Xavier vs. DePaul - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
DePaul Blue Demons (7-6) at Xavier Musketeers (13-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm (Cintas Center)
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The DePaul Blue Demons and Xavier Musketeers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Cintas Center.
The DePaul Blue Demons look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The DePaul Blue Demons are averaging 74.9 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 70.5 points on 42 percent shooting. Max Strus is averaging 17.5 points and 2.2 assists while Marin Maric is averaging 13 points and 5.6 rebounds. Eli Cain is the third double-digit scorer and Tre'Darius McCallum is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The DePaul Blue Demons are shooting 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The DePaul Blue Demons are allowing 38.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game. The DePaul Blue Demons have lost six of their last eight road games.
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The Xavier Musketeers look for their 14th victory while remaining unbeaten at home. The Xavier Musketeers are averaging 87.2 points on 52.1 percent shooting and allowing 71.1 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Trevon Bluiett is averaging 20 points and 5.5 rebounds while J.P. Macura is averaging 12.4 points and 2.8 assists. Tyrique Jones is grabbing 5.9 rebounds and Kaiser Gates is dishing 1.3 assists. The Xavier Musketeers are shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. The Xavier Musketeers are allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.5 rebounds per game. The Xavier Musketeers have won nine straight home games.
The Blue Demons are 7-21 ATS in their last 28 Saturday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss. The Musketeers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big East and 18-4 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Blue Demons are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Xavier, 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
DePaul has had little success against Xavier in the past and Xavier has done nothing but cover games and blow the doors off teams. DePaul also had a chance to prove its ready for the big boys and got thumped by Villanova at home. So, while I could se the Blue Demons hanging around here, Xavier has give us no reason to bet against them. So, give me the Musketeers in a blowout victory.