Creighton vs Princeton Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 24 NCAA Tournament Game (Defenses Shine in Louisville)

Creighton vs Princeton prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA Tournament game.
Creighton vs Princeton prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA Tournament game. / AP Photos/John Leyba

Creighton vs Princeton Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Tournament Game
  • Creighton (23-12) vs. Princeton (23-8)
  • Date: Friday, March 24, 2023
  • Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • Venue: KFC Yum! Center -- Louisville, Kentucky
  • Coverage: TBS

The 2023 NCAA Tournament continues on Friday with a great Sweet 16 matchup between the No. 15 Princeton Tigers and No. 6 Creighton Bluejays. Princeton is aiming to earn its first trip to the Elite Eight since 1965, while Creighton is looking to advance past the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1941.

Princeton pulled off an exciting 78-63 upset over Missouri in the Round of 32 as Ryan Langborg led the way with 22 points (8-of-17 shooting). Meanwhile, Creighton defeated Baylor by a score of 85-76 behind an unreal effort from the free throw line (22-of-22). Which team will advance with a victory?

Creighton vs Princeton Odds & Spread

Creighton enters this contest as a clear favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This Sweet 16 clash also features an over/under of 139.5 points, with the over favored at -115 odds.

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Creighton vs Princeton Betting Trends

  • Creighton has 18 wins in 35 games against the spread this year.
  • Against the spread as 9.5-point favorites or more, the Bluejays are 5-7.
  • Creighton has seen 17 of its 35 games go over the point total.
  • Princeton has covered the spread 17 times in 29 games.
  • The Tigers are yet to lose ATS (1-0) as a 9.5-point underdog or greater this year.
  • Princeton has played 29 games this season, and 16 of them have gone over the total.
Creighton Rank Creighton AVG Princeton AVG Princeton Rank
59th 76.7 Points Scored 75.5 84th
128th 68.5 Points Allowed 67.9 114th
41st 34.6 Rebounds 36.0 12th
279th 7.4 Off. Rebounds 8.8 154th
43rd 8.8 3pt Made 8.5 59th
21st 15.8 Assists 13.3 158th
82nd 10.9 Turnovers 11.8 173rd

Creighton vs Princeton Prediction & Pick

Every NCAA Tournament needs an unlikely "Cinderella" team for the fans to get behind. Princeton has been the team this year as it has pulled off back-to-back upsets over Arizona and Missouri. In fact, the Tigers' 15-point win in the Round of 32 was the largest margin of victory by a 15-seed in history.

Rooting for the upset is always fun, but this is a Creighton team that has looked stellar throughout the first two rounds. The Bluejays have shot at least 46.4% from the floor in each of their first two games and have held their opponents to a shooting mark of just 22.2% from three-point range (8-of-36).

The Bluejays have a chance to stop the Tigers in their tracks considering they can take away their biggest strength. Princeton excels at controlling the boards, logging an average of 10.7 offensive rebounds in its last three games. Creighton ranks 23rd in defensive rebounding percentage (78.0%).

Final Score Prediction: Creighton: 69 | Princeton: 62

Creighton vs Princeton Best Bet

These teams have been covering the spread at an insane rate, which makes shifting gears to the point total a logical move. It's been mentioned that Creighton knows how to grab defensive rebounds, but keep in mind Princeton allows an average of just 6.7 offensive rebounds over its last three games.

The lack of second-chance opportunities in this game will lead to a methodical and low-scoring contest. The total has hit the under in four of Princeton's last six games overall as well as in 10 of its 16 away/neutral sit games this season. Expect contested shots and one-and-done possessions.

Bet: Under 136.5 Total Points (-110)

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