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Game Guide: Nebraska vs Creighton

Get your popcorn out! - because it's the state's finest basketball game and the economy depends on popcorn sales.

Mad respect mi amigo.
Mad respect mi amigo.
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How to Watch:

Gametime: 7:00pm CT

Location: CenturyLink Center, Omaha (sold out)

Watch: CBS Sports Network

Listen: 1620AM the Zone in Omaha / 1400AM in Lincoln

Stream: Check out some great live stats with StatBroadcast!

Odds & Ends:

Creighton is a 5.5 point favorite at the start of the day.

Over/Under: 149

Moneyline: Creighton opens at -233 while Nebraska sits at +190

Other Hot, Steamy, Words about Sports

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As usual. check out the Omaha World~Herald - a 'newspaper'. I still can't believe Steve Pivovar is writing for them, as his talents would be better suited writing obituaries for the Sioux Falls newspaper.

Speaking of Steve Pivovar, he tweeted this earlier in the week during a Creighton practice:

My Words about the Sports:

Creighton and Nebraska are a rivalry because they exist relatively close to one another. It's always a fun time when the two meet up in any sport because the Nebraska fans feel as if Creighton is the spoiled, privileged private University in the state's only semi-cultural city. Creighton sees Nebraska as the big public university that admits even the stupidest of individuals (they even admitted me!).

When it comes to basketball, however, Nebraska has the edge with a 25-23 record against the Bluejays. This will be an interesting test of two ballclubs, as Tim Miles has finally found an offensive edge for the first time in his tenure with the squad. Relying heavily on the talents of Shavon Shields, Benny Parker and newcomer/former KU player Andrew White III, the Cornhuskers have become resilient behind the 3-point line. After losing Terran Petteway last year, it seemed as if the already lackluster offense would struggle mightily, only for the assumed defense-first Cornhuskers to start putting up big numbers against their competition. Their only losses this year are to a really good Miami team (the game went to overtime), a blowout loss to our friend Villanova, and to a rough-and-tumble Cincinnati team.

Creighton sortof haphazardly stumbles into this game after losing their last two games to Arizona State and Loyola-Chicago. A poor defensive performance in the second half grounded the Bluejays against the Sun Devils, while poor free throw shooting and awful 3-point shooting doomed them against the Ramblers. Earlier on in the year the Bluejays were crushed by Indiana, much in the same way that Villanova crushed Nebraska. Strange, isn't it?

This matchup, on paper, looks nip-and-tuck. The aforementioned favoritism Vegas gave Creighton seems like a lark; it's really tough to predict the outcome of this one. Which Creighton team will show up? The one that absolutely demolished UMass and Western Illinois or the one that choked from the stripe against ASU and Loyola? Tune in to CBS Sports Network at 7pm to find out!