Creighton (4-0) at Loyola Chicago (2-2)
Game Info: Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. EST (T-Mobile Center)
Betting Odds: Creighton -16 (-110) - Over/Under (144.5)
Pick: Creighton -16 (-110)
Wednesday afternoon will feature one of the best early season matchups in this college basketball season as two of the most well known mid-majors in the country face off against each other in the Hall of Fame classic. As the Creighton Blue Jays, who come into this game ranked eighth in the country, will take on the Cinderella team of the nation over the last several years, the Loyola Chicago Ramblers. Both of these teams will be looking to pick up a massive early-season victory here on Wednesday afternoon as they both look to add a résumé building win to their record to help finish off the month of November.
Creighton is off to a fantastic start this season as they come into this game undefeated through their first four games of the year. They will be looking to grab their fifth consecutive victory to open up the regular season as they look to further establish themselves as a top 10 team in the country this year. This Creighton team has the potential to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament. As long as they remain healthy and consistent throughout the regular season and so far they have passed every test early on in the year.
Trey Alexander and Ryan Kalkbrenner lead the way for this Creighton team and they have been putting up quality numbers throughout the first four games of the regular season for the Blue Jays. They will be looking to put up a pair of quality performances in this game against Loyola Chicago on Wednesday afternoon as Creighton looks to grab a huge victory on the road at a neutral site here in this one. They have picked up comfortable victories all throughout their first four games of the season. Now they will be looking for a fifth consecutive comfortable win here on Wednesday afternoon against a tough and hungry Loyola Chicago team.
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Loyola Chicago is off to an average start this season, but this is the same team that captured the hearts of the nation for the last several years with deep NCAA tournament runs. They are still more than capable of pulling off magical upsets and that is exactly what they will be looking to do here on Wednesday afternoon against Creighton as they look to upset a top 10 team in the country and get things rolling in the right direction. Loyola Chicago comes into this game on a one game-winning streak, and they will be looking to extend that winning streak with a crucial victory here on Wednesday afternoon as well as get themselves a massive résumé boosting victory here on Wednesday afternoon against Creighton.
They will need to improve their performance on the defensive end of the court as they are giving up an average of 71 points per game but they are only scoring an average of 72 points per game. So if they want to start picking up some more comfortable victories they will have to get better on both ends of the court and it starts with a quality performance here on Wednesday afternoon. A win here for Loyola Chicago would give them one of the biggest early season wins in college basketball so far this year, and it would give them a momentum boost that would likely carry them throughout the remainder of the season and well into conference play.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Creighton is 4-0 as a favorite this season
- Creighton is 3-0 after a win this season
- Loyola Chicago is 0-1 against ranked opponents
I expect this to be a close and competitive game throughout, but in the end, I do look for Creighton to pick up the victory over Loyola Chicago on this neutral floor here on Wednesday afternoon. As I look for this game to potentially go down to the wire, but in the end, I look for Trey Alexander and Ryan Kalkbrenner to be the difference in this one for the Creighton Blue Jays. I look for them to make some necessary plays down the stretch to lead Creighton to their fifth consecutive victory to open up the season.
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