Creighton vs San Diego State: 2022 NCAA Tournament Midwest Region Odds, How to Watch, More

NCAA Basketball: Fresno State at San Diego State
Mar 3, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego State Aztecs guard Matt Bradley (3) and guard Trey Pulliam (4) embrace after a play against the Fresno State Bulldogs during the second half at Viejas Arena. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NCAA Tournament First Round: No. 8 San Diego State Aztecs vs. No. 9 Creighton Blue Jays

How to Watch:

  • Date: Thursday, March 17
  • Time: 7:27 p.m. ET
  • Location: Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX
  • TV: truTV
  • Live Stream:

Tale of the Tape:

Mountain West Conference Big East
23-8 Record 22-11
65.3 (354th) Points Per Game 69.0 (251st)
57.7 Points Allowed Per Game 65.9
0.6162 (15th) RPI 0.5857 (40th)
61st Strength of Schedule 35th
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San Diego State leaders:

Feb 22, 2022; Boise, Idaho, USA; Aztecs guard Matt Bradley (3) moves the top of the key during the first half of play versus Boise State Broncos at ExtraMile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports
  • Matt Bradley G, SR: 17.0 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 2.6 APG, 41.6% 3PT
  • Trey Pulliam, G, SR: 8.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.1 SPG

Creighton leaders:

Mar 12, 2022; New York, NY, USA; Bluejays center Ryan Kalkbrenner (11) dribbles against Villanova Wildcats forward Jermaine Samuels (23) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
  • Ryan Hawkins, F, SR: 13.9 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.5 APG, 35.9% 3PT
  • Ryan Kalkbrenner, C, SO: 13.0 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 2.7 BPG, 64.6% FG

Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • CRE Moneyline: +115
  • SDSU Moneyline: -135
  • Spread: SDSU -2.5
  • Over/Under: 120
  • ATS Record: SDSU 17-14, CRE 19-14
  • Over/Under Record: SDSU 12-19, CRE 11-21

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The Pick:

  • This game has one of the lowest over/unders in the entire first round and it’s not hard to see why. Both teams have consistently gone under their over/under totals all season and are two of the worst teams in the tournament in terms of points per game.
  • However, that is more of a product of gameplan for an Aztecs team that is 268th in pace and has the 2nd best defense in the nation according to KenPom efficiency metrics. Meanwhile, the Bluejays operate at the 189th slowest pace and have the 18th most efficient defense, so nothing to turn your nose up at, but perhaps just a bit weaker than their opponent.
  • Both teams lost close games in their conference tournament finals, with the Bluejays falling by eight to Villanova, and the Aztecs losing by one to Boise State after a buzzer beater didn’t go down.
  • The Aztecs are the better three-point shooting team, ranking 67th in the nation by shooting 35.8% from deep on just 16.9 attempts per game. The Bluejays, meanwhile, are one of the worst teams in the nation from long-range, shooting just 30.7% on 21.8 attempts per game (316th), a figure they’re likely going to have to best if they want to beat the Aztecs and their stifling defense.
  • If this is a close game, the Bluejays are the superior free-throw shooting team, ranking 135th by shooting 72.9% from the charity stripe, while the Aztecs rank 255th at 69.5%.

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