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Princeton vs Creighton Picks, Odds & Lines – Tigers 10-Point Underdogs to Upset Bluejays

Chris Wassel

by Chris Wassel in College Basketball

Mar 23, 2023 · 6:25 PM PDT

The Princeton Tigers celebrating a win
Mar 18, 2023; Sacramento, CA, USA; The Princeton Tigers celebrate after defeating the Missouri Tigers at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
  • Creighton is a 10-point favorite over Princeton in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 on Friday, March 24
  • The winner of Princeton vs Creighton advances to the Elite Eight to face either Alabama or San Diego State
  • Below, see the Princeton vs Creighton odds and picks for Friday night

In one of the crazier Sweet 16 matchups, the sixth-seeded Creighton Bluejays (23-12, 18-17 ATS) face the fifteenth-seeded Princeton Tigers (23-8, 19-12 ATS) on Friday, March 24, in Sacramento. A date in the Elite Eight awaits the winner.

Oddsmakers rode very high on Creighton, setting the spread at ten points, depending on the site.

Princeton vs Creighton Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Princeton +10.0 (-110) +375 O 139.5 (-110)
Creighton -10.0 (-110) -525 U 139.5 (-110)

Princeton again appears to be the biggest long shot to advance further in the March Madness bracket. These Tigers (+15667) rank low in the March Madness odds, while Creighton shortened to +1033.

Tip-off for this contest is set for 9:00 pm ET on Friday March 24 at the KFC YUM! Center from Louisville, Kentucky. The game is will be on TBS. Creighton remains  a -525 favorite to get past Princeton.


Odds as of March 23 at FanDuel. Unlock a FanDuel Sportsbook promo or download one of the other March Madness betting apps.

Princeton vs Creighton Betting Trends

Creighton generates some traction here because there was some higher expectations on the Bluejays earlier in the season. Now, the Bluejays went on a six-game cold streak which doused some of those hot takes.

Naturally, the question was whether Creighton’s shooting would hold up. So far, the Bluejays have scored 72 and 85 points respectively. Creighton holds a 6-3 mark ATS when it comes to games played on a neutral-site. The pressure shifts on Friday night back to the Bluejays only because of how much they are favored.

Now, the total of 139.5 points, the over/under is set a bit low. However, it shifted down from the opening. Considering Creighton and Princeton both top 76 points a game questions the number some.

Both teams play up to a slightly faster tempo. Creighton gives up 68.5 points per game. So, Princeton had allowed 70 points or fewer in their five previous games.  Overall, when it comes to defensive rating, both teams are within the top 80 err quarter.

Princeton Floors College Basketball World Again

Princeton waltzed into the Missouri game with zero to prove after upending Arizona. Naturally, the Tigers win the battle of Tigers almost with ease. The 78-63 victory showed off how versatile Princeton could be. Missouri possessed zero answers to stopping the Princeton barrage of the glass. That’s correct. The college from New Jersey pulled down 42 rebounds and 15 from the offensive side of the hoop. They got Missouri’s core players into foul trouble and coasted to an unexpectedly easy win.

Princeton turned up the heat in the second half against Missouri and the Tigers from the Midwest could not keep up. Princeton outscored Missouri 45-37. Matt Allocco led the team with seven assists and Ryan Langborg led the team with four three-pointers made. Princeton drained 12 shots from beyond the three-point line in all. This is a team that uses its ability to rebound well to generate more opportunities. Eventually, teams get worn out playing their style.

Creighton Turned up the Heat on Baylor Too

Creighton carries zero candidates in the Wooden Award odds, but this Bluejays team is on a roll right now. One of the things early in the season that got overlooked was their balance. Yes, Creighton can go ice cold from the field and they do not generate a lot of turnovers. However, they play a hard, yet elevated tempo. Baylor saw that first-hand over the weekend. With five scorers in double digits that can all grab 4+ rebounds a game, Creighton can add to their scoring chances.

Now, Ryan Nembhard plays a vital role for Creighton in this game. He has to take care of the ball. The generously listed 6-foot guard carries a lot of weight on his shoulders. He has been here before. Princeton’s defense attacks a little differently but Nembhard might be up for the challenge. It makes for a great chess match all game long.

Creighton holds an advantage with their adaptive game and balance. Ryan Kalkbrenner is a handful at 7-foot, but swing guard Baylor Schierman takes the pressure off Nembhard. With players who can move the ball around fast, the Bluejays get wide-open looks far better than Missouri or even Arizona. Will Creighton shoot 15% from beyond the arc or 45.8% like they did versus Baylor?

Princeton vs Creighton Prediction

For all the ball movement and rebounding, this game comes down to the guards and the three-point shot.

Can Princeton make the third time a charm on Friday night? Creighton provides the biggest test yet but one the Tigers can pass.

Pick: Princeton +10.0 (-110)


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