Xavier Musketeers vs. DePaul Blue Demons Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/19/14
DePaul Blue Demons (10-16) at Xavier Musketeers (17-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Cintas Center)
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports One
The reeling DePaul Blue Demons visit the Xavier Musketeers Wednesday night at 7PM on Fox Sports One.
DePaul enters this game sitting at 10-16 on the season and 2-11 in Big East play and find themselves fighting even more of an uphill battle with the absence of their leading scorer Cleveland Melvin. Most recently, DePaul was dominated at Providence 84-61 this past Saturday. The Blue Demons yielded 49 points at the half and only scored 26 of their own and never stood a chance after the break. DePaul shot 2-13 from deep and just under 40% for the game. Brandon Young led the Blue Demons with 18 and 6 and Sandi Marcius added 15 and 6. The loss made it eight straight for DePaul as they continue to lead the pack for last place in the conference.
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Xavier missed out on a big opportunity to get to 8 wins in conference play with an 81-72 loss at Marquette this past weekend. While Marquette is always strong at home, Xavier was greeted with a double edged sword as Marquette came to play on offense as well. The Musketeers allowed Marquette to shoot it 50% from deep and to hit 88% of their free throw attempts. Justin Martin had 20 and 7 and leading scorer Semaj Christon scored just 10 points on 3-7 shooting in an off night. Xavier dominated on the boards 32-20 but forced just 4 turnovers for the game and failed to impact the game on the defensive side of the ball at all.
At this stage of the year, picking DePaul’s opponent to cover is a very strong play. That is no different in this case as Xavier is very good at home and a far superior team across the board. I like Christon to bounce back with a 20+ point performance and for the Blue Demons to be dominated down low by Matt Stainbrook as Xavier rolls to the cover and win at home.