Connecticut Huskies vs DePaul Blue Demons Prediction, 1/11/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Connecticut Huskies vs DePaul Blue Demons
Date: Monday, January 11, 2021
Location: Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Connecticut (-4.5)
The Connecticut Huskies (6-1) travel to Wintrust Arena on Monday where they'll take on the DePaul Blue Demons (1-3). Connecticut opens this matchup as 4.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 139.5.
Connecticut will enter this matchup with a mark of 6-1 on the season. The Huskies are connecting on 36.5% on 3-pointers (54 of 148) and 72.5% from the charity stripe. They average 75.0 pts per game (128th in Division 1) while connecting on 43.7% from the field. They cough up possession 12.7 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 19.3 fouls per game. As a team, Connecticut is collecting 40.3 boards per contest and has earned 93 dimes for the season, which ranks 277th in the country in terms of passing the rock. When they are on the defensive end, the Huskies are forcing their opponents into 13.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.4 fouls. They rank 30th in D-1 in giving up assists with 68 conceded on the year. The Huskies are giving up a field goal percentage of 40.3% (155 of 385) and they relinquish 32.3 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are giving up 28.1% on three-point shots and they are ranked 34th in the nation in points per game allowed (63.0).
The Connecticut Huskies played the Butler Bulldogs and took home the win by a score of 72-60 in their last contest. Connecticut wrapped up the game having earned a 43.1% field goal percentage (25 of 58) and buried 10 out of their 21 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the free throw line, the Huskies converted 12 of 15 attempts for a rate of 80.0%. In terms of pulling down rebounds, they earned 28 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 13 assists for this game in addition to having 7 steals and 3 blocked shots. When talking about defense, Connecticut allowed their opponent to shoot 43.1% from the floor on 25 of 58 shooting. Butler dished out 12 dimes and had 6 steals in this contest. In addition, the Bulldogs snagged 22 rebounds (4 offensive, 18 defensive) and earned 3 blocked shots. Butler finished 61.9% when shooting free throws by making 13 of their 21 attempts. They converted 5 of 15 shots from long range.
Tyler Polley is a guy who came through in this matchup. He ended up with 19 points on 5 out of 10 shooting. He played 32 mins played and also grabbed 2 boards. Polley finished the game shooting 50.0% from the field and also distributed 2 assists. One more player that was a major factor in this game for the Huskies was Tyrese Martin. He grabbed 7 boards and had 3 assists. He ended up shooting 41.7% from the field for the game by shooting 5-of-12 (15 points). When this game wrapped up, Martin was on the hardwood for 32 minutes.
DePaul has a record of 1-3 for the year. The Blue Demons have committed 20.0 personal fouls every game and they hit 69.1% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 16.3 times per game (51st in college basketball) and they turn it over 17.3 times per game. DePaul has totaled 310 points on the season (77.5 per contest) and they average 36.3 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Blue Demons are connecting on 46.9% from the floor, which ranks 87th in the country. The Blue Demons defensively are ranked 328th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 81.3. They are able to force 16.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 44.6% from the floor (247th in the country). The DePaul defense surrenders 29.5% on three-point shots (26 of 88) and opponents are connecting on 76.1% of their free throw attempts. They concede 15.0 dimes and 38.8 rebounds per contest, which is 287th and 299th in Division 1.
In their last game, the DePaul Blue Demons walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 76-68 when they played the Seton Hall Pirates. The Blue Demons pulled down 13 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive boards for a total of 27 in this matchup. They blocked 2 attempts while getting 9 steals for the contest. The Pirates committed 22 fouls for this contest which got the Blue Demons to the free throw line for a total of 20 tries. They were able to make 14 of the free throws for a percentage of 70.0%. In reference to shots from downtown, DePaul converted 4 of 13 attempts (30.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Blue Demons finished 25 for 60 from the floor which gave them a rate of 41.7%. The Blue Demons allowed the Pirates to convert 26 out of 50 tries from the field which had them shooting 52.0% in this matchup. They finished shooting 23.5% from distance by shooting 4 out of 17 and walked away from this one shooting 20 out of 23 from the charity stripe (87.0%). In the matter of cleaning the glass, DePaul permitted Seton Hall to grab 35 in total (11 on the offensive glass).
Javon Freeman-Liberty ended up being important for the Blue Demons in this matchup. He converted 7 of 11 for the matchup giving him a rate of 63.6%, which gave him 22 points. Freeman-Liberty snagged 4 rebounds in his 37 minutes and added 4 dimes for this game. Another guy that was important for DePaul was Nick Ongenda. He walked away with 10 points in his 23 minutes on the hardwood via 4 out of 7 from the floor for the game. Ongenda finished going 57.1% from the floor in addition to totaling 2 assists and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take DePaul (+4.5)
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