NCAA Tournament Second Round: (5) Creighton (21-8) vs (13) Ohio (17-7) prediction and college basketball game preview.
Creighton vs Ohio Broadcast
Date: Monday, March 22
Game Time: 6:10 pm ET
Venue: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Creighton vs Ohio Game Preview
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Why Ohio Will Win
The MAC champs did almost everything right in the 62-58 win over Virginia.
They made 13-of-14 free throws, they beat the Cavaliers from the field and owned the boards at times – they won the rebounding margin by 13.
It’s normally a high-powered scoring team that likes to play games in the 80s, but there weren’t problems gearing down and simply being more efficient against the Cavalier defense and style.
This isn’t a great team at defending the three, but it’s good enough. It’s strong inside and out – doing enough to average a MAC-leading 49% from the field – and if Creighton gets the offense going, it all works.
The Bobcats have no issues making this a shootout.
Why Creighton Will Win
The three point bombers have to be on.
The Bluejays were able to win three of their last four games despite not hitting double-digit threes in their last three. When they’re nailing their shots from the outside, everything else works.
Even if things aren’t happing from three, this can be a high-scoring team as long as the the assists are there to set up a slew of easy shots. The Bluejays might not be all that consistent, but they’re able to manufacture points in a variety of ways. No matter what, though, they’re going keep on bombing away from the outside.
What’s Going To Happen
Ohio has only allowed double-digit threes made in four games. In general, it’s a solid defensive team that’s aggressive enough on the outside to be a problem.
Creighton has been shaky.
It was a missed layup away from losing in the first round to UC Santa Barbara, it barely showed up against Georgetown in the Big East Championship, and it’s struggling to get the O going.
Ohio is on a roll, it’s playing well at both ends, and it has the consistent offensive pop over the last several weeks that Creighton wishes it had.
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Creighton vs Ohio Prediction, Line
Ohio 77, Creighton 74
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