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DePaul vs. Providence - 1/12/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Providence Friars (11-6) at DePaul Blue Demons (8-8)
Date & Time Friday January 12, 2018, 8:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: DePaul Blue Demons PK -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
FS1
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NCAA BB | Providence Friars (11-6) at DePaul Blue Demons (8-8)
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The Providence Friars and DePaul Blue Demons meet Friday in college basketball action at the Wintrust Arena.

The Providence Friars look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Providence Friars are averaging 77.2 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 72.6 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Rodney Bullock is averaging 16.9 points and 6.7 rebounds while Alpha Diallo is averaging 11.1 points and 1.9 assists. Kyron Cartwright is dishing 5.7 assists and Jalen Lindsey is grabbing four rebounds. The Providence Friars are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. The Providence Friars are allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game. The Providence Friars have lost three of their last four road games.

The DePaul Blue Demons also need a victory after losing four of their last six games. The DePaul Blue Demons are averaging 76.1 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 72.4 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Max Strus is averaging 18.8 points and 2.4 assists while Marin Maric is averaging 13.6 points and 6.1 rebounds. Tre'Darius McCallum is the third double-digit scorer and Eli Cain is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The DePaul Blue Demons are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The DePaul Blue Demons are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game. The DePaul Blue Demons have won five of their last eight home games.

The Friars are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 vs. Big East, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Blue Demons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.

Neither of these teams are playing great basketball and this is kind of a must-win if either side hopes to make something of this season. The losses can't continue to pile up for much longer. Overall, I trust Seton Halls defense more than anything in this matchup and Providence is just a brutal 4-11 ATS this season. In a toss-up pick em game, I'm going to side with the Blue Demons on their home court. 

Pick:
DePaul Blue Demons PK

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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