Date & Time: Wednesday, December 23rd, 3 PM ET
Venue: CHI Health Center, Omaha, Nebraska
The No. 13 Creighton Bluejays will host the No. 22 Xavier Musketeers in a Big East battle. Both teams had some changes to their AP ranking this week. The Bluejays dropped four places after going 2-1 in last week's competitions, while the Musketeers found themselves gaining the last top-25 position after starting the year 8-0.
Creighton Bluejays Preview
The Creighton Bluejays may not have taken a loss last week, but they sure did catch a scare against the UConn Huskies as they were able to hold on to an overtime win, 76-74.
The Bluejays were inconsistent in the game against the Huskies. Creighton went four out of nine from three-pointers in the first half but went ice cold in the second half and shot just three of eighteen.
The Creighton Bluejays will need to stay consistent all game to knock off the ranked Xavier Musketeers and earn a spot back in the top 10.
Key Player - Damien Jefferson
Damien Jefferson is the key player for the Creighton Bluejays. The senior forward is averaging 11.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and is shooting 43.5% from behind the arc.
Jefferson will need to come up big for the Creighton Bluejays to earn their third win in the Big East.
Creighton Bluejays Predicted Lineup
Damien Jefferson, Christian Bishop, Denzel Mahoney, Mitch Ballock, Marcus Zegarowski
Xavier Musketeers Preview
The Xavier Musketeers have gone unbeaten to start the season. Their latest victory was against the Marquette Golden Eagles that came down to a step-back three at the buzzer.
The Xavier Musketeers have been extremely proficient from the field this season, shooting at a 51% conversion rate.
Xavier will have to continue their impressive shooting rates to knock off the Creighton Bluejays and earn their second win in Big East play.
Key Player - Adam Kunkel
Adam Kunkel is the key player for the Xavier Musketeers. Aside from hitting the game-winner against Marquette, the Belmont transfer had 22 points.
Expect Kunkel to have a great game coming off the bench on Wednesday as his confidence will be riding sky high.
Xavier Musketeers Predicted Lineup
Jason Carter, Zach Freemantle, Nate Johnson, Paul Scruggs, Colby Jones
Xavier vs. Creighton Prediction
Xavier Musketeers will pull off the upset on Wednesday and beat the Creighton Bluejays to go to 9-0 on the year.
How to watch Xavier vs. Creighton
The game will be broadcasted live on Fox Sports 1.Published 22 Dec 2020, 06:00 IST