Who? Creighton Bluejays (2-0, #74 KenPom) v. Indiana Hoosiers (2-0, #13 KenPom)
When? 7:00 PM, BTN
Pomeroy? INDIANA by 13, 86% chance of Indiana victory
Creighton is an offensively-oriented squad, and good for them, because their slacking defense forces the Bluejays to put up high point totals to offset the shortcomings on the other end of the floor.
Indiana's offensive / defensive efficiency split on KenPom is 1st / 77th, the Creighton Bluejays enjoy an incredibly similar split of 50th / 125th, just a little further down the leaderboard. In many ways, Greg McDermott's squad is a slower (93rd in pace), bigger (23rd in effective height), less efficient version of the Hoosiers, but the aims are similar: score a bunch of points, because we're probably going to need as many as we can get. For those who think college basketball has a scoring problem, Thursday night will likely be a therapy session.
UNDEREXPLAINED GAME PICKS
Kyle Robbins: Indiana 101, Creighton 83
Kyle Swick: Indiana 91, Creighton 77
David Siegel: Indiana 87, Creighton 71
Ben Raphel: Indiana 82, Creighton 75