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Xavier vs DePaul Basketball Picks 2-28-24

DePaul Blue Demons (3-24) vs. Xavier Musketeers (13-14)
February 28, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -19.5; Over/Under: +155.5
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The Depaul Blue Demons and the Xavier Musketeers meet in college basketball action from the Cintas Center on Wednesday night. Who comes out on top in Wednesday’s Big East college hoops action? Let’s dive in and find out with our Depaul vs. Xavier Prediction.

Depaul Team Preview

The Depaul Blue Demons come into this game looking to snap a 15-game losing streak after a 77-76 loss to Georgetown last time out. Chico Carter Jr. leads the Blue Demons in scoring and assists with 11.2 PPG and 3.6 APG along with 2.8 RPG while Da’Sean Nelson has 10.3 PPG with 3.8 RPG and Elijah Fisher has 10.2 PPG and 3.7 RPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for Depaul up to this point in the year while leading the Blue Demons in rebounding. As a team, Depaul is averaging 65 PPG on 42.1% shooting from the field, 33.1% from three and 72.9% from the foul line this season. DePaul will take on Butler after this one.

Xavier Team Preview

The Xavier Musketeers come into this one looking to snap a four-game losing streak after an 88-64 loss to Marquette last time out. Quincy Olivari leads the Musketeers in scoring with 18.9 PPG along with 5.3 RPG while Desmond Claude has 15.5 PPG with 4.3 RPG and 3.4 APG up to this point in the season. Dayvion McKnight has 12 PPG with 3.8 RPG and a team-high 5 APG to lead Xavier in the assist department and round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Xavier up to this point in the year while Abou Ousmane has a team-high 6.6 RPG to lead Xavier on the glass this season. As a team, Xavier is averaging 75.3 PPG on 43.1% shooting from the field, 33.8% from three and 73.4% from the foul line this season.

Depaul vs. Xavier Prediction

I’m on Xavier here. I know the Musketeers have struggled but this is still a really good team on paper and I’ve learned that nothing cures what ails you quite like a date with Depaul. The Blue Demons have been absolutely miserable for much of the season and even with Xavier on the downturn, I think the Musketeers are the lesser of two evils in this one. Give me Xavier laying the wood here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Xavier -19.5

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Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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