Teams looking to rewrite their school record books meet as the sixth-seeded Creighton Bluejays battle the fifth-seeded San Diego State Aztecs in the 2023 NCAA Tournament South Final on Sunday. The winner will advance to the Final Four for the first time. The Bluejays (24-12, 14-6 Big East), who are making their first Elite Eight appearance since 1941, advanced on Friday with an 86-75 victory over 15th-seeded Princeton. The Aztecs (30-6, 15-3 Mountain West), who are in the Elite Eight for the first time, knocked off top-seeded Alabama 71-64.
Tipoff from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., is set for 2:20 p.m. ET on CBS. Creighton leads the all-time series 5-3. The Bluejays are 2.5-point favorites in the latest Creighton vs. San Diego State odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 134.5. Before locking in any San Diego State vs. Creighton picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. The model enters the Sweet 16 round of the 2023 NCAA Tournament 83-54 on all-top rated college basketball picks this season, returning more than $1,500 for $100 players. It also went 4-1 on top-rated picks during the first week of March Madness. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.
Now, the model has set its sights on Creighton vs. SDSU and revealed its coveted picks and predictions for the NCAA Tournament 2023. You can head to SportsLine to see the picks. Here are several college basketball odds and trends for SDSU vs. Creighton:
- Creighton vs. San Diego State spread: Creighton -2.5
- Creighton vs. San Diego State over/under: 134.5 points
- Creighton vs. San Diego State money line: Creighton -145, San Diego State +122
- CREI: The Bluejays are 5-0 against the spread in their last five NCAA Tournament games
- SDSU: The Aztecs are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS win
- Creighton vs. San Diego State picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Creighton can cover
The Bluejays are powered by junior center Ryan Kalkbrenner, who scored 22 points in Friday's Sweet 16 win over Princeton. He also had five rebounds, two assists and one block. In the second-round upset over Baylor, he scored 10 points and had seven rebounds. He dominated in the first-round win over North Carolina State, finishing with 31 points, seven rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists. He averages 15.7 points and 6.2 rebounds in 33 starts.
Also boosting the Bluejays is sophomore guard Trey Alexander, who was dominant against Princeton. He poured in 19 points, while adding four rebounds and two assists. In the victory over Baylor, Alexander added 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists. He is connecting on 44.7% of his shots from the floor, including 42.3% from 3-point range, and 81.7% from the foul line. For the season, he is averaging 13.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
Why San Diego State can cover
The Aztecs are led by senior guard Matt Bradley. He has reached double-digit scoring in three of the last four games, including a 17-point, seven-rebound and four-assist effort in a 63-57 first-round win over Charleston. He scored 10 points, grabbed three rebounds and dished off two assists in a 75-52 second-round win over Furman. In 36 games, all starts, he is averaging 13 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 26.7 minutes of action. He is connecting on 41.1% of his shots from the floor, including 36.6% from 3-point range, and 79.8% from the free-throw line.
Senior guard Darrion Trammell was on fire against Alabama in Friday's Sweet 16 win. He poured in 21 points, grabbed five rebounds and made two steals in 30 minutes of action. It was the fourth time this season he surpassed 20 points. In the second-round win over Furman, he scored 13 points, grabbed two boards and had two assists. In 35 games, including 34 starts, he is averaging 9.5 points, 3.2 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 26.9 minutes.
How to make San Diego State vs. Creighton picks
The model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 137 combined points. It also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only see the model's pick at SportsLine.
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