The Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks don’t have to travel very far to find their next opponent this season in the 2020-21 campaign. Omaha are at Creighton University for a daunting task against the Bluejays on Tuesday night. This is college basketball where upsets are the norm, so Creighton can’t sleep on Omaha in this one. The Bluejays are ranked No. 9 according to the AP going into tonight.
That would evaporate rather quickly with a sloppy performance against the Mavericks. We started off well with our college basketball picks on Monday night. Long Beach State and UCLA were postponed as a result of a positive Covid case. Fortunately with college basketball, a few games being postponed each night won’t hurt much. It’s not like college football where rescheduling games is going to be very tough.
For sports bettors, there are so many games in a night where a few cancelled games isn’t going to be too noticeable. There is always going to be more than enough action available. Having said that, I thought I had a good read in the Long Beach State-UCLA game, and unfortunately that game didn’t tip off.
In our other selection, that ended up being a big success on Stanford. As expected, Alabama had no answer for 5-star freshman Ziaire Williams. He and Oscar de Silva together are going to be a tough duo to handle in the Pac-12 this season. In a conference that has lacked star power over the last few years, Williams is one to keep an eye on in the Pac-12.
Omaha has already played three games this season. They’ve been up and down with a record of 1-2 going into Creighton. Omaha has recorded losses against Austin Peay, 72-66, and Abilene Christian, 70-58. They were able to score a close win over Middle Tennessee State, 60-59.
Conversely, Creighton won their first game by a score of 69-58 over North Dakota State. That was a “warm up” game for Creighton, as they played their first game of the season against a much inferior opponent. Head below for our free Nebraska-Omaha vs. Creighton pick for December 1, 2020.
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Nebraska-Omaha finished with a record of 16-16 in the Summit League last season. They were cold to close out the year with three straight losses against North Dakota, 84-83, North Dakota State, 67-87, and Oral Roberts, 52-79. Dating back to last February, Omaha has been a lot of pain with losses in four of their last five outings. Their only win was the Middle Tennessee matchup on November 26, and that was a near win by a point, 60-59.
A couple of points in the other direction and we’d be talking about a five-game losing streak for Omaha. Note that Ohama were coming off an appearance in the 2018-19 Summit League championship. Last season was a huge disappointment for them, and it doesn’t appear like they’re going to get any type of relief this season.
Expectations aren’t that high for a team, but senior’s Ayo Akinwole and Matt Pile should provide this squad with two reliable options. Akinwole is coming off a shoddy performance against Abilene Christian in the 70-58 loss. He scored just 8 points through 34 minutes of work on the floor. Akinwole will have to be much better on Tuesday night against Creighton. If he struggles again, Omaha is going to lose by much more than 12 points on the road.
They were happy to see the season come to an end prematurely, but Creighton were on fire and had a deep run in the tournament. The Bluejays were 7-1 to close out the season in their last eight games. They were tied with Villanova at 24-7 overall and 13-5 in the Big East. Creighton are coming off a textbook 69-58 win over North Dakota State on Sunday. That was a game to shake off the rust for the Bluejays. With that game out of the way, expect Creighton to open things up tonight. Look for them to live up to their top-10 ranking with about a 81-57 win here.