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Providence vs Creighton prediction and odds for Saturday 14th January

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Creighton has had such a tough streak in the Big East and he has dropped the Blue Jays to 9-8 this season and 3-3 in conference. They’ve lost on the road to UConn and Xavier in their last two games and now they have Providence at home, which is set for another Big East Conference title run.

Providence has won nine straight, including wins over No. 25 Marquette and No. 6 UConn in that streak. Ed Cooley allows his team to win close games year after year, even with a ton of turnover on the roster. The Friars are 6-0 in Big East play and 14-3 overall, but they are substantial underdogs against Creighton today. Let’s get into the odds for this Big East game.

Providence vs. Creighton odds, spread and total

Prediction and choice between Providence and Creighton

What are we supposed to do with Creighton? This team has one of the best starting fives in college basketball, and that’s why they were in the top 10 at the start of the year, but Greg McDermott has absolutely no depth on his roster. They are 9-8 and yet they are 19th at KenPom just ahead of Xavier, and nine spots ahead of Providence. They’re 361st in KenPom’s odds rating, and that’s out of 363 teams.

In their last game, a 90-87 loss to Xavier, Baylor Scheierman had 25, Ryan Nembhard had 17, Trey Alexander had 16, Ryan Kalkbrenner had 15 and Arthur Kaluma, perhaps their best NBA prospect, in was 11. They only had 22 minutes. from their bench and the four players who saw the floor combined for three points.

The Blue Jays bench is useless but honestly Providence is really only six or seven deep and yet that extra player or two on a given to provide an offense off the bench whether it’s Clifton Moore or Jayden Pierre certainly has earned a few wins. The bad news for the Brethren is that they won’t have that kind of depth today. Jared Bynum is out again after missing St. John’s and Jayden Pierre will also be out. It strips Ed Cooley of his bench depth and levels the playing field. If we go five-on-five for nearly 40 minutes today, then I’ll take Creighton against most teams.

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Game odds are updated periodically and are subject to change

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