way their shooting the basketball, the sky’s the limit for the Bluejays who are pegged at +10,000 to win this year’s national championship.

Team Weaknesses:

Rebounding has been the main source of concern for head coach Greg McDermott this season. They’re ranked 229th in the nation in this department, averaging a measly 34.9 boards per game this campaign. The Bluejays have struggled mightily, in particular, on the offensive glass. Creighton’s offensive rebound percentage this season is at a lowly 25 percent. That’s the 39th-worst rate in the entire country.

Team Stats:

Category Stat Rank
Points Per Game 82.1 19
Rebounds Per Game 34.9 229
Assists Per Game 17.3 10
3-Point Percentage 39.9 17
Free Throw Percentage 68.2 244

Starting Lineup:

Position Name PPG
F Cole Huff 9.2
C Justin Patton 13.5
G Marcus Foster 18.3
G Khyri Thomas 12.4
G Davion Mintz 3.3

Writer’s Prediction:

Creighton (+10,000) strikes out in the Sweet 16.

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Written by Joel

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