Baylor Bears vs. Creighton Bluejays
The Baylor Bears and the Creighton Blue Jays face off on Sunday with the winner going to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament, The Blue Jays are -3 point favorites over the Bears with an over/under point total set at 144.
The Baylor Bears have been red hot and they remained that way on Friday in their first round game against Nebraska. Baylor jumped all over the Huskers and never let up in a game that was never close. Cory Jefferson was the Bears leading scorer with 16 points and six rebounds. Isaiah Austin had 13 points and seven rebounds, Brady Heslip had 12 points, and Rico Gathers had 11 points and six rebounds. Baylor shot 40.5 percent from the floor going 51.7 percent with their two point shots and just 15.4 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Baylor shot 79.2 percent from the free throw line. BU looks like they will need contributions from everyone in this one to get it done.
The Creighton Bluejays fell behind Louisiana early on Friday but the shots started falling and they won by double digits. Creighton struggled to score at times but they were clearly the better team in their first round game. Doug McDermott scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Bluejays. Austin Chatman scored 16 points and had five rebounds, Ethan Wragge had 12 points, and Grant Gibbs had six points. Creighton shot 51.9 percent from the floor hitting 61.2 percent of their two-point shots and 39.1 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Creighton will need to improve on their 52.4 percent free throw shooting.
Baylor is 9-3-1 against the spread in their last 13 games, 5-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 non-conference games. Creighton is 5-0 against the spread against the Big 12, 5-1 against the spread in their last six non-conference games, and 1-7-1 against the spread in their last nine NCAA Tournament games.
This should be a high scoring game and even at 144 I like for it to go over the total.