College Basketball Picks: Creighton Blue Jays vs. Wisconsin Badgers

No. 14 Creighton Bluejays vs. Wisconsin Badgers
Friday, 11/23/12, 10:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPN2
Opening Point Spread:  Wisconsin -2
Current Betting Line:  Wisconsin PK
Opening Total:  129
Current Total:  129
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The Creighton Blue Jays will hit the road for the first time this year

Creighton leaves home for the first time this season when it heads to the desert for the final two rounds of the 12th Annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.  The Bluejays are averaging 85.0 points and their closest margin of victory has been 17.  “We accomplished what we wanted to accomplish with this four-game homestand,” commented Bluejays coach Greg McDermott.  The program owns six wins in 15 games against the Big Ten Conference since 1973, including a 3-0 mark a season ago.  Creighton is 4-4 in neutral site games the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 5-3 in that situation.

The Bluejays are led by Doug McDermott on the offensive end, as he began this season as the nation’s leading returning scorer.  He is averaging 16.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game through four contests, while he knocked down 29 of 44 shots in scoring 25.3 points per game in three games versus Big Ten foes last year.  In the last 14 years, Creighton has compiled a 9-5 record in its first non-home game of the season.

Wisconsin has won its last two games after suffering a 74-56 setback to the Florida Gators, as it looks to improve upon its 113-28 mark in non-conference games under Bo Ryan.  The Badgers have compiled a solid 11-6 record in neutral site Thanksgiving tournament games since he arrived on campus.  All eyes will be on senior Jared Berggren on the offensive end, as he’s averaging 13.5 points and 6.8 rebounds, while pacing the conference in blocked shots.  Wisconsin is 19-7 ATS versus non-conference foes over the last two-plus seasons, which is something to consider when making your college basketball predictions on Friday.

The Badgers are allowing just 51.0 points per game, while leading all Big Ten squads with a plus-5.8 turnover margin.  Wisconsin is 11-10 all-time against members of the Missouri Valley Conference, while Ryan earned a win over McDermott’s Northern Iowa squad in the 2005 NCAA Tournament.  Over the last four seasons, the program is 15-14 versus ranked opponents, including a 4-2 mark when playing on neutral court.

Sports bettors will likely back the Bluejays due to their 13-2 ATS mark when the total is between 120 to 129.5, while the Badgers are 4-7 ATS as a neutral court favorite of three or fewer points.

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