NCAA Sweet 16 – Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Creighton – injuries, odds, more
PNWS presents what you need to know for the NCAA Sweet 16 Contest between Gonzaga and Creighton.
ZagsNation will have to catch this game at an early time as it is the first of four tournaments on Sunday.
Who: Creighton Blue Jays (22-8) vs. Bulldogs Gonzaga (28-0)
Or: Hinkle Fieldhouse (Butler University) – Indianapolis, IN.
When: Sunday March 28, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. PDT.
TV: CBS. Advertisers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Jamie Erdahl.
Line: Gonzaga -13.5. More less: 158.5 (Odds Shark).
Injuries: Gonzaga – No injuries reported. Creighton – Out: Rati Andronikashvili. Modestas Kancleris questionable.
Interesting trends: Gonzaga is undefeated this year (28-0) but just over .500 ATS (14-12-2). They have won 20 of their last 24 and 11 straight wins on neutral grounds. The Zags have passed seven of their last nine. They have also won eight of the last nine games against opponents from Big East.
Creighton is on a roll, winning five of its last six and 12 of 16. They are also 3-2 against ranked teams in 2020-21. The Blue Jays have scored 73 points or less in six of their last eight games.
So far in the tournament
Round of 16: Gonzaga 98 – Norfolk State Spartans 55
The Spartans came out fierce and, for perhaps two minutes, held the lead. Corey kispert lit a fire under his teammates as his three pointers rained all over the pitch. He finished the game with 23 points and five tables.
Round of 16: Gonzaga 87 – Oklahoma Sooners 71
Where Kispert was the hero of the first round, Drew timme wore the cape for the second round as the Zags beat Oklahoma. He had 14 points in the first half on his way to a career-high 30. Timme was everywhere, and the Oklahoma Sooners couldn’t do anything with him.
By the way, this was the first time in all of the season that Gonzaga has been shooting less than 50% from the ground this season. They still scored 87 points.
Welcome to Sweet 16. After winning the West Coast Conference Championship and their first two games of the NCAA tournament, the Zags face a tough challenge from Creighton. The Blue Jays finished second in the Big East regular season, just half a game behind Villanova.
They weren’t only upset in the conference tournament final, but Creighton was also embarrassed by eighth seed Georgetown Hoyas 72-48. In their two tournament games, the Blue Jays haven’t beaten the world. In fact, Creighton was almost knocked out in the first round. The Blue Jays came back on a pair of Christian bishop free throws with 16 seconds remaining to pull off a one point win.
The Zags can’t let themselves be rocked by Creighton’s recent fights. They defend well, especially on the perimeter. Gonzaga can’t afford to be sloppy because the Blue Jays can and will take advantage of it.
The winner of this match will face the winner of USC – Oregon, played at 6:45 am PDT.