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How and what to watch for No. 8 Creighton vs. Butler

Creighton will look for its seventh straight victory against a beaten up Butler squad.

Creighton Bluejays guard Antwann Jones and forward Damien Jefferson and center Ryan Kalkbrenner and guard Shereef Mitchell and guard Alex O’Connell take the floor against the St. John’s Red Storm in the second half at CHI Health Center Omaha.  Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

The eighth-ranked Creighton Bluejays will head on the road to take on a struggling Butler Bulldogs squad on Saturday afternoon. So far this, Creighton looks like a team that could make an NCAA Tournament run, while Butler is likely going to be on the outside looking in come March.

Creighton comes into this game with a 10-2 overall record including 6-1 in Big East play, second only to the Villanova Wildcats, which have only played in three conference games so far. The Bluejays won six in a row and are coming off a 97-79 home win over the St. John’s Red Storm. Creighton is led by a group of seniors and ranks 17th offensively, scoring 83.2 points per game.

Butler checks in at 3-7 overall including 2-5 in Big East play for a tie for eighth in the conference. The Bulldogs lost their last two games and are coming into this game with all sorts of injuries. According to the USA Today’s college basketball injury report, Bryce Golden is questionable with an ankle injury, and Chuck Harris missed the last game for a knee injury. The Bulldogs have won three straight games against Creighton at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Creighton vs. Butler on Saturday, January 16th at 2:00 p.m. ET on FS1, or you can stream it via the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends*

Point spread: Creighton -8
Point Total: 140
Money line: Creighton (-360), Butler (+300)

* Game not posted at DraftKings Sportsbook at press time

  • Creighton is 6-0 straight up in its last six games but just 6-6 against the spread this season.
  • Butler is 1-4 straight up in its last five games, and the under hit in four of those games.
  • Creighton is 8-4 against the spread in its last 12 games against Butler, and the total went under in 10 of the last 13 games of this series.

The Best Bet

Teams tend to play well in Hinkle Fieldhouse when they’re supposed to win, and the Bluejays are very much expected to win against a down Bulldogs team. We see plenty of points in our future.

Pick: Creighton -8

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