What bettors need to know: Creighton vs. Nebraska

CREIGHTON at NEBRASKA (+7)

No. 16 Creighton, which rebounded nicely from its first defeat of the season, makes the short trip to visit in-state rival Nebraska on Thursday night. The Blue Jays won their first six games before being handed a 13-point home loss by Boise State on Nov. 28. Three days later, Creighton rolled to an 80-51 home victory over St. Joseph's as Doug McDermott scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half.

Nebraska is off to its best start in four years. The Cornhuskers have won two straight after a 14-point loss to Kent State on Nov. 24. Ray Gallegos, the second-leading scorer, hit a career-high six 3-pointers in Monday's win over USC.

THE LINE:
Nebraska +8, (8 p.m. ET)

ABOUT CREIGHTON (7-1):
To illustrate how quickly the Blue Jays began their last game, they took a 12-3 lead at the first timeout and led 45-13 late in the first half. McDermott scored 18 points in the first 12 minutes. McDermott has scored 21 or more points in four straight games and is 23 points shy of tying Benoit Benjamin (1,575) for 10th on the school's all-time scoring list. Forward Ethan Wragge is shooting 50 percent on 3-pointers, though he is just 2-of-10 in his last two games. The Blue Jays are shooting 53.1 percent, which is second-best nationally, and the top five scorers are shooting 51 percent or higher.
 
ABOUT NEBRASKA (6-1): Junior guard Dylan Talley leads the team in scoring at 15.6 points per game, but the Cornhuskers have won their last two games in spite of him. He shot 37.3 percent and made 8 of 31 shots against Wake Forest and USC. First-year coach Tim Miles is six wins away from matching last season's win total. Nebraska, playing its final season in the Devaney Center, is scheduled to move into a new 16,000-seat arena next season.

BETTING TRENDS:


Bluejays are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big Ten.
Bluejays are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall
Bluejays are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games
Cornhuskers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.
Cornhuskers are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 vs. Missouri Valley
Bluejays are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings
Over is 8-1-1 in Bluejays last 10 non-conference games

TIP-INS


1. Creighton has won 10 of the last 13 meetings but has dropped three straight at Nebraska since a 50-48 victory on Dec. 11, 2004.

2. In two games in this rivalry, McDermott has scored 34 points. He scored 24 on 9-of-15 shooting in last year's 76-66 victory.

3. Nebraska is one of three Big Ten teams with three players averaging at least 14 points.

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