Creighton Bluejays vs DePaul Blue Demons Prediction, 12/20/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Creighton Bluejays vs DePaul Blue Demons
Date: Monday, December 20, 2021
Location: Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL
The Creighton Bluejays (8-3) are en route to Wintrust Arena on Monday where they will attempt to beat the DePaul Blue Demons (9-1).
The Creighton Bluejays faced Arizona State and took a loss by a score of 58-57 in their last contest. In reference to fouls, the Bluejays walked away with 13 and Arizona State accounted for 19 fouls. They converted 4 of their 15 tries from distance. Arizona State finished shooting 80.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 4 of their 5 attempts. On top of that, Arizona State grabbed 28 rebounds (3 offensive, 25 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. Arizona State recorded 11 dimes and had 5 steals for this game. With respect to defense, Creighton allowed the other team to shoot 41.7% from the floor on 25 of 60 shooting. They also recorded 15 dimes in this game as well as forcing the opposition into 8 turnovers and having 4 steals. In the matter of pulling down boards, they compiled a total of 38 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. From the free throw line, the Bluejays buried 10 of their 16 attempts for a percentage of 62.5%. Creighton ended the contest with a 38.9% FG percentage (21 out of 54) and buried 5 out of their 25 3-point attempts.
Ryan Kalkbrenner is one guy who was important in the matchup. He finished the contest at 85.7% from the floor and also earned 1 assist. He played 30 minutes played and also grabbed 9 rebounds. He ended up finishing with 16 points on 6 out of 7 shooting.
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Creighton will enter this game with a win-loss mark of 8-3 for the season. They currently have an average of 71.9 points per contest (189th in D-1) while going 48.2% from the field. The Bluejays are shooting 30.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (67 of 221) and 69.0% from the free throw line. As a unit, Creighton is collecting 38.3 boards per game and has totaled 156 dimes on the year, which ranks 99th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 14.0 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 13.4 fouls on a nightly basis.
On defense, the Bluejays are forcing their opponents into 12.1 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 16.0 fouls. They are 195th in college hoops in allowing assists to their opponents with 130 surrendered on the season. The Bluejays defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 39.7% (271 of 682) and they concede 33.7 rebounds per game as a team. They are surrendering 35.0% on shots from downtown and they are 115th in the nation in points per game from their opponents (65.4).
The last time they took the court, the DePaul Blue Demons walked away with a victory by a final of 72-66 when they faced UIC. The Blue Demons earned 25 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 35 for this contest. They also turned the ball over 10 times, while recording 6 steals for the contest. UIC earned 19 fouls for the matchup which took the Blue Demons to the free throw line for 20 tries. They were able to convert 13 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 65.0%. In regard to shooting from downtown, DePaul buried 3 of 15 tries (20.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Blue Demons walked away from this one shooting 28 for 61 from the field which had them at 45.9%. The Blue Demons permitted UIC to knock down 27 out of their 61 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 44.3% for the contest. They went 17.9% from three-point range by shooting 5 out of 28 and finished the contest at 7 out of 9 from the free throw line (77.8%). When it comes to team rebounding, DePaul permitted UIC to collect 25 in total (3 on the offensive glass).
Javon Freeman-Liberty ended up being a factor for the Blue Demons in this matchup. He knocked down 8 out of 23 in the game for a field goal percentage of 34.8%, and totaled 7 rebounds. He recorded 27 points in his 36 minutes of playing time and totaled 3 assists in the matchup.
DePaul has a win-loss mark of 9-1 for the season. The Blue Demons are committing 14.1 personal fouls per game and they hit 68.5% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 12.2 times per contest (253rd in the nation) and they turn it over 11.9 times per game. DePaul has totaled 816 points on the year (81.6 per contest) and they grab 41.8 boards per game. As an offensive team, the Blue Demons are connecting on 47.6% from the floor, which is ranked 53rd in the country.
The DePaul defense allows 31.0% from downtown (78 of 252) and their opponents are connecting on 73.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 12.2 assists and 34.8 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 164th and 187th in the country. The Blue Demons on defense are ranked 170th in the nation in PPG surrendered with 67.5. They are able to force 13.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 39.5% from the floor (59th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Creighton
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