NCAA Men’s Basketball: Creighton Bluejays vs Nebraska Cornhuskers- Possible Lineups and Predictions

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December 10, 2020 9:59 pm

NCAA Men’s Basketball action will continue rolling through despite the multiple issues COVID-19 is raising. The Creighton Bluejays are currently the eighth-best team in the country, and they will definitely be looking to move up. They will be in action opposite the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a rivalry match.

The University of Creighton and the University of Nebraska are 50 miles apart from each other. The relationships between the fans are relatively cordial, but this game has been a fixture in NCAA December’s schedule since 1977. The rivalry is currently 27-26 in Creighton’s favor.

Creighton will look to expand this lead as they come in as big favorites. The Cornhuskers also lost the last meeting between the teams in 2019. Creighton is currently 3-1 on the season, losing only to the higher-ranked Kansas Jayhawks. Nebraska is 3-2 and dropped both their games to unranked opposition (Georgia Tech and Nevada). But can they pull an upset off?

NCAA Men’s Basketball: Creighton Bluejays just too good for the Cornhuskers?

The Bluejays should ideally win this game. They have way more talent than this iteration of the Cornhuskers. The only thing that may stop them is their depth. The Bluejays could only have 8 players on their roster for their one-point loss to the Kansas Jayhawks. However, even that is impressive considering how good the Jayhawks have been this year.

Dec 9, 2020; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Trey McGowens (2) shoots over Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets guard Jose Alvarado (10) in the first half at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

The predicted starting lineup for the Bluejays will consist of Denzel Mahoney, Christian Bishop, Damien Jefferson. Marcus Zegarowski, and Mitch Ballock. The Cornhuskers will take the court with Lat Mayen, Thorir Thorbjaranarson, Teddy Allen, Trey McGowens, and Dalano Banton.

The Cornhuskers lost to an impressive Georgia Tech team, but they are yet to show if they can beat a team like the Bluejays. They haven’t beaten ranked opposition since early 2019, so their difficulties in overcoming this sort of a hurdle are well-documented.

For our prediction, we have to go with the Bluejays. They could very well be unbeaten and a top-five team right now. They have more talent than Nebraska, and that is a hill this Nebraska team has historically struggled to overcome.

Ishaan Bhattacharya

Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. He has previously written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda.com, and WhatCulture.com. In that time, he has covered a wide variety of sports, including pro wrestling. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication.

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