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Preview: Creighton hosts Butler in Big East matchup on Sunday

The Bulldogs and Bluejays face off to improve their conference positioning after tough games on Friday.

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Jaylyn Agnew and the Creighton Bluejays host the Butler Bulldogs on Sunday.
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The Butler Bulldogs play the Creighton Bluejays on Sunday afternoon in a nationally-televised Big East matchup.

Here’s what to expect:


Creighton Bluejays (10-8, 4-3) vs. Butler Bulldogs (15-2, 5-1)

When: Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. ET

Where: D.J. Sokol Arena, Omaha, NE | TICKETS

How to watch: Fox Sports 1

The Butler Bulldogs are still the top team in the Big East, but they are also coming off a 74-68 road loss to the Providence Friars in triple overtime on Friday. Whitney Jennings and Tori Schickel both scored a combined 45 points when the Bulldogs dished a combined 7 assists and turned the ball over 25 times. The Friars, on the other hand, dished 14 assists as a team, which was one of the main reasons why they were upset. Better ball movement and control will be key as they face Creighton today.

Creighton has remained around .500 over the least couple of months but the Bluejays have won three of their last four games and are coming off a 66-62 win against Xavier on Friday. Audrey Faber has remained the Bluejays’ consistent force; against the win over Xavier, she scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Faber also has scored in double figures in every game this season. In addition to Faber, Jaylyn Agnew, Temi Carda and Olivia Elger have made at lest 24 three-point shots this season while shooting over 40 percent from deep. The Bluejays are not a strong rebounding team, however, as they have an average rebounding deficit of nearly four per game. But strong three-point shooting can overcome that weakness like it has for them much of this season.