San Diego St +2.5 vs Creighton
San Diego St held Alabama to 3-27 from three and this will be another game vs a hot shooting team that they’ll play physical and try to make it an ugly game. This is the best defense Creighton will face in the tournament by a pretty good margin after playing Baylor, Princeton and NC State and San Diego St’s depth normally gives teams problems in the 2nd half and they were able to beat Alabama in the 2nd half and come from behind. Creighton mostly plays 6 guys they only had 1 guy off the bench play more than 5 mins vs Princeton and they got a total of 5 bench points that game. Kalkbrenner will also be in a tough matchup vs Mensah who had 5 blocks vs Alabama and is 2x DPOY. If Creighton isn’t hitting a bunch of 3s and Kalkbrenner isn’t dominating can Creighton win another way? Finesse vs physicality in this game and this is a rematch from the first round of the tournament last year where San Diego St was up 14 and blew the lead and Matt Bradley missed a free throw late that would’ve given San Diego St the lead. Creighton ended up winning by 3 in OT and this is the first time they’re playing against each other since then. Beating the #1 team in the country should bring a lot of confidence into this game vs a hot shooting Creighton team.