The NCAA’s college basketball season has come in with a bang in 2020. Whether it’s because we didn’t have sports for so long, or it just happens to be one of those storybook seasons, the first few weeks have chalked full of excitement.
On Monday night, the week kicks off with some more excitement as the No. 8 Creighton Blue Jays are set to host the Marquette Golden Eagles. A couple of teams who’ve had great starts to the season will go head-to-head.
The 4-1 Creighton Blue Jays are the better team in this matchup but don’t sleep on the Golden Eagles. They only have two losses themselves and come in at 4-2.
The game is set to tip-off at 9 pm ET and will air on FS1.
Marquette Golden Eagles Betting Preview: Flying With the Eagles
Marquette started the season on the right foot this year, winning their first two games before losing by eight to Oklahoma State. The Golden Eagles rebounded from the Oklahoma State by coming out and beating 13th ranked Wisconsin.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, they let themselves get outplayed by UCLA and lost by nine after securing the victory over Wisconsin, a much better team than UCLA. It’s tough following up a signature victory with a loss of that nature.
So far in this young season, it’s been a pair of freshmen and a pair of seniors leading the way for the Golden Eagles. Senior guard Kobe McEwin and senior forward Jamal Cain are off to phenomenal starts.
Freshmen forwards John Lewis and Dawson Garcia are also off the high-octane starts. Garcia is putting up 12.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Lewis is averaging 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Not to mention there is massive room for improvement in the two young freshmen.
Creighton Blue Jays Betting Preview: Coming Out Ranked, Again
For the better part of the current century, Creighton basketball has been on the rise. They have that Gonzaga or VCU feel, or at least they did.
Now, the Zags and the Blue Jays are perennial powerhouses. Gonzaga to an even greater extent, but still, Creighton is more often than not in the Top 25 and winning games.
This years’ Blue Jays only loss came at the hands of Kansas. A game that the Blue Jays likely should have won. Kansas doesn’t exactly blow you away this season.
It never looks good when you lose to the only ranked team you’ve played in a season, but the season is still extremely young for the 8th ranked Blue Jays.
Led by junior guard Marcus Zegarowski, Creighton has not been messing around with their opponents this season. In fact, outside of their one-point loss to No. 5Kansas, they have beaten everyone by at least double digits.
Zegarowski has been a huge part of their massive wins. He puts up 15 points and six assists per game. Don’t hold your breath waiting for the college veteran to slow down.
Marquette at Creighton Betting Odds & Lines
While the Blue Jays are 4-1 overall, they sit at 3-2 against the spread. Still above .500. The Golden Eagles are an even .500 against the spread, 3-3.
BetOnline has the spread as Creighton -7. A fair spread for a team that has been blowing its’ opponents out.
Free Betting Pick
Early in the season, Marquette has shown the tendency to play up to its better opponents and blow out its lesser opponents.
The spread is a few points too much for Creighton in this one. Take the Marquette Golden Eagles and the seven points in this one.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Marquette +7