College Basketball Betting Predictions: Saint Joseph’s Hawks vs. Creighton Bluejays

Saint Joseph’s Hawks at No. 11 Creighton Blue Jays
Saturday, 12/1/12, 3:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPN3
Opening Point Spread:  Creighton -6.5
Current Betting Line:  Creighton -5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Creighton Bluejays are capable of bouncing back from their first loss of the season on Saturday

Saint Joseph’s is coming off a 74-55 win over American on Wednesday, as the team continues to be led by forward Ronald Roberts, who is averaging double-double with 13.5 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.  The Hawks have held all but one of their opponents below 40 percent from the floor and 70 points in regulation.  “We just gotta go out there and play tough defense,” commented Hawks guard Langston Galloway.  Saint Joseph’s is 26-12 ATS in its last 38 games, which is something to keep in mind when making your college basketball picks against the spread on Saturday.

The Hawks begin a three-game road swing with this contest, as they will also visit Coppin State and Villanova in the next two weeks.  Saint Joseph’s is shooting 46.0 percent from the floor this season, while holding opponents to a 38.8 percent mark.  It’s important to note that senior Carl Jones made his first start of the year against American, scoring 16 points after missing the first two regular-season games due to a university violation.

Creighton will look to bounce back from an 83-70 setback to the Boise State Broncos as 13-point home favorites, as the team may have lost focus after picking up a pair of neutral-site wins over Arizona State and Wisconsin.  “I think we celebrated too much, those wins,” stated Bluejays forward Doug McDermott.  He is the nation’s only returning consensus first-team All-American, as well as college basketball’s top returning scorer from a year ago.  Creighton is 12-3 ATS following a straight-up loss, while the OVER is 7-2 in the team’s last nine home games.

The Blue Jays are 4-5 all-time against the Hawks, but they’ve managed to win four of the past five encounters, but suffered an 80-71 defeat as one-point road favorites last year.  Creighton has compiled a dominating 69-8 record in non-conference games since CenturyLink Center Omaha opened, while the program hasn’t lost back-to-back home games since 1996.  The program ranks 12th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio, which is two spots ahead of this Saturday’s opponent.

Sports bettors will likely back the Bluejays due to their 5-0 ATS mark following a double-digit home loss, while the Hawks are 2-5 ATS on the road versus winning home teams.

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