Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0) vs Creighton Blue Jays (2-0)Date : 11/15/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : CHI Health Center Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska
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Ohio State Buckeyes vs Creighton Blue Jays
The Ohio State Buckeyes will battle the Blue Jays of Creighton on Thursday night at 7 pm EST at CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. The Buckeyes have played well thus far in the season and illustrated this with a 107-61 home win over the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons on Sunday afternoon as they expanded a seven-point lead at the half to outscore the Mastodons 66-27 in the second half. C.J. Jackson led the team with 25 points while reserve Duane Washington Jr had 20 for the Buckeyes as the team shot 60% from the field while also connecting on 53% for their three-point attempts.
The Blue Jays also won their second straight game of the season with a 75-69 win over the East Tennessee State Buccaneers as they edged the visitors 44-38 in the second after a 31 all tie at the break. And while they allowed the Bucs to connect on 43% of their shots, the Blue Jays shot 54% from the field while hitting nine of 15 three pointers. They will each be looking to extend their recent play,, albeit versus much better competition, on Thursday night.
Ohio State Buckeyes's Latest Performance :
Ohio State also picked up their second win of the season as they picked up a 46-point win over the Mastodons as they allowed the visitors to shoot only 34% from the field along with 22% from three-point range. Their offense, on the other hand, shot 61% from the floor for the game while connecting on 15 of 28 three-point attempts in the meantime. C.J. Jackson scored 25 points with 6 rebounds and 5 assists, as stated, while reserve Washington Jr scored 20 points as each went 10 for 19 from long range. Look for big things from OSU all year with Jackson being the tip of the spear along with a balanced scoring attack; However, Creighton will prove to be a much more difficult challenge than what they have faced thus far in the year.
Creighton Blue Jays 's Latest Performance :
Creighton is on a high at this time after picking up their second win of the season over the East Tennessee State Buccaneers on Sunday night as they shot 54% from the floor along with 60% from three-point range to spur the victory. Ty-Shon Alexander ended the game with 20 points while going three for five from three-point range for the game. Alexander leads the team in scoring thus far with 16 points per outing while Damien Jefferson, who was the second leading scorer versus ETSU with 14 points, leads the team with seven rebounds per game. And while they have had it pretty easy as far as locking down their opponents thus far in the season, they will now go up against a team that represents a huge increase in competition level in Ohio State.
How Ohio State Buckeyes & Creighton Blue Jays Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Ohio State is 2-0 ATS while the OU is 1-1
Creighton is 0-2ATS while the OU is 0-2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The Buckeyes will certainly be looking for a great showing in what will be their first road game of the season. On the other hand, the Blue Jays will be looking forward to the test that will ensue when battling this Ohio State squad. As stated, this matchup will be a step up in competition for both teams while the game will be one where both teams will be looking to control the pace. The problem for the Blue Jays will be that they must take advantage of much of their offensive opportunities in that the Buckeyes have a very solid defensive nucleus that can certainly take away those possibilities quickly.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Oho State Buckeyes
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Buckeyes in this matchup as I certainly see the road team taking advantage of the Blue Jays from an offensive standpoint. And while Creighton is not a terrible defensive team, they will have issues defending a much more athletic squad in Ohio State. Of course, this will take its toll over the course of the game to where the home team will suffer as a result.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
Look for the under to be the huge play in this matchup as I see both defenses obtaining some solid momentum in this outing due to their performance. Of course, the Buckeyes will get their offense going in spurts yet will not blow this game open at any point. Look for Creighton to keep this game tight throughout while allowing the under to be the strong play.
Betting trends for Ohio State Buckeyes:
- The Over is 3-1 in the last four games for Buckeyes
Betting trends for Creighton Blue Jays :
- The Blue Jays are 0-5 ATS in last five games
- The Blue Jays are 2-3 ATS in last five games