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DePaul Blue Demons vs. Xavier Musketeers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/20/14

Xavier Musketeers (14-4) at DePaul Blue Demons (10-9)

College Basketball: Monday, January 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Allstate Arena)

The Line: DePaul Blue Demons +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports Network

The Xavier Musketeers visit the windy city for a Martin Luther King day showdown with the DePaul Blue Demons at 4PM on Fox Sports Net.

Xavier looks to move into a tie for first place as they visit the Blue Demons for a tough road test.  Xavier is currently 14-4 on the year and sits at 4-1 in conference play -- the Musketeers got there with a big second half rally that helped them race past Georgetown 80-67 this past week.  The Musketeers fell behind early with lazy defense and poor shooting as Georgetown raced out to a 42-29 lead at the break.  In the second half, the Musketeers rallied behind 51 second half points and another solid game from Semaj Christon, who had 18 and 4 boards.  Dee Davis added 17 and the Musketeers erased a 17 points deficit over the final 15 minutes to win comfortably by 13.

DePaul Blue Demons vs. Xavier Musketeers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/20/14

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DePaul saw their two game win streak come to an end after Villanova dominated the Blue Demons 88-62 in Philly this past weekend.  DePaul fell behind by 9 at the break and an early run by Villanova in the second half pushed the lead to the high teens and the Wildcats never looked back.  Despite getting minutes from 8 bench players, the Blue Demons managed only 8 points from their reserves.  While the Blue Demons entire starting 5 got into double figures, Brandon Young led the way with just 13 points.  Cleveland Melvin cooled off and got to just 10 points and after shooting it well from deep the past two games, the Blue Demons managed just 4 three’s for the game.

Xavier has been rock solid on the road and has been able to score consistently all year long, no matter where the venue.  DePaul continues to play jekyl and hyde basketball and I just can’t comfortably rely on the Blue Demons from game to game.  Look for Semaj Christon to score 20+ for Xavier and Matt Stainbrook to control the paint down low as the Musketeers get the road win and cover on MLK day.

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Xavier -4.5

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