NCAA Basketball: Villanova Wildcats vs Creighton Bluejays – Possible Lineups and Predictions

February 13, 2021 9:30 pm

NCAA basketball resumes with an exciting fixture from the Big East Conference. The Villanova Wildcats travel to Nebraska to face their rivals, Creighton Bluejays, at the CHI Health Center Omaha. They go head to head at 6 pm EST tonight.

The Wildcats have been in fine form all season. Their record of 13-2 has earned them the number five rank in the AP Poll. They were number three in the previous week, but a surprise defeat to St. John’s Red Storm saw them drop two spots. They have won two games after that and will be eager to make that three tonight.

The Bluejays are also having a good season and have a 15-5 record to show for it. They reached the number nine spot in the AP Poll earlier in the season, but have since dropped, and are currently in the 19th spot. They are currently second behind Villanova in the Big East, so they will aim to beat them, and move one step closer to the top.

Injury Updates and Lineups

The only player on the injury list for the Wildcats is Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree. The senior forward hasn’t played a game all season due to a left leg injury. The rest of the team is fit to play.

They will start with Caleb Daniels, Collin Gillespie, and Justin Moore as their guards and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Jermaine Samuels as their forwards.

The Bluejays have three freshmen out of action. Devin Davis hasn’t played since early December, while Modestas Kancleris Knee Out Kancleris and Rati Andronikashvili haven’t played a game all season because of their knee injuries.

Their lineup will feature Damien Jefferson, Denzel Mahoney, Marcus Zegarowski, and Mitchell Ballock as their guards, with Christian Bishop as the sole forward.

NCAA Basketball: Can the Wildcats best their old rivals?

The Bluejays are one of the best shooting teams, and that has been their main strength. But the Wildcats can match them, if not outdo them, since they are the best shooting team in the conference.

Robinson-Earl could hold the key to a win for the Wildcats. The Bluejays don’t have a defender who can match up to his size, and if he uses this advantage well, his performance can be decisive. It will be a close contest, but the Wildcats will be the favorites to win.

Aaron Mathew

Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from St. Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror. He has also volunteered for organisations such as 'AkshayaShakti Welfare Association' and 'Reviving The Rivers'. His favorite player is, and will always remain, Kobe Bryant.

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