DePaul vs Xavier Predictions, College Basketball Expert Picks 3/11/2020
Game: DePaul Blue Demons vs Xavier Musketeers
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Xavier -5
The DePaul Blue Demons travel to Madison Square Garden to play the Xavier Musketeers on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The opening line for this matchup has Xavier as 5 point favorites.
DePaul comes into this game with an overall record of 15-16. They currently have a point differential of -0.5 as they are averaging 70.7 points per game while giving up 71.2 per contest. Xavier has an overall mark of 19-12. They are averaging 70.8 points per contest and giving up 67.5, which is a point differential of 3.3.
Valuable DePaul Blue Demons Betting Trends
The DePaul Blue Demons are 13-16-1 against the spread
The DePaul Blue Demons are 15-15-0 against the over/under
Important Xavier Musketeers Betting Trends
The Xavier Musketeers are 11-18-2 against the spread
The Xavier Musketeers are 13-17-1 against the over/under
Key DePaul Blue Demons Injuries
03/10/20 G Markese Jacobs Knee is out for season
03/09/20 F Paul Reed Hip is questionable Wednesday vs Xavier
02/01/20 G Devin Gage Hand is out for season
01/10/20 G Lyrik Shreiner Undisclosed is out indefinitely
Key Xavier Musketeers Injuries
03/09/20 G Paul Scruggs Hamstring is questionable Wednesday vs Depaul
03/02/20 G Myles Hanson Shoulder is out indefinitely
02/07/20 F Dieonte Miles Knee is out indefinitely
01/09/20 G Dahmir Bishop Left Team is out for season
Charlie Moore comes into this contest averaging 15.5 points per game while playing 35.6 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 3.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.0 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 81%. Paul Reed averages 14.9 points per game in 31.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.6 assists per contest and 10.6 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 51% for the year while his free throw percentage is 74%.
Naji Marshall averages 16.9 points per game while playing 35.5 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 6.2 rebounds per game and has 3.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 70%. Tyrique Jones averages 13.7 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 28.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 11.2 rebounds per contest and 1.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 55% and his free throw percentage is 60%.
Useful Team Statistics
DePaul averages 70.7 points per contest this season, which ranks them 191st in the NCAA. Their average scoring margin is -0.5 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team, which has them ranked 181st. Behind the arc they shoot 31% which is good for 286th in the nation. They average 37.3 rebounds per game and 13.5 assists per game, which ranks them 82nd and 141st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 43rd with 14.7 per game. The Blue Demons allow 71.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 227th in the country. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 80th and 238th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 37.0 rebounds a game which ranks 281st and they give up 13.9 assists per contest, which puts them in 271st place in Division 1. They force 16.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 327th in D-1.
Useful Team Statistics
Xavier is 187th in the country with 70.8 points per game this year. They are 187th in Division 1 in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is 3.3. They shoot 32% from 3-point range, which is good for 276th in the nation. They are 33rd in the NCAA in rebounding with 39.0 boards per game, and 75th in assists per contest with 14.4. The Musketeers are 91st in turnovers per game with 14.0. The Musketeers surrender 67.5 points per contest, which ranks them 121st in D-1. Their defense allows a 41% shooting percentage and a 30% average from 3-point range, ranking them 57th and 44th in those defensive statistics. They rank 116th with 11.9 assists allowed per contest and 194th with 35.2 rebounds surrendered per game. The Musketeers are 161st in country in forcing turnovers with 13.1 per game.
The Blue Demons are 271st in the nation in offensive rating with 97.6. In terms of pace they are 57th in the country with 71.8 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 48% is 259th. As a team they are 282nd in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shoot 3-pointers on 30% of their shots, ranking 311th in Division 1. DePaul is 86th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 17.5 times per 100 possessions.
Xavier is 127th in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 17 times per 100 possessions. The Musketeers have an offensive rating of 100.3, which is ranked 202nd. They are 175th in D-1 in pace with 69.2 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 220th. As a unit they are 261st in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 239th in the country.
Who will win tonight's DePaul/Xavier college basketball game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Xavier -5
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