DePaul Blue Demons vs. Butler Bulldogs Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/6/14
Butler Bulldogs (12-16) at DePaul Blue Demons (11-18)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Allstate Arena)
The Line: DePaul Blue Demons +15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
DePaul looks to make it two in a row for the first time in awhile as they visit the St. John’s Red Storm Sunday at noon on CBS Sports Network.
DePaul got their first win since early January this past week as the Blue Demons finished off Seton Hall at home 65-60. The Blue Demons were aided by a poor shooting night from the Pirates but got the solid win nonetheless. DePaul got all their points from their starters as four reserves failed to get a bucket. Brandon Young led the way with 19 and McDonald and Garrett Jr. combined for 30. DePaul shot it 60% from the floor and knocked down 50% from deep en route to the victory. The Blue Demons were also rock solid at the line where they made 17-18 free throws. The Blue Demons have been playing well their past few contests with Garrett Jr. emerging as a consistent contributor.
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St. John’s has lost two straight and really let a chance to make a move in the conference standings slip away. Most recently, the Red Storm fell at home to Xavier 65-53. Xavier was just the better team on the night and the Red Storm appeared lethargic after their heartbreaking loss at Villanova the weekend before. Orlando Sanchez and Rysheed Jordan came off the bench to combined for 22 and Jakarr Sampson added 14. D’angelo Harrison struggled mightily and finished the game just 1-11 from the floor with 4 points. Harrison was unable to hit from deep and he committed 3 turnovers as well. St. John’s now finds themselves at 18-11 and 8-8 overall and needing to make a run to remain in the hunt for an NCAA tournament bid.
DePaul played well in their win over Seton Hall but the reality is that this team is 3-13 in conference play and has routinely disappointed. They are thin up front and have almost no bench and I see St. John’s depth being the difference in this one as D’Angelo Harrison gets back in the zone offensively and the Red Storm pull away late for the cover at home.