Doug McDermott is a key player to handicap when making your against-the-spread (ATS) picks on Wednesday night, when the Creighton Bluejays (10-1) take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (6-4), with the opening tip scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET at the CenturyLink Center Omaha.
The Bluejays are 21-point home favorites in the current college basketball betting odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while no total has been released in the market.
McDermott is coming off a season-high 34-point performance against the California Golden Bears, while he also poured in 34 points in last year's 83-64 win over tonight's opponent as three-point road favorites.
Let's take a closer look at this non-conference affair from a betting perspective, while offering an NCAA basketball prediction along the way.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have played their last six games without leading scorer Rashad Smith, which has placed a lot of pressure on a pair of freshman.
James Woodard and D'Andre Wright will need to be special in order for the Golden Hurricane to pull off an upset, as the team is 1-2 ATS on the road this season.
The Creighton Bluejays played all five of their starters for 30 or more minutes in Saturday's 74-64 win over the California Golden Bears, which could catch up with them here, especially with their Missouri Valley Conference opener on deck.
Sports bettors will also find that the Bluejays are 0-2 ATS in their last two tries as home favorites of 18.5 to 24 points.
I'm going to recommend that readers back the Tulsa Golden Hurricane as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as I feel this is a bad spot for Wednesday night's host. Creighton will lack the proper motivation to cover this type of number after traveling to the West Coast.
College Basketball Pick: Tulsa Golden Hurricane +21