Creighton Bluejays vs DePaul Blue Demons Prediction, 1/30/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Creighton Bluejays vs DePaul Blue Demons
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
Location: Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Creighton (-9.5)
The DePaul Blue Demons (3-6) host the Creighton Bluejays (12-4) at Wintrust Arena on Saturday. The spread on this contest has Creighton as 9.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 150.
Creighton will take the court with a win-loss record of 12-4 so far this year. They average 80.9 points per game (31st in the country) while hitting 48.9% from the field. The Bluejays are hitting 37.4% on 3-pointers (163 of 436) and 65.3% from the free throw line. As a team, Creighton is grabbing 36.0 rebounds per game and has tallied 260 assists on the campaign, which ranks 21st in college basketball in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 10.9 times per game and as a unit are committing 16.1 personal fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Bluejays are able to force 12.9 turnovers every game and they draw 16.6 fouls. The Bluejays defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 40.3% (403 of 1,001) and they surrender 37.9 boards per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 240th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 195 surrendered so far this year. They are conceding 33.2% on three-point shots and they are 170th in Division 1 in points per game allowed (69.9).
The Creighton Bluejays played the Seton Hall Pirates and took home the win by a score of 85-81 in their last contest. Creighton ended having earned a 46.9% FG percentage (30 out of 64) and converted 17 out of their 35 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the free throw line, the Bluejays converted 8 of their 14 attempts for a percentage of 57.1%. With respect to getting rebounds, they earned 25 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 18 assists in this game in addition to getting 7 steals and 2 blocked shots. When discussing defending, Creighton let their opponent shoot 46.9% from the floor on 30 of 64 shooting. Seton Hall dished out 10 dimes and had 3 steals in this matchup. Furthurmore, the Pirates collected 38 boards (9 offensive, 29 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Seton Hall ended up going 77.8% when shooting free throws by knocking down 14 of their 18 tries. They converted 9 of 25 attempts from distance.
Mitch Ballock is one guy who had an impact in this matchup. He scored 29 points on 11 of 17 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38 mins and also collected 2 boards. Ballock ended up shooting 64.7% from the field and recorded 4 assists. Another guy that was a determining factor in this contest for the Bluejays was Marcus Zegarowski. He pulled down 3 rebounds and also collected 3 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 54.5% from the floor for the contest by going 6-of-11 (18 points). Overall, Zegarowski was on the court for 36 minutes.
DePaul has a mark of 3-6 so far this season. As an offensive team, the Blue Demons are hitting on 43.2% from the field, which is 237th in Division 1. DePaul has earned 629 pts so far this season (69.9 per game) and they pull down 38.3 rebounds per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 13.3 times per game (173rd in the country) and they cough up possession 16.6 times per game. The Blue Demons commit 17.9 fouls every game and they connect on 65.7% from the free throw line. The Blue Demons on the defensive side of the court are 231st in college basketball in PPG surrendered with 72.4. They have forced 15.4 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 42.9% from the floor (177th in the nation). The DePaul defense gives up 29.5% on 3-pointers (61 of 207) and their opposition knocks down 71.5% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 14.2 dimes and 36.7 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 256th and 248th in college hoops.
In their last game, the DePaul Blue Demons took a loss by a final score of 81-68 when they faced the St. John's Red Storm. The Blue Demons were able to corral 26 defensive rebounds and 19 offensive rebounds for a total of 45 for the game. They turned away 3 attempts while earning 6 steals for this contest. The Red Storm had 21 personal fouls for this contest which took the Blue Demons to the charity stripe for 18 shots. They were able to convert 10 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 55.6%. Pertaining to 3-point shots, DePaul made 4 out of their 17 attempts (23.5%). When the game finished, the Blue Demons shot 27 for 70 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.6%. The Blue Demons permitted the Red Storm to make 30 out of 65 attempts from the field which had them at 46.2% for the game. They finished 26.9% from downtown by going 7 out of 26 and walked away from this one shooting 14 out of 21 from the free throw line (66.7%). With respect to attacking the glass, DePaul allowed St. John's to snag 35 in total (10 offensive).
Charlie Moore pitched in for the Blue Demons in this matchup. He knocked down 8 of 18 for the contest for a rate of 44.4%, which gave him 21 points. Moore pulled down 3 boards in his 35 minutes and accumulated 4 dimes in this contest. Someone else that was important for DePaul was Javon Freeman-Liberty. He was able to score 16 points in his 36 minutes on the hardwood by way of 7 out of 16 shooting for the contest. Freeman-Liberty ended up shooting 43.8% from the floor in addition to totaling 3 dimes and 5 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Creighton (-9.5)
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