Butler Bulldogs (14-7) vs. Creighton Bluejays (16-5)
Butler Bulldogs will square off against Creighton Bluejays on Friday in an exciting NCAA Men’s Basketball contest that showcases both depth and competition among collegiate programs. Boasting 14-7 records respectively, both are expected to provide some incredible live betting opportunities this weekend at Omaha CHI Health Center Omaha for this high-stakes clash.
The Butler Bulldogs have shown both resilience and skill this season, boasting an effective attack from both ends of the floor. Averaging 80.8 points per game while shooting 45.8% from the field underlines their offensive prowess; their defense cannot be discounted either, holding opponents while maintaining a healthy rebounding presence – an average of 37.2 per game is testament to that fact.
Creighton Bluejays have been nothing short of spectacular this season, scoring an average of 79.7 points per game on 48% field goal shooting and recording 39.5 rebounds per game despite their relatively inferior assist turnover ratio than Butler Bulldogs. Their 35.6% 3-point shooting has also contributed greatly to their success this year.
Butler Bulldogs vs. Creighton Bluejays Game Info
|Friday, February 2, 2024 at 9:00 PM ET
|CHI Health Center Omaha
Pierre Brooks (Guard) vs. Baylor Scheierman (Guard)
Butler’s Pierre Brooks has been the Bulldogs’ top offensive threat, averaging 16.6 points on 47.4% shooting from the field and 43.2% from three. The sophomore guard has scored in double-figures in eight straight games, proving capable of catching fire from deep with multiple threes in six of those outings. He could pose major issues for Creighton if his outside shot is falling. However, Brooks has struggled with turnovers at times, coughing the ball up nearly two times per contest.
Baylor Scheierman has been a stat sheet stuffer for the Bluejays, posting 17.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. He’s a highly efficient shooter, knocking down 43.5% of his shots and 37.9% from beyond the arc. Scheierman has four double-doubles in his last five games while scoring at least 15 points in six straight entering this matchup. With Butler lacking size on the wing, the 6’7″ Scheierman could have a major advantage on the glass and as a playmaker.
This battle of elite guard talents could determine who gains the upper hand on Friday night. Brooks’ three-point shooting prowess gives Butler a puncher’s chance against the first-place Bluejays. However, Scheierman’s versatile skill set and matchup advantage makes him difficult to contain, especially with Butler’s 174th ranked defense in tow. If Scheierman continues his red-hot play, Creighton should have enough firepower to outgun the dangerous Brooks and Bulldogs.
NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
With the betting odds and spreads yet to be determined, bettors should keep a keen eye on the updates as the game approaches. The trends suggest a closely contested battle, potentially offering value picks on the spread and total points.
Butler Bulldogs Betting Trends
Butler has been an unreliable team to back this season, covering the spread in just 8 of their 21 games. However, the Bulldogs have seen contests turn into shootouts recently, going over the total in four of their last five matchups. Butler is surrendering over 73 points per game in its last 10 outings, suggesting Creighton’s offense could have their way.
Creighton Bluejays Betting Trends
The Bluejays have rattled off four straight wins but have surprisingly covered just once in that stretch. While Creighton is scoring over 80 points per game at home this season, opponents have found offensive success as well with the total going over in six of the Bluejays’ last seven at CHI Health Center. Creighton allows nearly 70 points on its home court, meaning Butler should be able to exploit the Bluejays’ shaky defense to contribute to another high-scoring affair.
Butler Bulldogs vs. Creighton Bluejays 2/2/24 Betting Picks
Given its stats, trends, and key player pairings, this game promises to be closely contested. Both teams have shown their ability to score prolifically, which makes the OVER an appealing bet given recent trends from both teams.
Creighton holds an edge in this matchup due to their balanced offense and slightly superior defensive metrics, although its ultimate outcome could hinge on key player contributions like Baylor Scheierman’s all-around contributions which may make all the difference in terms of game results.
Look for Creighton to leverage their home-court advantage and superior rebounding to secure a victory in what promises to be a closely fought battle. Bettors should consider Creighton for the win and keep an eye on the OVER, aligning with the recent scoring trends of both teams. Keep this game on your radar for NCAAB daily picks, as it offers intriguing opportunities for value betting.