The Providence Friars will look to strengthen their grip on the top spot of the Big East conference standings when they take on the Creighton Bluejays this Tuesday. The Bluejays are going to play at home in this one, but regardless of location, this Creighton team has shown it can pull off wins against quality teams. Check out our preview below of this Providence-Creighton Big East matchup.
Betting Preview for the Providence Friars vs Creighton Bluejays NCAA College Basketball Game on January 11 2022
Where: CHI Health Center, Omaha, NE
When: Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 9:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Providence Friars (+2.5)
Record: 0-0 Overall / 0-0 Conference
After losing to the Marquette Golden Eagles – their first in Big East play this season – the Providence Friars got back up and scored an 83-73 home win over the St. John’s Red Storm last Saturday. Providence, which has yet to lose a true home game this season, shot well from the field against the Red Storm, as Ed Cooley’s boys made over 5 percent of shots, though the Friars went just 18.8 percent on their threes. Nate Watson led Providence with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Al Durham added 23 points. Experience is an asset for the Friars, and that could be a big factor in how they deal with the much relatively younger Creighton squad. Per KenPom, Providence is ninth in the nation in terms of experience, while the Bluejays are 308th. It’s also probably why Providence gets to the line a lot.
Providence, which is 16th nationally with 21.9 free throw attempts per game, is 8-1 against the spread in its last nine outings.
Betting on the Creighton Bluejays (-2.5)
Record: 14-2 Overall / 4-1 Conference
Creighton is coming off a 75-41 road loss in a rematch against the Villanova Wildcats on Jan. 5, snapping the Bluejays’ two-game win streak. Although they got smashed by Villanova, the Bluejays have been punching above their weight this season. Creighton, as mentioned earlier, is one of the most inexperienced teams in the nation as the team doesn’t have a returning starter from last season but has managed to get wins against the BYU Cougars, Marquee Golden Eagles, and even Villanova. The Bluejays will look to get their top scorers in rhythm again after Ryan Hawkins and Ryan Kalkbrenner combine for just four points in the loss to Villanova. Hawkins leads Creighton this season with 13.4 points per game, while Kalkbrenner is putting up 12.3 points per contest.
The under is 7-3 in Creighton’s last 10 games overall.
Creighton wins, 67-64.
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