Providence Friars vs. DePaul Blue Demons - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
DePaul Blue Demons (11-10) at Providence Friars (15-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Dunkin Donuts Center)
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The DePaul Blue Demons will travel to the Dunkin Donuts Center to take on the Providence Friars this Thursday afternoon.
The DePaul Blue Demons dropped to 11-10 (5-3 Big East) on the season after being defeated 89-76 by the Xavier Musketeers this past Saturday. DePaul allowed Xavier to shoot 57.4% from the field and was outscored by a 47-26 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Blue Demons was Tommy Hamilton IV who had 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. DePaul is ranked 128th in the RPI Standings and has played the 139th ranked SOS. On the season, the Blue Demons have been led by Myke Henry (13.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.1 spg) and Billy Garrett Jr. (13.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.8 apg). Offensively, DePaul is averaging 72.4 ppg (ranked 70th) on 44.1% shooting (ranked 136th). The Blue Demons average 8.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 29th) on 36.5% three-point shooting (ranked 83rd). Defensively, DePaul is allowing their opponents to average 73.4 ppg (ranked 319th) on 45.5% shooting (ranked 299th). The Blue Demons average just 32.0 total rpg (ranked 290th) and have a rebound margin of -3.2 (ranked 297th).
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The Providence Friars won their 2nd straight game and improved to 15-5 (5-2 Big East) on the season after defeating the Xavier Musketeers 69-66 in OT this past Thursday. Providence held Xavier to 40.7% shooting from the field and 12.5% (2-16) shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Friars was LaDontae Henton who had a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Providence is ranked 21st in the RPI Standings and has played the 28th ranked SOS. On the season, the Friars have been led by LaDontae Henton (21.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.2 apg) and Kris Dunn (14.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 7.6 apg, 2.6 spg). Offensively, Providence is averaging 69.4 ppg (ranked 126th) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 128th). The Friars average 14.6 apg (ranked 57th) and have a turnover margin of 1.3 (ranked 96th). Defensively, Providence is holding their opponents to an average of 63.2 ppg (ranked 102nd) on 41.2% shooting (ranked 115th). The Friars average 5.4 bpg (ranked 19th) and pull down 36.25 total rpg (ranked 99th).
The Blue Demons are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. The Friars are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. the Big East and 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall.
This game got snowed out from the Blizzard on Tuesday which means we get to enjoy some Thursday afternoon basketball. DePaul can score the basketball and actually been very competitive in a tough Big East this year. Providence is usually very tough at home however, DePaul is playing well and I think they’ll keep this one within the number. Take DePaul to cover.