NCAA March Madness Betting: Alabama Crimson Tide vs Creighton Bluejays Pick, Prediction, and Odds
In one of the more interesting round one match-ups, we have the 9 seed in the Midwest Region, the Alabama Crimson Tide, taking on the 8 seed, the Creighton Bluejays. Both teams had strong seasons, but this game looks to be one of the best round one match-ups which could come right down to the wire. The Crimson Tide finished the year with a 21-11 record, with a 9-7 conference record. The real reason why they got into the dance though was the fact that they took down Wichita State, VCU, and Purdue early in the year. Their opponent was one of the most impressive teams in a tough Missouri Valley that included Wichita State as well. They finished at 28-5, with a 14-4 record this season, and finished the season on a seven game winning streak, which led to them taking down the Missouri Valley Conference Championship. I'll have my eye on a few things in this match-up, and tip off is set for 1:40pm EST on Friday, March 16th.
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One player to watch is none other than Doug McDermott of Creighton. McDermott was a high school teammate of one of the best players in the country in Harrison Barnes, and McDermott is starting to prove that he is in the talks as one of the better players out there as well. He averaged 23.2 points per game this year, and also averaged 8.2 rebounds per game to go along with it. McDermott can light it up from outside, and if he gets any space whatsoever then it could be an incredibly long day for the Crimson Tide when all is said and done. It's also worth noting that if Creighton wins this game, they'll go up against Barnes and the Tar Heels in the next round, as long as the Tar Heels can knock off the 16 seed in the Midwest.
» Odds and Sports Betting Line
- Alabama Crimson Tide: -1.5
- Creighton Bluejays: +1.5
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» Free Prediction
The Creighton Bluejays aren't getting nearly enough love right now. This team is talented, and has proven to show up big in the big games as well. When led by one of the strongest players in the game as well, it's tough to pick against them. Alabama plays solid team basketball, but I'm just not sold on the SEC this season, and I think that Creighton is one of the scariest teams in the entire tournament. While the Missouri Valley Conference isn't incredibly strong, I think that the Bluejays will be ready, and are going to be able to pull off the upset to set up a huge match-up against the Tar Heels.
Prediction: Creighton Bluejays- 68 Alabama Crimson Tide- 66
» Free Pick
I expected this game to be close to a pick, but since I can get some odds for betting on Creighton straight I'll be putting my bet on that. If you want to be safe though, betting on them +1.5 gives you a nice spot to cover you if this ends up being a one point game. Regardless though, I like the Bluejays to win, so I'll definitely be picking Creighton to get the job done and cover.
Pick: Creighton Bluejays +1.5
Bonus Pick: Creighton Bluejays STRAIGHT at +110