Western Illinois Leathernecks (2-4) at DePaul Blue Demons (0-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Wintrust Arena)
The Line: DePaul Blue Demons -15.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Western Illinois Leathernecks and DePaul Blue Demons meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Wintrust Arena.
The Western Illinois Leathernecks need a win to rebound from a 2-4 record. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are averaging 72.8 points on 40.9 percent shooting and allowing 75.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Tamell Pearson is averaging 12.3 points and 8.7 rebounds while Justin Brookens is averaging 12.3 points and 1.7 rebounds. Will Carius is the third double-digit scorer and Rod Johnson Jr. is dishing 1.8 assists. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are shooting 31.1 percent from beyond the arc and 57.3 percent from the free throw line. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.7 rebounds per game.
The DePaul Blue Demons are coming off a 16-win season that ended with them splitting their last six games. Charlie Moore returns after averaging 15.5 points and 6.1 assists while Jaylen Butz averaged 10.1 points and 5.4 rebounds. Romeo Weems is back after averaging 4.9 rebounds per game and Darious Hall averaged 18.3 minutes per game in 32 contests. The DePaul Blue Demons return two of their four double-digit scorers from last season, including their best player in Moore who has now averaged double-digit points with two different schools. DePaul has always been one of those teams in the Big East that has true potential but has had issues getting over the hump. This could be a year DePaul makes some noise and pushes the rest of the competition.
The Leathernecks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Blue Demons are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 Wednesday games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Leathernecks last 4 Wednesday games. The under is 4-1 in Blue Demons last 5 home games.
This is a lot of points to lay with a DePaul team that's making its season debut, but the talent is there for the Blue Demons to make a run in the Big East. The Western Illinois Leathernecks have had issues finding consistent offense and have gotten smacked around when playing above-average competition. I expect a motivated DePaul team that's excited to play basketball again. I'll lay the chalk.