DePaul Blue vs. George Washington - 12/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
George Washington Colonials (10-1) at DePaul Blue Demons (5-6)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Allstate Arena)
The Line: DePaul Blue Demons +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The 20th ranked George Washington Colonials will travel to Allstate Arena to take on the DePaul Blue Devils this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The 20th ranked George Washington Colonials won their 4th straight game and improved to 10-1 (0-0 A-10) on the season after defeating the Saint Peter’s Peacocks, 87-74, this past Saturday. George Washington used a big first half outscoring Saint Peter’s by a 46-29 margin to take control of the game. George Washington is shot 55.2% from the field and 44.4% (8-18) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Colonials allowed the Peacocks to shoot 51.0% from the field outrebounded Saint Peter’s by a 34-24 margin. Leading the way for George Washington was Tyler Cavanaugh who had 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, the Colonials have been led by Tyler Cavanaugh (16.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.4 apg), Patricio Garino (13.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.7 spg, 1.2 bpg), and Kevin Larsen (10.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 3.2 apg). Offensively, George Washington is averaging 78.5 ppg on 46.4% from the field and 35.3% from beyond the arc. The Colonials average 6.5 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.32. Defensively, George Washington is holding their opponents to an average of 67.4 ppg on 40.4% shooting. The Colonials have a rebound margin of 4.3 and a turnover margin of 1.5.
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The DePaul Blue Demons lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 5-6 (0-0 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the Northwestern Wildcats in overtime, 78-70, this past Saturday. DePaul struggled defensively in OT after allowing the Wildcats to score 17 points in OT. DePaul shot 34.8% from the field and 30.4% (7-23) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Blue Demons allowed the Wildcats to shoot 39.1% from the field and only forced 5 turnovers. Leading the way for DePaul was Myke Henry who had 24 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Blue Demons have been led by Myke Henry (14.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.5 apg), Billy Garrett Jr (13.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.4 apg), and Tommy Hamilton IV (9.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg). Offensively, DePaul is averaging 69.7 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field and 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Blue Demons average 5.5 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 0.86. Defensively, DePaul is allowing their opponents to average 71.7 ppg on 41.2% shooting. The Blue Demons have a rebound margin of 1.1 and a turnover margin of -2.0.
The Colonials are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Blue Demons are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 vs. A-10 opponents however just 3-13 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games.
George Washington has a solid mix of experienced players along with some new additions in Tyler Cavanaugh and Alex Mitola that makes them a well-balanced team on both ends of the floor. DePaul has made some nice improvements on the defense end however, has really struggled against better competition this season while losing their last three-games. DePaul has a solid duo with Myke Henry and Billy Garett Jr, however, I think the Colonials have shown in their wins against Virginia and Seton Hall that they are one of the better teams in the country and I don’t think they’ll have trouble covering this road spread. Take George Washington to cover.