DePaul Blue Demons vs Butler Bulldogs Prediction, 2/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: DePaul Blue Demons vs Butler Bulldogs
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: DePaul (+3.5)
The DePaul Blue Demons (3-7) head to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday where they'll meet the Butler Bulldogs (5-10). Butler opens this contest as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 131.
DePaul steps onto the court with a win-loss record of 3-7 so far this year. They currently have an average of 69.1 points per game (239th in the country) while going 42.6% from the field. The Blue Demons are hitting 31.3% on shots from beyond the arc (61 of 195) and 66.7% from the free throw line. As a team, DePaul is pulling down 38.2 rebounds per game and has accounted for 130 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 312th in college basketball in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 16.0 times per contest and as a squad are committing 18.0 fouls per game. Defensively, the Blue Demons are forcing their opponents into 15.2 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 16.5 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 51st in the country in giving up assists to the opposition with 143 surrendered for the season. The Blue Demons defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 42.7% (257 of 602) and they concede 36.8 rebounds per game as a team. They give up 29.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 229th in college basketball in PPG allowed (72.1).
The DePaul Blue Demons took the court against the Creighton Bluejays and ended up losing by a score of 69-62 in their last game. DePaul ended the contest with a 36.9% field goal percentage (24 out of 65) and made 6 out of their 24 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Blue Demons converted 8 of 10 attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they collected 36 with 14 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 10 dimes for the matchup as well as having 9 steals and 5 blocked shots. In regard to the defense, DePaul allowed the other team to go 36.9% from the floor on 24 out of 65 shooting. Creighton earned 15 assists and had 7 steals in the matchup. In addition, the Bluejays grabbed 34 rebounds (9 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Creighton finished the game at 85.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 17 of their 20 attempts. They buried 6 of their 22 shots from beyond the arc.
Ray Salnave is one guy who was a contributor for the matchup. He finished with 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 37 minutes and also grabbed 5 boards. Salnave finished the contest at 61.5% from the floor and also earned 2 dimes. One more player that came through in the game for the Blue Demons was Javon Freeman-Liberty. He grabbed 8 rebounds and tallied 5 assists. He finished shooting 33.3% from the floor in this contest by connecting on 4-of-12 (13 points). When all was said and done, Freeman-Liberty was on the court for 34 min.
Butler has a record of 5-10 for the campaign. The Bulldogs commit 16.7 fouls per contest and they shoot 60.4% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 12.1 times per contest (262nd in the nation) and they are losing possession via turnover 10.9 times per contest. Butler has tallied 940 pts on the campaign (62.7 per contest) and they collect 32.3 rebounds per contest. In terms of offensive execution, the Bulldogs are connecting on 41.2% from the field, which ranks 302nd in the country. The Bulldogs on the defensive end are ranked 100th in college hoops in PPG given up with 67.3. The Butler defense surrenders 37.0% from downtown (110 of 297) and their opponents are converting on 68.4% of their free throw attempts. They allow 13.7 assists and 32.8 boards per contest, which is ranked 229th and 80th in college hoops. They are forcing 12.3 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.9% from the floor (304th in the nation).
For their last game, the Butler Bulldogs walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 70-67 when they faced the Marquette Golden Eagles. The Bulldogs corralled 14 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 24 in the game. They also rejected 2 tries while recording 9 steals for the matchup. The Golden Eagles were called for 21 personal fouls for this contest which got the Bulldogs to the charity stripe for 25 shots. They were able to make 13 of those for a percentage of 52.0%. With regard to shooting from distance, Butler buried 10 of their 23 tries (43.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Bulldogs ended up going 22 out of 54 from the floor which gave them a rate of 40.7%. The Bulldogs permitted the Golden Eagles to bury 24 out of 39 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 61.5% for this game. They finished 33.3% from distance by shooting 4 out of 12 and ended up shooting 18 of 29 at the free throw line (62.1%). When talking about attacking the glass, Butler permitted Marquette to collect 31 in total (3 offensive).
Bo Hodges was important for the Bulldogs for the matchup. He made 5 of 13 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 38.5%, which had him finishing with 15 points. Hodges grabbed 12 boards in his 39 minutes and tallied 8 dimes for the matchup. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Butler was Bryce Nze. He ended up walking away with 13 points in his 29 minutes on the court via 4 out of 8 shooting in the game. Nze ended the game having shot 50.0% from the field while contributing 2 assists and 6 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take DePaul (+3.5)
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