Villanova Wildcats (12-0) at DePaul Blue Demons (7-5)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 27, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: DePaul Blue Demons +15 -- Over/Under:
The Villanova Wildcats and DePaul Blue Demons meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Wintrust Arena.
The Villanova Wildcats look for their third road victory to build on their 12-0 start. The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 86.5 points on 50.6 percent shooting and allowing 64.2 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Jalen Brunson is averaging 18.1 points and five assists while Mikal Bridges is averaging 17.3 points and 5.8 rebounds. Phil Booth is the third double-digit scorer and Donte DiVincenzo is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting 41.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Villanova Wildcats are allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.9 rebounds per game. The Villanova Wildcats have won seven straight road games.
The DePaul Blue Demons look for another victory after winning six of their last seven games. The DePaul Blue Demons are averaging 74.1 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 67.8 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Max Strus is averaging 17.3 points and 1.9 assists while Marin Maric is averaging 12.6 points and 5.2 rebounds. Eli Cain is the third double-digit scorer and Tre'Darius McCallum is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The DePaul Blue Demons are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The DePaul Blue Demons are allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.2 rebounds per game. The DePaul Blue Demons have won five of their last six home games.
The Wildcats are 38-17-1 ATS in their last 56 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big East and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Blue Demons are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big East, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in DePaul, the road team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the over is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
The Villanova Wildcats are looking like a legit title contender at the moment and are no strangers to winning on the road, and winning big. With that said, the DePaul Blue Demons are playing some of their best ball we've seen in a while and are eager to get that statement victory to kind of get over the hump. DePaul is playing really solid ball defensively this season and has already held its own against big boys, including taking Northwestern down to the buzzer and taking Oregon to overtime. The DePaul Blue Demons can surprise some folks. The Wintrust Arena is going to be jacked up. Give me the points.