How to Watch
When: 2:30 p.m. EST
Where: CenturyLink Center; Omaha, Neb.
Bets are On
Villanova is favored by -7, according to Oddsshark.
Villanova leads the series against Creighton 17-2. Creighton last bested the Wildcats in 2014, ending the game a whopping 101-80 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
For Villanova, Jalen Brunson has dominated this season’s conversation. At first eclipsed by the shooting prowess of a certain freshman at Oklahoma, the Wildcat junior is now making mainstream waves as a serious contender for National Player of the Year. Averaging 19.2 points per game and leading ‘Nova with 138 assists, Brunson is equally adept at facilitating shots, as well as finishing them on his own.
Additionally, Phil Booth has made his long-awaited return for Nova Nation. After being sidelined for a hand injury, Booth re-debuted for Villanova during Wednesday’s game against DePaul. While sophomore Donte DiVincenzo still occupied Booth’s starting position in the line-up, Booth managed to nail a strongly efficient 14 points in 16 minutes.
Creighton will be looking to shake-off their recent back-to-back losses to Marquette and Butler, and this home game in Omaha could prove the ideal setting. The Blue Jays are 14-2 at home this season, a far healthier ratio than their 4-6 record for away games. The scoring tandem of Marcus Foster and Khyri Thomas is poised to continue rallying up Creighton fans. Foster slightly edges out Brunson statistically—averaging 19.8 points per game and landing 44% of his three-pointers (compared to Brunson’s 42%), Foster possesses the prime skillset to lead Creighton’s upset bid.