Creighton Bluejays vs Kansas Jayhawks Prediction, Picks and Game Preview - 03/19/2022

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 2:40 pm ET, Saturday, March 19, 2022
Venue:  Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, TX
Where to Watch:  CBS

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Creighton +9.5, Kansas -9.5; Over/Under:  137.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Creighton +9.5, Kansas -9.5; Over/Under:  137.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Creighton +9.5, Kansas -9.5; Over/Under:  137.5 points
 

Season Record

Creighton Bluejays:  23-11 (4th place, Big East)
Kansas Jayhawks:  29-6 (1st place, Big 12)
 
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Creighton Bluejays vs Kansas Jayhawks Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Creighton Bluejays:  3-2 last 5
Kansas Jayhawks:  5-0 last 5
 
 
 

Creighton Bluejays Analysis

Creighton is coming into this game with a 23-11 record overall and they are 6-2 in their neutral site games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 3 of their last 4 games and are coming into this one off of a win in their last game. Their last loss was against the Villanova Wildcats while their 3 wins in that span were against the Marquette Golden Eagles, the Providence Friars, and the San Diego State Aztecs in their last game. Trey Alexander led the team in points in that game with 18 while Ryan Kalkbrenner was next on the team with 16 points. Alexander led the team in assists in that game with 5 while Kalkbrenner led the team in rebounds with 10. They were 44.6% from the field, 14.3% from 3-point range, and 83.3% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 69.1 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 66 PPG against them. Creighton has an ATS record of 18-14-2 this season and their O/U record is 12-21-1.
 
 

Kansas Jayhawks Analysis

Kansas is coming into this game with a 29-6 record overall and they are 7-1 in their neutral site games this season where they will be in this game. Their last loss was against the TCU Horned Frogs but they have gone on a 6 game winning streak since then with wins coming against TCU, the Texas Longhorns, the West Virginia Mountaineers, TCU again, the Texas Tech Red Raiders, and the Texas Southern Tigers in their last game. Remy Martin off the bench led the team in points in that game with 15 while Christian Braun was next on the team with 14 points. Braun and Martin both led the team in assists in that game with 4 each while David McCormack led the team in rebounds with 7. They were 50% from the field, 47.8% from 3-point range, and 44.4% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 78.7 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 67.8 PPG against them. Kansas has an ATS record of 18-17 this season and their O/U record is 18-15-2.
 

 

Creighton vs Kansas Prediction

Kansas is coming into this game as a 9.5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Kansas has been playing very well in their recent games and they have been just blowing by their opponents in recent games. They have won 6 straight games with most of those wins coming by double digits, and they are coming off of a win by close to 30 points against Texas Southern in round 1 of the tourney. They are going up against a Creighton side that has also been playing well recently but they have not been winning their games like Kansas has been and they really struggled in their last game as well. Creighton fell just short in their conference tourney losing to Villanova by a few points and they almost came up short in their last game, winning in OT by 3 points against SDSU in round 1 of the NCAA tourney. That was a very close game and they even played from behind for most of the game, including a big deficit in the final minutes of the game that they had to claw back from. They rallied to get the win but they lost one of their best players in Ryan Kalkbrenner and the injury looked to be a very bad one as he was helped off the court and could not walk under his own power. They rallied to win that game but now they will have to play a full 40 minutes without him and Kansas has been playing too well for Creighton to even touch them without Kalkbrenner in this game. Kansas will take advantage here and win another double digit game here covering the spread.
 
Creighton Kansas Prediction:  Our NCAAB Pick for Saturday, March 19, 2022 (2:40 pm ET start time) is Kansas 79 Creighton 64.
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NCAAB Betting Trends

 
Creighton Bluejays: 27-18 ATS when the total is 140 to 149.5. 23-11 ATS as an underdog. 20-13 UNDER in all games.
Kansas Jayhawks: 9-14 ATS after a blowout win by 20 points or more. 22-15 UNDER when the total is 140 to 149.5. 147 UNDER after a blowout win by 20 points or more.
 

Key Injuries

 
Creighton Bluejays:  R. Kalkbrenner (C) Ques Sat - Lower Body injury. R. Nembhard (G) out for season - Wrist injury. S. Mitchell (G) out for season - Foot injury.
Kansas Jayhawks:  B. Pettiford (G) out for season - Abdominal injury. K. Cuffe Jr (G) out for season - Redshirt.
 

Notable Quotes

 
"He's been put into a very difficult role at midseason and what we're asking him to do and what teams are trying to do to take him out of play. And he's handled it not like a freshman. He's handled it like a veteran." - Greg McDermott on Trey Alexander in their win against SDSU in round 1.
 
 
"It was a good team win, certainly one that I'm glad we got, especially in this crazy tournament and this crazy day.” - Bill Self on his team’s win against Texas Southern in round 1.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Creighton Bluejays
R. Hawkins 
Ryan Kalkbrenner 
A. Kaluma 
Ryan Nembhard 
A. O'Connell
 
Kansas Jayhawks
O. Agbaji 
C. Braun 
D. Harris 
D. McCormack 
J. Wilson
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Creighton Bluejays
PPG: R. Hawkins (14.3)
APG: R. Nembhard (4.4)
Reb/G: R. Hawkins (7.7)
 
Kansas Jayhawks
PPG: O. Agbaji (19.8)
APG: D. Harris (4.4)
Reb/G: J. Wilson (7.3)
 
Coaches:
Creighton Bluejays: Greg McDermott (12th season)
Kansas Jayhawks: Bill Self (19th season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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