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How the public is betting Providence vs. No. 11 Creighton

The Creighton Blue Jays will be looking to complete the season sweep over the Providence Friars on Wednesday night.

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

In one of four Top-25 games on Wednesday night, the Providence Friars will be taking on the No. 11-ranked Creighton Blue Jays. The Blue Jays are tied for first place in the Big East, while the Friars are sitting in seventh place.

This game is scheduled to tip off at 7:00 p.m. ET and will be televised on FS1. Providence is coming into Big East matchup on a three-game losing streak. One of their three losses actually came against Creighton on Jan. 2, losing 67-65.

Providence did not shoot the ball well from the field at 33.8 percent, but they shot it from behind the arc at 39.1 percent. The Friars also won the rebounding battle over the Jays, 49-39. Last week, Providence also lost 69-59 to the Marquette Golden Eagles. The Friars have not won a game since Dec. 30 against the Butler Bulldogs.

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays saw their six-game winning streak snapped last week against Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Creighton lost 70-66 in overtime, despite shooting 46.3 percent from the field. But they shot 26.1 percent from three-point range and recorded 13 turnovers. The Bulldogs were able to pull off a 13-point second half comeback, thanks to only having seven turnovers and Aaron Thompson scoring 17 points.

So where are sports bettors going as we get closer to game time? Let’s take a look. All odds and info were provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Point Spread

Creighton is a 9-point favorite in this matchup. Two-thirds of the bets placed are on the favorite, while 70 percent of early handle is on the underdog Friars.

Is the public right?

Looking at how these two teams have played in their last five games, it is easy to pick the Blue Jays. But they haven’t played great against the spread over that span of time with a record of 2-3. Surprisingly, Creighton was also favored in all of those games. Meanwhile, the Friars almost have a similar ATS record to the Blue Jays at 3-2. But two of those wins came as four-point underdogs against Creighton and Xavier. With that in mind, it is not surprising to see there being a ton of action on the Friars.


The point total is listed at 144.5. The betting public is backing the over with 72 percent of handle and 78 percent of total bets.

Is the public right?

The last time these two teams played each other, the total score was 132, which under the point total of 146. However, the public is siding with the over in this second rematch. In their last three games, Creighton is averaging 84 points per game, while Providence is averaging 69 points per game. If those teams play close to those averages, it will take them over the total on Wednesday night.


Creighton is -480 on the moneyline while Providence is +350. 96 percent of handle and 94 percent of bets are on the Bluejays.

Is the public right?

Unlike the spread and over/under point total, the moneyline pick is not in question as the public is overwhelmingly taking the Blue Jays. Creighton has been dominant in their last five contests. They barely escaped with a two-point victory in their first matchup, but the Blue Jays should be able to pull away on Wednesday night.

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