DePaul Blue Demons vs Creighton Bluejays Prediction, 2/24/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: DePaul Blue Demons vs Creighton Bluejays
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Location: CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, NE
Odds/Point Spread: DePaul (+15)
The Creighton Bluejays (16-5) play the DePaul Blue Demons (4-10) at CHI Health Center Omaha on Wednesday. DePaul opens this matchup as 15-point dogs. The over/under is set at 142.
DePaul heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 4-10 for the year. They are averaging 66.9 points per game (281st in the nation) while shooting 42.4% from the field. The Blue Demons are shooting 32.1% on three-point shots (76 of 237) and 66.3% from the charity stripe. As a team, DePaul is pulling in 38.5 rebounds per game and is sitting with 169 assists on the year, which ranks 319th in the nation in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 16.4 times per game and as a team they commit 19.1 personal fouls per contest. When they are on defense, the Blue Demons are forcing their opponents into 14.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 16.4 fouls. They are 61st in the country in giving up assists to their opponents with 194 conceded so far this year. The Blue Demons defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 41.1% (342 of 833) and they relinquish 36.6 rebounds per game as a team. They are conceding 30.7% from beyond the arc while they are 198th in D-1 in opponents points per game (70.6).
The DePaul Blue Demons played the St. John's Red Storm and earned the victory with a final of 88-83 in their last contest. DePaul wrapped up the game having earned a 63.0% FG percentage (34 out of 54) and buried 4 of their 8 three-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Blue Demons knocked down 16 of their 22 shots for a percentage of 72.7%. When discussing grabbing boards, they compiled 36 with 8 of them being offensive. They also doled out 14 assists in this game in addition to getting 6 steals and 8 blocks. In terms of defending, DePaul let their opponent shoot 63.0% from the floor on 34 of 54 shooting. St. John's earned 16 assists and had 11 steals in the game. Additionally, the Red Storm pulled down 29 rebounds (16 offensive, 13 defensive) and added 8 blocks. St. John's went 92.0% from the charity stripe by making 23 of 25 attempts. They made 12 of 33 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Ray Salnave is a guy who was important for the matchup. He ended up with 11 points on 3 out of 5 shooting. He played 29 minutes and grabbed 3 rebounds. Salnave finished the contest at 60.0% from the floor and distributed 2 dimes. One more player that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Blue Demons was Darious Hall. He grabbed 7 rebounds and accounted for 2 dimes. He finished the game at 55.6% from the floor for the contest by hitting 5-of-9 (11 points). When the final whistle blew, Hall saw the court for 25 min.
Creighton has a mark of 16-5 for the campaign. When it comes to offense, the Bluejays are shooting 48.7% from the floor, which has them ranked 32nd in the country. Creighton has scored 1,662 pts for the year (79.1 per contest) and they pull down 35.8 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 16.0 times per game (39th in D-1) and they are turning it over 11.3 times per game. The Bluejays are responsible for committing 15.6 personal fouls every game and they connect on 66.8% from the free throw line. The Bluejays defensively are ranked 144th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 69.1. The Creighton defense allows 32.9% on three-point shots (166 of 504) and their opposition knocks down 70.7% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 12.4 dimes and 36.9 total rebounds per game, which is 137th and 262nd in college hoops. They have forced 13.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 40.1% from the field (32nd in D-1).
In their last game, the Creighton Bluejays walked away with a victory by a final of 86-70 when they faced the Villanova Wildcats. The Bluejays recorded 27 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 32 in this matchup. They rejected 2 shots while getting 4 steals in the game. The Wildcats were called for 14 fouls for this contest which took the Bluejays to the free throw line for 13 attempts. They were able to knock down 10 of them for a rate of 76.9%. In the matter of shooting from distance, Creighton converted 12 out of their 26 tries (46.2%). When this game wrapped up, the Bluejays went 32 for 54 from the field which gave them a percentage of 59.3%. The Bluejays allowed the Wildcats to knock down 24 out of 64 tries from the field which had them shooting 37.5% in this matchup. They shot 31.3% from three-point range by connecting on 10 of 32 and finished the game at 12 out of 13 at the free throw line (92.3%). With respect to rebounds, Creighton permitted Villanova to grab 29 in total (11 on the offensive side).
Marcus Zegarowski ended up being a factor for the Bluejays for this game. He knocked down 10 of 18 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 55.6%, which earned him 25 points. Zegarowski had 3 boards in his 37 minutes played and had 5 assists in the game. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Creighton was Mitch Ballock. He racked up 20 points in 36 minutes on the court by way of 7 out of 9 shooting for the contest. Ballock ended the game having shot 77.8% from the floor in addition to totaling 3 assists and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take DePaul (+15)
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