DePaul vs. Villanova - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Villanova Wildcats (18-2) at DePaul Blue Demons (11-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Allstate Arena)
The Line: DePaul Blue Demons +12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
The Villanova Wildcats and DePaul Blue Demons meet Saturday at the Allstate Arena.
The Villanova Wildcats hope to keep things rolling after winning five of their last six games. On the season, Villanova is averaging 75.6 points on 46.7 percent shooting and is allowing 60.9 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Darrun Hilliard II is averaging 13.4 points and 2.5 rebounds while Dylan Ennis is averaging 10.2 points and 3.5 assists. Daniel Ochefu is grabbing 8.4 rebounds and Josh Hart is shooting 50.8 percent from the field. The Villanova Wildcats have seven players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 69.5 percent from the line and 36.3 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Villanova is allowing 29.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in five of its last eight games.
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The DePaul Blue Demons have split their last 10 games and play their third ranked team. On the season, DePaul is averaging 72.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting and is allowing 73.9 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Myke Henry is averaging 13.2 points and 5.7 rebounds while Billy Garrett Jr. is averaging 13.1 points and 3.7 assists. Tommy Hamilton IV is grabbing 5.8 rebounds and Jamee Crockett is shooting 44.7 percent from the field. The DePaul Blue Demons have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 74.3 percent from the line and 36.6 percent from deep. Defensively, DePaul is allowing 30 percent shooting from downtown and has given up 78 or more points in four of its last six games.
The Wildcats are 40-19 ATS in their last 59 games following a S.U. win and 33-16 ATS in their last 49 games overall. The Blue Demons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. Big East. The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Villanova has been a money making machine ATS for quite some time due to playing teams that don't have an offense that can keep up for 40 minutes. While DePaul may have some firepower, they play little to no defense. This one should get ugly.