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Xavier vs. DePaul - 1/12/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

DePaul Blue Demons (6-10) at Xavier Musketeers (14-1)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm (Cintas Center)

The Line: Xavier Musketeers -18.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

The DePaul Blue Demons and Xavier Musketeers square off Tuesday night at the Cintas Center.

The DePaul Blue Demons need a big victory after losing seven of their last eight games. The DePaul Blue Demons are averaging 69.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 71.8 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Billy Garrett Jr. is averaging 14.7 points and 3.9 assists while Myke Henry is averaging 13.7 points and 5.9 rebounds. Tommy Hamilton IV is grabbing 6.9 rebounds and Aaron Simpson is dishing 1.9 assists. The DePaul Blue Demons are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 68.8 percent from the free throw line. DePaul is allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 11.5 turnovers per game. The DePaul Blue Demons have lost 13 of their last 18 road games.

Xavier vs. DePaul - 1/12/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Xavier Musketeers look to build on their impressive 14-1 start to the year. The Xavier Musketeers are averaging 80.2 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 66.1 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Trevon Bluiett is averaging 14.5 points and 6.9 rebounds while Myles Davis is averaging 10.9 points and 3.3 assists. James Farr is grabbing 8.5 rebounds and Remy Abell is dishing 2.3 assists. The Xavier Musketeers are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. Xavier is allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 14.2 turnovers per game. The Xavier Musketeers have won 15 of their last 18 home games. Edmond Sumner is questionable with a concussion.

The Blue Demons are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up loss and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Musketeers are 40-18 ATS in their last 58 home games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall. 

Xavier is proving to be the cream of the crop in the Big East and has beat far better teams by double digits. DePaul is just not very good and has been even worse on the road. While the chalk is big, there's a reason. The Blue Demons are way in over their head here. 

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Xavier Musketeers -18.5

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