DePaul vs. Xavier Pick
Can Xavier avoid a letdown performance in the Big East Tournament when it takes on DePaul tonight at 9:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Xavier is favored in tonight’s game, as the Musketeers are getting odds of -10 points against DePaul. The over/under total is listed at 142.5 points. These two met twice this season, with Xavier winning both meetings by double figures. Today’s game takes place from Madison Square Garden in New York.
Xavier is the seven seed this week. The Musketeers snapped a six-game losing streak in the season finale by beating this very DePaul team, 79-65. Xavier is 19-12 on the season and 9-9 in the Big East. Xavier is just 12-18 against the spread this season, including 5-10 ATS away from home. On the season, Xavier is averaging 75.1 points per game on offense while allowing 71.9 on defense. Trevon Bluiett is averaging 18 points and 5.8 rebounds per game to lead the team while J.P Macura is adding 14.5 points per contest.
DePaul has lost three straight coming into today to fall to 9-22 on the season and 2-16 in the Big East. The Blue Demons are the 10th seed in the tournament and have a 13-17 record against the spread this season. DePaul is averaging 69.1 points per game on offense while allowing 74.6 on defense. Away from home, the Blue Demons score just 63.5 on offense and give up 77.1 on defense. Eli Cain is leading the team with 15.6 points per game while Billy Garrett Jr. is adding 14.9 points per contest.
These two just met and Xavier rolled at DePaul. While the Musketeers could be looking past the Blue Demons, I also think the Demons will be checking out having just been dominated at home by the Musketeers. Xavier’s last two wins have been against DePaul, so I expect the Musketeers to be up for a chance to easily win again.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: XAVIER -10