How to Watch
When: Noon, EST
Where: CHI Health Center; Omaha, NE
Bets are On
Creighton is favored by -1, according to Oddsshark.
The Villanova Wildcats travel to Omaha to meet the Creighton Bluejays, in the latest test to the Wildcats’ current undefeated status in BIG EAST conference play. While ‘Nova may be 3-0 so far (12-4 overall), coach Jay Wright’s squad certainly has not cruised their way to easy Ws. Villanova’s conference action so far has been marked by clawing through to rally past opponents’ leads and securing the win in the final minutes—in fact, ‘Nova has yet to win a BIG EAST game by double-digits.
For the Wildcats to excel in Omaha, they are going to have to tap into sharper-shooting far quicker than the pace of games past. A spark to ignite that quick-playmaking? Freshman Jahvon Quinerly. While Quinerly’s prolonged time on the bench was the subject of intense mystery during nonconference play, the freshman has seen increased minutes in BIG EAST action. Accentuating the steady shooting of seniors Eric Paschall and Phil Booth, Quinerly facilitates high-energy plays on both ends of the court.
For Creighton, the Bluejays will be looking to avenge their latest loss on Wednesday. Losing to Marquette 106-104 (yes, these are actual college basketball numbers) in a thrilling overtime game, Creighton now comes into today’s game with a noted competitive edge. With a fully-stacked artillery of efficient shooting, the Bluejays have somewhat of a recent history in dismantling Villanova. A prime example? Last season, Creighton unraveled ‘Nova 89-83 at home. To replicate those winning efforts, sophomore Ty-Shon Alexander will undoubtedly have a large part. Alexander tops scoring for Creighton, averaging 17.1 points per game.