College Basketball Picks: Akron Zips vs. Creighton Blue Jays

Akron Zips at No. 16 Creighton Bluejays
Sunday, 12/9/12, 2:05 PM EST, TV:  ESPN3
Opening Point Spread:  Creighton -10.5
Current Betting Line:  Creighton -10.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Creighton Bluejays are 24-6 ATS in their last 30 Sunday games

Akron is coming off an 82-77 overtime win over Middle Tennessee State as four-point home favorites, as the team has now won and covered the spread in three consecutive games.  The Zips only two losses thus far have come in overtime on the road to Coastal Carolina and Oklahoma State.  The program has committed fewer turnovers than its opponents in all six games this season, while ranking sixth nationally in averaging 9.8 3-pointers made per game.  Akron is 8-3 ATS in December the last two-plus seasons, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks against the spread on Sunday.

The Zips have compiled an impressive 40-17 record during this calendar month under the direction of ninth-year head coach Keith Dambrot, as he looks over a roster that has four players averaging in double figures.  Junior guard Alex Abreu is scoring 12.2 points per game, while also dishing out 5.7 assists.  Akron entered the season as the ninth-youngest team in the nation, with 16 players have a total of 15 seasons of collegiate experience.

Creighton improved its record to 8-1 on the season with a dominating 64-42 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers as eight-point road favorites, as the defense has really picked up the intensity since over the last two games.  “The defense has been huge for us,” commented Bluejays star forward Doug McDermott.  He is averaging 21.9 points on the year, as he returned as the nation’s leading returning scorer from a year ago.  Creighton is 8-3 ATS as a home favorite of 9.5 to 12 points since 2010, something to consider when looking over the college basketball odds page.

The Bluejays ranked 222nd nationally last season in field goal percentage defense, but they entered Thursday’s games ranked 73rd in that particular category.  The 42 points by Nebraska were its fewest against Creighton since 1932, a span of 39 meetings.  Getting to the free throw line has been a big advantage for this team in the early going, making 139 shots from the charity stripe, while its opponents have attempted just 124.

Sports bettors will likely back the Bluejays due to their 24-6 ATS mark on Sunday, while the Zips are 14-14 ATS on the road since 2010.

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