Villanova at DePaul
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 30, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
DePaul Blue Demons +7 -- Over/Under: 144.5
The 14th ranked Villanova Wildcats will travel to Wintrust Arena to take on the DePaul Blue Demons this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The 14th ranked Villanova Wildcats won their 8th straight game and improved to 16-4 (7-0 Big East) on the season after defeating the Seton Hall Pirates, 80-52, this past Sunday. Villanova was incredible from beyond the arc in this one, hitting 17 three-pointers, and easily cruised to victory after a 14-0 Wildcats run gave Villanova a 53-26 lead with 13:32 left in regulation. Villanova shot 48.3% from the field & 40.5% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Phil Booth who had 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Villanova is averaging 76.3 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 10.9 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Villanova has been led by Phil Booth (18.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.9 apg), Eric Paschall (16.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 apg), Collin Gillespie (11.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.3 spg), and Saddiq Bey (7.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.0 apg).
Defensively, Villanova is holding their opponents to an average of 66.7 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 3.6 and a turnover margin of 0.5.
The DePaul Blue Demons lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 11-8 (3-5 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the Providence Friars, 70-67, this past Sunday. DePaul trailed by a 33-27 margin at halftime and although they were able to fight back late after trailing for the majority of the 2nd half, the Blue Demons couldn’t get off a game-tying attempt after a pair of FT’s by the Friars Drew Edwards made it a 3-point game with just :02 seconds left in regulation. Leading the way for the Blue Demons was Paul Reed who had 20 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals.
On the season, DePaul is averaging 76.6 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Blue Demons are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 32.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, DePaul has been led by Max Strus (17.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Femi Olujobi (12.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg), Eli Cain (12.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.3 spg), and Paul Reed (11.6 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.2 bpg).
Defensively, DePaul is allowing their opponents to average 72.7 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Blue Demons have a rebound margin of 6.3 and a turnover margin of -0.2.
The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. Big East opponents and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games following an ATS win. The Blue Demons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Villanova had some questionable losses early in the season, however, once again looks like the team to beat in the Big East this season as they Wildcats come into this match-up ranked 108th in scoring offense, 5th in three-pointers made per game, and 60th in scoring defense. DePaul has lost 6 of their last 9 games and although their offense is decent as they rank T-101st in scoring offense & 87th in FG%, the Blue Demons defense has struggled a bit as they currently rank just 217th in scoring defense.
Villanova has been outstanding defensively since the beginning of Big East play and I think their style of play, which will slow down the game, is really going to give DePaul some trouble as they’re a team that plays better when their getting up and down the court at a fast pace. Villanova’s offense relies heavily on the three-pointer however, as the I’m not too worried DePaul’s defense slowing the Wildcats down, I think Villanova will do enough to cover this mid-range road spread.