The Creighton Bluejays have an opportunity to get back near the top of the Big East standings over their next few games, but that starts with a pivotal matchup at Butler on Wednesday night. The Bluejays have won their last two games, but haven't won three in a row since the end of November. Bulldogs sophomore guard Chuck Harris had a breakout game against Providence in his last start, but his team has lost four straight, and is looking to stop the bleeding with an upset at home.
Game time from Hinkle Fieldhouse is set for 6:30 p.m. ET, where the Bulldogs are 2-7 against the spread this season. The Bluejays are favored by 2.5 points in the latest Butler vs. Creighton odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 126.5. Before entering any Creighton vs. Butler picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Butler vs. Creighton spread: Butler +2.5
- Butler vs. Creighton over-under: 126.5 points
What you need to know about Butler
Butler came up short against Providence on Sunday, 69-62, but a silver lining for Butler was the play of guard Bo Hodges, who had 17 points along with eight rebounds. The Bulldogs lost their previous two games -- both to No. 20 Connecticut -- by 19 points apiece, and by 40 points at Villanova on January 16. Hodges only averages 5.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, and Sunday's outing was his first double-digit scoring night of the season. Harris averages just over 10 points per start, but had 21 in the losing effort.
Butler hasn't put up big point totals this season, but the Bulldogs do a good job of limiting mistakes in possession. Butler's opponents average just under six steals per game and the Bulldogs turn it over just 12.6 times. However, Butler is one of the lowest-volume shooting teams in the nation, and average just under 53 attempts each contest.
What you need to know about Creighton
Creighton didn't have too much trouble with the DePaul Blue Demons at home this past Saturday and won 60-47. Creighton's center Ryan Kalkbrenner posted a double-double on 18 points and 10 rebounds in addition to six blocks. Trey Alexander was the team's second-leading scorer, and came away with 12 points off the bench.
The Bluejays' defense has been strong this season, and has held opponents to just 39.5 percent from the field, which is one of the lowest marks in all of college basketball. In two of Butler's last four games, the Bulldogs made just 30 percent of their shots, so an early Bluejays lead would appear difficult for the Bulldogs to overcome.
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