DePaul Blue Demons vs Providence Friars Prediction, 12/27/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: DePaul Blue Demons vs Providence Friars
Date: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Location: Alumni Hall in Providence, RI
Odds/Point Spread: DePaul (+6)
Alumni Hall is the venue where and the Providence Friars (5-3) will play the DePaul Blue Demons (1-0) on Sunday. DePaul opens this contest as 6-point dogs. The O/U is set at 145.5.
DePaul enters this one with a mark of 1-0 so far this year. They are turning it over 20 times per contest and as a team they commit 16.0 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, DePaul is collecting 42 rebounds per game and has accounted for 22 dimes for the year, which ranks 330th in D-1 in terms of passing. The Blue Demons are connecting on 50.0% on shots from 3-point land (10 of 20) and 69.2% from the free throw line. They are averaging 91 points per outing (12th in D-1) while going 59.0% from the floor. When they are on the defensive end, the Blue Demons are able to force 17 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 12 personal fouls. The Blue Demons defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 38.0% (27 of 71) and they surrender 32 rebounds per contest as a unit. They currently rank 2nd in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 13 conceded for the campaign. They give up 29.0% on three-point shots while they are 221st in college hoops in points per game allowed (72).
The DePaul Blue Demons stepped onto the hardwood against the Western Illinois Leathernecks and earned the victory with a final of 91-72 in their last game. DePaul wrapped up the game with a 59.0% field goal percentage (36 of 61) and converted 10 of their 20 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Blue Demons made 9 of their 13 shots for a percentage of 69.2%. When talking about grabbing boards, they collected 38 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 22 assists in this game as well as earning 10 steals and 9 blocked shots. With respect to defense, DePaul allowed 59.0% from the floor on 36 out of 61 shooting. Western Illinois distributed 13 dimes and had 5 steals for the contest. Moreover, the Leathernecks pulled down 29 rebounds (12 offensive, 17 defensive) and had 9 blocks. Western Illinois finished the game at 69.2% from the charity stripe by converting 9 of their 13 shots. They also buried 9 out of their 31 tries from beyond the arc.
Charlie Moore is one player who came through for the contest. He accumulated 22 points on 8 of 15 shooting. He played for 35 minutes and also snagged 4 boards. Moore finished 53.3% from the floor and also dished out 4 dimes. Someone else that came through in this matchup for the Blue Demons was Javon Freeman-Liberty. He grabbed 8 boards and totaled 6 assists. He finished the game at 66.7% from the field in the game by going 8-of-12 (19 points). When the game finished, Freeman-Liberty was on the hardwood for 33 minutes.
Providence has a win-loss mark of 5-3 so far this year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Friars are connecting on 45.8% from the field, which is ranked 145th in the country. Providence has 591 points on the year (73.9 per contest) and they collect 34.4 boards per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 13.9 times per game (160th in the country) and they are giving up possession 10.6 times per contest. The Friars are responsible for committing 18.5 personal fouls per game and they shoot 72.9% from the free throw line. The Friars are ranked 198th in the nation in points given up per game with 71.1. They have forced 13.0 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 44.9% from the floor (245th in college basketball). The Providence defense allows 33.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter (50 of 150) and their opponents are knocking down 71.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 12.0 assists and 33.8 boards per contest, which ranks them 126th and 124th in those categories on the defensive end.
When they last played, the Providence Friars took a loss by a score of 70-64 when they played the Butler Bulldogs. The Friars were able to pull down 22 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 31 in this game. They blocked 3 attempts while getting 3 steals for the game. The Bulldogs had 15 fouls in the matchup which took the Friars to the free throw line for a total of 10 attempts. They were able to knock down 8 of those for a rate of 80.0%. With respect to 3-pointers, Providence knocked down 4 out of their 26 tries (15.4%). When all was said and done, the Friars finished the game shooting 26 for 63 from the floor which had them shooting 41.3%. The Friars allowed the Bulldogs to make 26 out of 57 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 45.6% in this contest. They finished shooting 29.4% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 5 of 17 and walked away from this one shooting 13 out of 23 at the free throw line (56.5%). In the matter of how they cleaned up the glass, Providence permitted Butler to collect 35 in all (10 on the offensive glass).
David Duke ended up being important for the Friars for the game. He made 6 of 16 for this game for a rate of 37.5%, which had him sitting at 17 points. Duke snagged 8 rebounds in his 39 minutes and totaled 5 dimes in the matchup. One more player who was a determining factor for Providence was Nate Watson. He accumulated 19 points in his 36 minutes on the hardwood via 9 out of 12 shooting in this matchup. Watson wrapped this one up going 75.0% from the field while earning 2 assists and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Providence (-6)
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