DePaul vs. Ohio - 12/23/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ohio Bobcats (3-5) at DePaul Blue Demons (6-5)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm (Stan Sheriff Center)
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The Ohio Bobcats and DePaul Blue Demons play Tuesday afternoon at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Ohio Bobcats have lost four of their last five games and would love to stop the bleeding here. On the season, Ohio is averaging 67.4 points on 42.6 percent shooting and is allowing 70.2 points on 43 percent shooting. Maurice Daly Ndour is averaging 15.4 points and 9.3 rebounds while Javarez Willis is averaging 15.2 points and 44.4 percent shooting. Antonio Campbell is grabbing 7.6 rebounds and Ryan Taylor is shooting 50 percent from the field. The Ohio Bobcats are a solid offensive team that has four players averaging double-digit points while shooting 68.2 percent from the free throw line and 29.5 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Ohio is forcing 11.4 turnovers and holding teams to 35 percent shooting from downtown.
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The DePaul Blue Demons have lost four straight games and could also use a win here. On the season, DePaul is averaging 75 points on 46.1 percent shooting and is allowing 73.6 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Myke Henry is averaging 16.2 points and 6.2 rebounds while Jamee Crockett is averaging 13.4 points on 56.1 percent shooting. Tommy Hamilton IV is grabbing 7.3 rebounds and Billy Garrett Jr. is averaging 3.4 assists. The DePaul Blue Demons are also a great offensive team that has four players averaging double-digit points while shooting 71.8 percent from the line and 37.7 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, however, DePaul is forcing 14.4 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 29.7 percent from downtown. DePaul has allowed a combined 172 points in its last two games.
The Bobcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. The Blue Demons are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games.
I have to go with Ohio in this spot simply because DePaul hasn't played much defense over the last couple of conests. Both teams can score, so taking the better defensive team should pay off here.