How to Watch, Listen and Stream
Game Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
TV: FS1 (Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery with Lisa Byington)
Radio: Providence 103.7 WEEI FM, Creighton 1620 the Zone
Live Stream: Fox Sports GO (Where Available)
Creighton is a 2-point favorite. The Over/Under is 144. All odds are via OddsShark.com.
Providence leads the all-time series, 13-6. The two teams each won on the other’s home court this season to split the season series. The two teams have only met once in the Big East Tournament. That matchup came in the championship game of the 2014 tournament where Providence beat Creighton to gain entry into the NCAA Tournament that started the Friars’ current streak of 3 consecutive trips to the Big Dance that would be extended to a school-record 4 straight trips if Providence hears their name called on Selection Sunday.
What’s at Stake
Creighton and Providence both appear to be safely into the NCAA Tournament field so a win in this game would only bolster the winning team’s resume. The Bluejays, despite being the 6 seed in the Big East Tournament due to tiebreakers, are projected to have a better spot in the NCAA Tournament than the Friars. The seminfinal matchup would be against the winner of the Butler/Xavier game that tips directly before this one.
Inside the Numbers
Creighton’s Cole Huff does some of his best work in neutral court games. Last year, Huff scored 35 points in Creighton’s quarterfinal loss to eventual Big East Tournament champion Seton Hall. Huff has played a total of six games on neutral courts while at Creighton and he’s averaged 19.7 points and 6.0 rebounds across those contests. He also shot 55.6% from the field, including 58.5% on 41 3-point attempts.
Providence had the second best Free Throw Rate in Big East play, both on offense and defense. Creighton’s offense had the worst Free Throw Rate in Big East play and the Bluejays were one of the worst at getting to the charity stripe in the nation on the season, ranking 332nd out of 351.