DePaul Blue Demons vs Connecticut Huskies Prediction, 12/30/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: DePaul Blue Demons vs Connecticut Huskies
Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Location: Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT
Odds/Point Spread: DePaul (+6.5)
The Connecticut Huskies (3-1) host the DePaul Blue Demons (1-1) at Gampel Pavilion on Wednesday. DePaul opens this matchup as 6.5-point underdogs. The O/U opens at 145.5.
DePaul heads into this matchup with a mark of 1-1 for the campaign. They are turning it over 18.5 times per contest and as a group they commit 19.0 fouls every game. As a team, DePaul is collecting 41.0 boards per contest and has earned 40 dimes so far this season, which is 320th in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Blue Demons are hitting 45.5% on shots from 3-point land (20 of 44) and 71.4% from the free throw line. They have an average of 90.5 points per outing (12th in college basketball) while connecting on 53.3% from the field. When they are on the defensive end, the Blue Demons are able to force 14.5 turnovers per game and they draw 13.5 personal fouls. They surrender 27.8% from beyond the arc while they are 320th in college hoops in PPG allowed (83.5). The Blue Demons defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 40.3% (60 of 149) and they surrender 38.5 rebounds per game as a unit. They are 11th in the country in giving up assists with 30 conceded on the campaign.
The DePaul Blue Demons faced the Providence Friars and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 95-90 in their last game. DePaul finished with a 48.7% FG percentage (37 of 76) and converted 10 of their 24 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the free throw line, the Blue Demons made 6 of 8 shots for a percentage of 75.0%. Pertaining to grabbing boards, they collected a total of 38 with 7 of them being offensive. They also dished out 18 assists for the matchup while earning 6 steals and 3 blocked shots. When talking about defense, DePaul let their opponent shoot 48.7% from the field on 37 of 76 shooting. Providence earned 17 dimes and had 11 steals for the contest. Moreover, the Friars snagged 43 rebounds (12 offensive, 31 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Providence finished 74.2% at the free throw line by knocking down 23 of their 31 attempts. They also made 6 of 23 attempts from beyond the arc.
Romeo Weems is a player who came through in this game. He ended up scoring 21 points on 8 of 10 shooting. He played 34 mins and also totaled 7 rebounds. Weems finished the game at 80.0% from the field and earned 2 assists. Someone else that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Blue Demons was Charlie Moore. He grabbed 5 rebounds and had 8 assists. He finished shooting 35.0% from the field for the game by shooting 7-of-20 (19 points). When this game wrapped up, Moore played 46 minutes.
Connecticut has a mark of 3-1 for the season. Connecticut has earned 306 points this year (76.5 per game) and they pull in 41.8 rebounds per contest. The Huskies are committing 21.8 fouls every game and they connect on 72.0% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the court, the Huskies are connecting on 43.1% from the field, which has them ranked 243rd in college basketball. They are earning an assist 13.0 times per game (210th in Division 1) and they turn the ball over 12.8 times per game. The Huskies are ranked 108th in D-1 in PPG surrendered with 66.5. They are able to force 13.8 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 40.0% from the floor (90th in Division 1). The Connecticut defense allows 28.2% on shots from distance (22 of 78) and opponents are converting on 71.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 8.0 assists and 34.5 rebounds per game, which is ranked 8th and 143rd in college hoops.
For their last game, the Connecticut Huskies took a loss by a score of 76-74 when they faced the Creighton Bluejays. The Huskies pulled down 24 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards totaling 37 in this game. They also stuffed 4 tries while recording 9 steals in this game. The Bluejays committed 24 fouls for this game which got the Huskies to the free throw line for 26 attempts. They were able to convert 19 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 73.1%. When discussing shooting from beyond the arc, Connecticut converted 7 of 30 attempts (23.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Huskies walked away from this one shooting 24 for 67 from the floor which had them shooting 35.8%. The Huskies allowed the Bluejays to convert 27 of 65 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.5% for this game. They finished shooting 25.9% from distance via 7 out of 27 and finished the game at 15 out of 24 from the free throw line (62.5%). In relation to cleaning up the glass, Connecticut permitted Creighton to pull down 40 in all (9 offensive).
James Bouknight was important for the Huskies for this contest. He made 13 out of 24 for the game for a rate of 54.2%, which earned him 40 points. Bouknight grabbed 4 rebounds in his 40 minutes and had 2 assists in this matchup. An additional guy that was pivotal for Connecticut was R.J. Cole. He ended up walking away with 12 points in his 40 minutes on the hardwood via 2 out of 13 shooting in this contest. Cole ended the game having shot 15.4% from the floor and also collecting 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Connecticut (-6.5)
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