DePaul Blue Demons vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - 11/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-0) at DePaul Blue Demons (1-0)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Allstate Arena)
The Line: DePaul Blue Demons -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look to continue their winning ways when they take to the road to face off against the DePaul Blue Demons on Thursday night.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights improved to 2-0 on the season following an 87-66 victory over Drexel. Nigel Johnson was one of 6 Scarlet Knights to score in double figures, as he racked up 15 points on 4 of 9 from the floor including a 3-pointer and 6 of 8 makes from the foul line to go along with 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Jonathan Laurent also shared the team-high with 15 points on 6 of 8 from the floor including hitting all 3 of his attempts from downtown. C.J. Gettys followed behind with 13 points on 5 makes of 8 attempts as he flirted with a double-double, also putting up 9 rebounds in the process. DeShawn Freeman followed through on the double-double, posting 10 points and 10 boards, 7 of which were on the offensive end. Corey Sanders and Candido Sa rounded out the group of 6 as each put up 11 points in the win. As a team, Rutgers is shooting 46.1% from the floor, 34.9% from downtown and 63.5% from the foul line all while putting up 86.5 points per game.
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The DePaul Blue Demons got their season started on a high note with a 78-72 win over Robert Morris. Eli Cain put up a team-high 21 points on 6 of 12 shooting, including 2 of 3 from behind the 3-point line while hitting 7 of his 9 shots from the foul line. Cain was one of 4 Blue Demons in double figures scoring, as Darrick Wood put up 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting, Tre’Darius McCallum looked like he was going to put up a triple-double at one point, finishing with 12 points on 3 of 5 from the floor and 6 of 7 from the foul line, to go along with 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Rounding out the foursome was Billy Garrett Jr., who made just 2 of his 10 field goal attempts on the night, but made up for it by hitting all 6 of his free throws to finish with 10 points when all was said and done. As a team, DePaul is shooting 46.2% from the floor, 27.3% from 3-point range and 79.4% from the charity stripe.
Rutgers is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall while the over is 18-3 in their last 21 games overall. DePaul is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 vs. the Big Ten. Rutgers is 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
Both of these teams were awful last season, and haven’t played much competition to this point. Although DePaul has home court, it hasn’t seemed to affect Rutgers when these teams meet as Rutgers has actually covered in 5 of the last 8 games. Add in the fact that Rutgers has actually done pretty well against the number in recent non-conference games, and the points actually look like a decent choice.
Give me Rutgers and the points.