Wichita State Shockers vs. DePaul Blue Demons Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/25/13
DePaul Blue Demons (2-1) at Wichita State Shockers (4-0)
College Basketball: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Sprint Center)
The Line: Wichita State Shockers -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The DePaul Blue Demons take the floor with the #16 Wichita State Shockers in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.
Wichita State looks like one of the better mid majors which is hardly a surprise given their track record through the years. The Shockers have been no stranger to winning big with a 5-0 record built on double digit victories in each. Tulsa held their own against the Shockers for 20 minutes in a 32-31 tie before WSU exploded for a 77-54 decision as a 5.5 point favorite on the road. The visitors finished with nearly 45% marksmanship and held the Golden Hurricane to under 40% while winning the glass 40-25 and enjoying advantages in most areas. Tulsa didn't have an answer for the duo of Ron Baker and Fred VanFleet who poured in 21 points each with Cleananthony Early tossing in 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
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DePaul is trying to reverse their fortunes of the past several years and have taken a few steps in the right direction with their 3-1 start. The Blue Demons knocked off Milwaukee 80-71 as their offense controlled the tempo which seems to be key for this squad. The Blue Demons pulled away from a 32-32 first half tie with a 48 point burst over the final 20 minutes with over 49% shooting leading the way. The Panthers countered with 40% from the floor and held a 20-11 edge at the line but DePaul owned eight more field goals. Cleveland Melvin paced the scoring with 20 points and nine rebounds followed closely by Brandon Young with a 19 point, seven pull, six assist effort while Jamee Crockett tossed in ten points.
Wichita State will be a solid favorite and deserved but the Shockers have looked ordinary in the first half of most of their games before turning it on. The Shockers should win but I have to wait on the line to see if they cover...