DePaul vs. Illinois State - 12/14/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois State Redbirds (4-3) at DePaul Blue Demons (6-2)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Allstate Arena)
The Line: DePaul Blue Demons -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
The Illinois State Redbirds and DePaul Blue Demons play Sunday at the Allstate Arena.
The Illinois State Redbirds have split their last four games and play their second true road contest. On the season, Illinois State is averaging 71 points on 44.8 percent shooting and is allowing 66.6 points on 42 percent shooting. DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell leads the Redbirds with 15.7 points and 5.7 rebounds while Daishon Knight is averaging 12.1 points and 2.7 assists. Bobby Hunter is the third Illinois State player averaging double-digit points and Reggie Lynch is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Illinois State Redbirds are a deep team that’s shooting 35.4 percent from deep and grabbing 37.1 rebounds per game. Defensively, Illinois State is blocking 5.1 shots per contest and is allowing 37.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The one major weakness with Illinois State is the 15 turnovers its averaging per game.
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The DePaul Blue Demons have won four of their last five games and look to surprise in the Big East. On the season, DePaul is averaging 78.2 points on 49.4 percent shooting and is allowing 70 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Myke Henry leads DePaul with 17.6 points and 6.4 rebounds while Tommy Hamilton IV is averaging 13.6 points and seven rebounds. Billy Garrett Jr. is racking up 3.5 assists per game and Jamee Crockett is shooting 53.2 percent from the field. The DePaul Blue Demons are an elite offensive team that’s shooting 74.2 percent from the free throw line and 40.1 percent from deep. DePaul has scored 72 or more points in seven of its first eight games. Defensively, DePaul is forcing 15.2 turnovers per game and holding teams to 29.6 percent shooting from downtown.
The Redbirds are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big East. The Blue Demons are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Missouri Valley.
DePaul is too good offensively and the turnover prone Illinois State will just give the Blue Demons even more offensive chances. Take advantage of this low line while you still can.