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NCAA Tournament Betting Pick & Prediction: Creighton Bluejays vs. Princeton Tigers - March 24, 2023

March 24, 2023

The upset-minded and upstart 15th-seeded Princeton Tigers look to keep their magical ways going when they battle the 6th-seeded Creighton Bluejays in the South Region Sweet 16 of the men's championship tournament Friday night inside the KFC Yumi Center in Louisville, Kentucky. They jump it up at 9 pm and Creighton comes in as a heavy 9 1/2 point favorite over the Tigers.Creighton Bluejays Betting PreviewThe Bluejays (23-12) have quietly gone about their business and in the process they have been able to pull off an upset of their own, as they defeated 3rd-seeded Baylor, 85-76 in the second round of the tournament and they are very aware that the Tigers would love to turn the trick on them too. Creighton was led by sophomore guard Ryan Nembhand who exploded for a game-high 30 points in the win over the Bears. He was brilliant as he finished 8-of-13 from the floor and was able to put the ball on the floor and create with the dribble too, including knocking down 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and he went a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe. The Bluejays saw in total four players score in double digits and had a great balanced attack in the triumph. They ended the night connecting on a stellar 11-of-24 from beyond the arc and the spacing on the floor was created due to their guards breaking down their opponent. The Bluejays average around 76 points per game and they only allow 68 a contest.Princeton Tigers Betting PreviewThe Tigers (23-8) have represented the Ivy League well again and they are not satisfied with their little run, which now has turned out to be a serious run of upsets. Not only did they knock off 2nd-seeded Arizona, but they followed that up by defeating 7th-seeded Missouri, 78-63, in a game that was not even close late. The defense did another outstanding job of limiting second chance points by the Tigers and the offense continued to find ways to knock down clutch shots in the second half. The Tigers got 22 points from senior Ryan Langborg, who seemed to make some bigtime shots during the game as he drilled 8-of-17 from the floor, including 4-of-12 from beyond the arc in the surprise win. They will need him to duplicate that type of performance if they are to pull off their third straight upset and advance into the next round. Princeton also loves to play tight defense and if they can slow down the Bluejays and make it an ugly low scoring game and hang around in the second half, they might just have another upset in them. Game Odds, Series Trends and Free PicksThe Bluejays are 3-2 in their last five games and 3-2 in their last five games against the number and they are 7-8 in their road games against the spread and the over has gone over in four of their last five games and nine of their last 18 games at home. The Tigers are 13-11 against the spread overall and 4-1 in their last five games and 4-1 in their last five games against the spread too. They are 7-4 in road games against the number and the totals have gone over in three of their last five games.Persian Pick: Princeton Tigers+ 9 1/2