Xavier vs. DePaul - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
DePaul Blue Demons (11-9) at Xavier Musketeers (12-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Cintas Center)
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports
The DePaul Blue Demons and Xavier Musketeers play Saturday at the Cintas Center.
The DePaul Blue Demons have split their last 10 games and play their seventh true road game. On the season, DePaul is averaging 72.2 points on 44 percent shooting and is allowing 72.6 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Myke Henry is averaging 13.4 points and 5.6 rebounds while Billy Garrett Jr. is averaging 13.3 points and 3.7 assists. Tommy Hamilton IV is grabbing six rebounds and Jamee Crockett is shooting 44.8 percent from the field. The DePaul Blue Demons have four players averaging double-digit points, and they’re shooting 74.7 percent from the line and 36.2 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, DePaul is allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or less points in five of its last seven games.
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The Xavier Musketeers have split their last 10 games and look for their fourth Big East win. On the season, Xavier is averaging 77.2 points on 48.8 percent shooting and is allowing 68.2 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Matt Stainbrook is averaging 12.6 points and 7.2 rebounds while Myles Davis is averaging 10 points and 1.8 assists. Jalen Reynolds is grabbing 5.8 rebounds and Remy Abell is shooting 52.6 percent from the field. The Xavier Musketeers have six players averaging at least 9.2 points, and they’re shooting 73 percent from the line and 35.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, Xavier is allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or less points in five of its last eight games. Dee Davis and Trevon Bluiett are both questionable with injuries.
The Blue Demons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Musketeers are 28-12 ATS in their last 40 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Xavier has yet to lose on its home court this season and will be playing with an edge after blowing a shot to beat Providence on the road. DePaul and its lack of defense will hurt in this game. Give me Xavier and the chalk at home.