Butler Bulldogs vs. DePaul Blue Demons - 2/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
DePaul Blue Demons (12-12) at Butler Bulldogs (17-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
The Line: Butler Bulldogs -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The DePaul Blue Demons will travel to Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on the Butler Bulldogs this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The DePaul Blue Demons improved to 12-12 (6-5 Big East) on the season after defeating the Seton Hall Pirates, 75-62, this past Tuesday. DePaul shot 50.8% from the field and 23.8% (5-21) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Blue Demons was Billy Garrett Jr. who had 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. DePaul is ranked 127th in the RPI Standings and has played the 88th ranked SOS. On the season, the Blue Demons have been led by Billy Garrett Jr. (13.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.9 apg) and Myke Henry (12.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.2 spg). DePaul is averaging 71.8 ppg (ranked 81st) on 44.6% shooting (ranked 123rd). The Blue Demons average 8.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 40th) on 36.0% three-point shooting (ranked 102nd). DePaul is holding their opponents to an average of 73.1 ppg (ranked 317th) on 45.4% shooting (ranked 292nd). The Blue Demons average just 31.08 total rpg (ranked 314th) and have a rebound margin of -3.9 (ranked 315th).
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The 22nd ranked Butler Bulldogs improved to 17-6 (7-3 Big East) on the season after defeating the St. John's Red Storm, 85-62, this past Tuesday. Butler shot 56.4% from the field and 36.4% (4-11) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Alex Barlow who had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. Butler is ranked 17th in the RPI Standings and has played the 28th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulldogs have been led by Kellen Dunham (16.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.9 apg) and Roosevelt Jones (12.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.8 apg). Butler is averaging 71.3 ppg (ranked 88th) on 43.9% shooting (ranked 148th). The Bulldogs average just 11.0 turnovers per game (ranked 34th) and 5.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 238th). Butler is holding their opponents to an average of 60.5 (ranked 52nd) on 40.7% shooting (ranked 90th). The Bulldogs pull down 37.48 total rpg (ranked 49th) and have a rebound margin of 5.8 (ranked 28th).
The Blue Demons are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. The Bulldogs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
DePaul pulled off a great victory at home against a very tough Seton Hall team in which they outrebounded the Pirates by a 37-27 margin. Butler has been great all season and have been tough at home all year (11-1). DePaul can really score the ball and although Butler does a great job defending the three-pointer and pulling down rebounds, I feel that DePaul has been on a real roll offensively as of late and think that they'll keep this one within the number. Take DePaul and the points in this one.