20-10 overall, 12-6 conference, 2nd MVC
|Against the spread||
14-14 (8-7 home, 6-6 away)
8-19-1 (6-8-1 home, 2-10 away)
2005 Season Summary
The Creighton Bluejays were coming off a stellar 2004-05 season in which they went 23-11 straight up and 11-7 in the Missouri Valley Conference, which was good for a third place tie in the league standings. Creighton made it to the “Big Dance” where they lost 61-63 to West Virginia as 1.5-point dogs to end a profitable season against the board in which they went 19-13 against the college basketball gambling lines, getting payoffs in eight of their final ten games to end the year.
Creighton opened the 2004-05 season with an 87-55 unlined home win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. That was followed by a 72-52 win at George Mason as 3-point dogs. But from there, the Bluejays were unable to maintain flight.
Creighton’s problems began with a 91-90 overtime home win over Dayton as 10-point chalks. That was followed by a 57-72 loss at DePaul and then a 64-69 loss at Chattanooga as 6.5-point chalks for a slow start of 1-3 against the spread.
Creighton began to click
The Bluejays stopped the bleeding with a 70-44 blowout home win over Nebraska as 5-point chalks. That was followed by a 61-59 home win over Xavier in a pick’em affair as Creighton began to click. Next game a 63-47 home win over Norfolk State followed by a 78-56 Missouri Valley Conference opening win over Missouri State as 1-point chalks.
The payoffs were halted temporarily, however, starting with a 50-53 loss at Illinois State as 6-point chalks followed by a 69-86 loss at Bradley as 3-point dogs.
Back on track
Creighton got back on track starting with a 71-52 home win over Illinois State as 12.5-point chalks. That was followed by an 82-69 home win over Drake as 9.5-point chalks. Creighton remained back on track with a 55-52 win at Northern Iowa as 8.5-point dogs and then got the cash again with a 69-53 win at Indiana State as 6.5-point chalks.
After an 80-76 home win over Bradley as 6.5-point overlays, the Bluejays got back on track with a 77-58 home win over Evansville as 17.5-point favorites.
In the red
Creighton was unable to sustain success however, losing value due to their recent success against the board and over the past few seasons as a perennial contender in the Missouri Valley Conference.
The Bluejays problems began with a 48-62 loss at Southern Illinois as 3.5-point dogs. That was followed by a 57-55 home win over Wichita State that the Bluejays failed to cover as 4-point chalks.
The bleeding stopped temporarily with a 63-55 win over Northern Iowa as 2-point chalks and that was followed up with a 72-67 overtime win at Drake as 3-point chalks.
But Creighton’s troubles resumed starting with a 60-56 loss at Evansville as 8-point chalks. That was then followed by a 67-74 home loss to Southern Illinois as 5-point chalks as the Bluejays failed to get the cash for the fourth time in six games.
Creighton next scored a 61-62 overtime loss at Wichita State as 5.5-point dogs but was treading water against the board, as evidenced by a 67-62 home win over Fresno State as 12.5-point chalks.
That was followed by a 67-62 home win over Indiana State as 12-point chalks and then a 54-60 win at Missouri State as 7.5-point dogs.
More of the same in post season
Creighton was unable to get board traction in post season either as they finished 1-2 both SU&ATS.