Marquette Golden Eagles (12-3) @ Creighton Bluejays (10-5)
NCAA BB: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm ET (CHI Health Center)
Line: Creighton -3
Free NCAA BB Pick Creighton Bluejays Vs. Marquette Golden Eagles
It’s a Big East battle of the birds as the Bluejays take on the Golden Eagles in Omaha Wednesday night. Both teams are 1-1 in a conference displaying a great deal of parity. No Big East team has played more than 3 games thus far, yet Villanova is the only team still unbeaten in conference play.
Creighton challenged themselves in non-conference play this season. They lost 4 of their 5 most difficult non-conference games falling at the hands of Ohio State and Gonzaga at home and Nebraska and Oklahoma on the road. 3 of those 4 teams are currently ranked, and the one that isn’t ranked (Nebraska), has been ranked multiple times this season. Scheduling high caliber opponents prior to conference play has multiple advantages. You won’t play cupcakes in March so why play them in November and December? Also, losing to quality opponents doesn’t hurt your NCAA Tournament status as much as beating them helps that status.
So far in conference play, the Bluejays won at Providence and lost at Butler. You can bet everything you’ve got the CHI Health Center will be rocking as Creighton welcomes a ranked opponent for their first home conference tilt.
Like Creighton, Marquette also challenged itself in non-conference play. Chronologically, the Golden Eagles lost to Indiana and Kansas, and then beat Louisville, Kansas State, Wisconsin, and Buffalo. Making the NCAA Tournament is not a question for Marquette. The question is how good of a seed they can earn by finishing well in the Big East. Thus far in conference play, the Golden Eagles lost at St. John’s and beat Xavier at home. Both games were blowouts.
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Free NCAA BB Pick Marquette Golden Eagles Vs. Creighton Bluejays
Let’s look at the motivation level for these 2 teams.
Creighton – The Bluejays are the hungrier for a few key reasons. For 1, they are coming off a blowout loss at Butler. Intuitively, you might think that’s a bad thing. It’s not. Failure causes players to dig a bit deeper. When you win, you naturally become complacent. You become comfortable. When you lose, you work on the things you did wrong. You’re upset, and you work that much harder to get back to your winning ways.
Creighton is playing their 1st home conference game, and it’s against a ranked opponent. The players and fans at Creighton will be extra amped up for both of these reasons.
Marquette – The Golden Eagles are coming off a blowout win at home against Xavier. They are prancing into a hostile environment on the road against a very good offensive team in Creighton. It will be extremely difficult for Marquette to match the intensity level of Creighton.
In a high-flying and high scoring affair, I expect the Bluejays to soar past the Golden Eagles Wednesday night.
Pick: Creighton -3