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Creighton vs. Marquette pick: Big East rivalry tips off in Milwaukee

The Bluejays and the Golden Eagles face off on Saturday afternoon. We go over the odds on DraftKings Sportsbook and make a prediction.

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The No. 22 Creighton Bluejays take on the No. 10 Marquette Golden Eagles in a much-anticipated Big East matchup on Saturday, December 30. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. ET from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The game will air on CBS.

Creighton (9-3) comes into this game off a heartbreaking two-point loss to Villanova. The Bluejays fell 68-66 in overtime just a week after a shocking loss to UNLV. The Bluejays have yet to defeat a ranked team this season, but the rivalry matchup here will add plenty of fire and momentum to their efforts.

The Bluejays are led by guard Baylor Scheierman, who averages a team-high 18.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. He is flanked by Trey Alexander and Ryan Kalkbrenner, each of whom average over 15 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. They rank 17th overall and in adjusted offensive efficiency at KenPom. They average 83 points per game, placing them at 26th in the nation, while allowing 66.7 points per game on defense, ranking 65th in the nation.

Marquette (10-3) is fresh off a dominant 30-point win over Georgetown. The Golden Eagles have faced a tougher schedule than Creighton has this year, with losses coming against Providence, Wisconsin, and Purdue, and wins coming over Kansas and Texas.

The Golden Eagles rank 12th overall at KenPom and 14th in adjusted defensive efficiency. Led by Tyler Kolek (15.3 PPG, 6.2 APG), Marquette averages 8.7 steals (36th in the nation) and forces 16.1 turnovers (22nd in the nation) per game. Marquette also gets the major advantage of playing in their home stadium in front of some very passionate fans for this rivalry matchup. They have yet to lose at home this season, and their defensive presence will make this one very tough for Creighton. I’m taking the home team to cover.

Creighton vs. Marquette odds from DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Marquette -3.5
Total: 153
Moneyline: Marquette -180, Creighton +150

Pick: Marquette -3.5