Baylor vs Creighton NCAA March Madness Predictions and Picks

Baylor vs Creighton NCAA March Madness Predictions and Picks

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The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament continues with the second round matchups, and one of the most exciting games of the day features the Creighton Bluejays and the Baylor Bears. Both teams have advanced to this stage after solid performances in the first round. Creighton defeated North Carolina State 72-63, while Baylor defeated UC Santa Barbara 74-56. The game promises to be an exciting one, and basketball fans will be looking forward to seeing these two teams battle it out on the court. In this article, we'll provide an extensive review of both teams and explain why we believe that the Baylor Bears will come out on top.

 

Creighton Bluejays:

The Bluejays come into this game with a 22-12 record and finished 3rd in the Big East Conference. They had an impressive win over NC State in the first round of the tournament, winning by a score of 72-63.

One of the strengths of the Bluejays is their offense. They score an average of 76.5 points per game, shooting 46.7% from the field. They have a balanced scoring attack with four players averaging double digits in points per game. Ryan Kalkbrenner leads the team in scoring with 15.9 points per game, shooting an incredible 78.3% from the field.

Their defense has been decent this season, allowing an average of 63.0 points per game. They've also been solid on the boards, averaging 37.1 rebounds per game.

 

Baylor Bears:

The Bears come into this game with a 23-10 record and finished 4th in the Big 12 Conference. They had an impressive win over UC Santa Barbara in the first round of the tournament, winning by a score of 74-56.

One of the strengths of the Bears is their defense. They allow an average of 56.0 points per game, which is the 2nd best in the nation. They've also been excellent on the boards, averaging 34.1 rebounds per game.

On the offensive end, the Bears score an average of 77.1 points per game, shooting 44.9% from the field. They have three players averaging double digits in points per game, with Adam Flagler leading the team with 15.6 points per game.

 

Betting Trends

Creighton are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Creighton's last 6 games.

Creighton are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.

Creighton are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against an opponent in the Big 12 conference.

Creighton are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games played in March.

Baylor are 13-5 SU in their last 18 games.

Baylor are 13-2 SU in their last 15 games against an opponent in the Big East conference.

The total has gone OVER in 15 of Baylor's last 20 games played in March.

Baylor are 7-0 SU in their last 7 games played on a Sunday.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Baylor's last 6 games played on a Sunday when at home.

 

Prediction

Both Baylor and Creighton have had great seasons, but we think Baylor will come out on top in this matchup. The Bears have been excellent on defense all season long and have one of the best rebounding teams in the nation.

Creighton's offense will pose a challenge for Baylor, but we think the Bears' defense will be able to contain the Bluejays. Baylor's offense has been solid this season, and they have enough weapons to put up points against Creighton's defense.

Overall, we think Baylor's defense will be the difference-maker in this game, and they will come out on top. Our final score prediction is 74-68 in favor of Baylor.

 

PICK: Baylor -1 (-110)

 

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