Free March Madness Picks Today For Elite Eight: San Diego State Aztecs vs Creighton Bluejays 3/26/23

Free March Madness Picks Today For Elite Eight: San Diego State Aztecs vs Creighton Bluejays 3/26/23
Sun 26th March 2023

The No. 5 seed San Diego State Aztecs (30-6, 18-3 MWC) face the No. 6 seed Creighton Bluejays (24-12, 15-7 Big East) Sunday at KFC Yum! Center in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Creighton beat the Princeton Tigers 86-75 at KFC Yum! Center on Friday in the Sweet 16, their third consecutive win.

Ryan Kalkbrenner was the top scorer with 22 points. Baylor Scheierman was another standout performer with 21 points and nine rebounds. San Diego State won their seventh in a row in the Sweet 16 on Friday at KFC Yum! Center, beating the Alabama Crimson Tide 71-64. Darrion Trammell had 21 points to lead the team.

The teams did not meet during the regular season. They last met in the NCAA Tournament First Round when the Bluejays eliminated the Aztecs with a 72-69 overtime victory at Dickies Arena in March 2022. Trey Alexander led the Bluejays with 18 points, while Kalkbrenner played a key role with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists. Chad Baker had 17 points in the loss.

Kalkbrenner (14.6 ppg), Alexander (13.7), and Scheierman (12.8) are leading the Bluejays in scoring this season. Scheierman also has grabbed 8.3 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Ryan Nembhard is dishing 4.9 assists per game. Matt Bradley has supplied much of the Aztecs’ offense, averaging 12.8 points per game.

Nathan Mensah is averaging 5.9 rebounds per game, and Lamont Butler is tallying 3.4 assists.Holding opponents to 63.1 points per game, the Aztecs are one of the top scoring defenses in the country (25th).

Creighton is 7-3 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +7.0 (78.8-71.8). San Diego State has a 9-1 record over the last 10, scoring 67.6 points per game on average while allowing 58.5 (+9.1 margin). The Aztecs are averaging 71.9 ppg for the full season while allowing 63.1.


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Francisco Farabello: 6.4 | 4.9 | +1.5
Fredrick King: 1.6 | 6.1 | -4.5
Points per game:
Ryan Kalkbrenner: 20.4 | 14.6 | +5.8
Assists per game:
Baylor Scheierman: 4.4 | 3.3 | +1.2


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Micah Parrish: 16.0 | 12.2 | +3.8
Adam Seiko: 5.2 | 8.1 | -2.9
Rebounds per game:
Keshad Johnson: 3.6 | 5.0 | -1.4
Assists per game:
Lamont Butler: 4.4 | 3.4 | +1.0
Darrion Trammell: 1.0 | 3.1 | -2.1

SportsTips’ College Basketball Pick:

SDSU (+120)

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