DePaul Blue Demons vs Providence Friars Prediction, 3/10/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: DePaul Blue Demons vs Providence Friars
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: DePaul (+6.5)
Madison Square Garden is the site where and the Providence Friars (13-12) will play the DePaul Blue Demons (4-13) on Wednesday. The line on this game has Providence as 6.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 134.5.
DePaul comes into this game with a mark of 4-13 for the season. They have an average of 65.9 pts per game (293rd in college basketball) while connecting on 41.7% from the floor. The Blue Demons are connecting on 31.7% from downtown (95 of 300) and 67.7% from the free throw line. As a team, DePaul is pulling in 37.6 rebounds per game and has totaled 202 assists for the season, which ranks 313th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. They are giving up possession 15.9 times per game and as a unit are committing 19.2 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Blue Demons have forced 14.7 turnovers every game while drawing 15.9 fouls. They relinquish 31.3% from beyond the arc and they rank 208th in D-1 in points per game allowed (71.2). The Blue Demons are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 41.9% (416 of 994) and they relinquish 36.9 boards per game as a unit. They are 65th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 232 surrendered for the year.
The DePaul Blue Demons faced off with the Marquette Golden Eagles and took a loss by a score of 77-71 in their last contest. DePaul walked away from the contest having earned a 40.8% field goal percentage (29 out of 71) and buried 5 out of their 21 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Blue Demons knocked down 8 of their 11 attempts for a percentage of 72.7%. When talking about grabbing rebounds, they compiled 34 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 12 assists in this game while forcing 14 turnovers and earning 5 steals. With respect to the defense, DePaul allowed the other team to go 47.3% from the field on 26 out of 55 shooting. Marquette recorded 11 dimes and had 5 steals in this matchup. Moreover, Marquette grabbed 32 rebounds (3 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Marquette finished shooting 76.0% at the free throw line by making 19 of 25 tries. They also knocked down 6 out of their 23 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Pauly Paulicap is one guy who was a major factor for this contest. He totaled 20 points on 8 out of 12 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 32 minutes and snagged 6 rebounds. Paulicap walked away from this one shooting 66.7% from the floor but finished the game without an assist. Someone else that was a contributor in this matchup for the Blue Demons was Ray Salnave. He grabbed 7 rebounds in his 33 min on the court. He ended up shooting 42.9% from the field for this game by shooting 6-of-14 (13 points). Overall, Salnave had no assists.
Providence has a win-loss mark of 13-12 for the campaign. In terms of offensive execution, the Friars are connecting on 43.3% from the floor, which ranks them 229th in college basketball. Providence has scored 1,754 pts for the year (70.2 per game) and they average 35.7 boards per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 13.6 times per game (143rd in Division 1) and they turn it over 11.6 times per game. The Friars are committing 16.9 personal fouls every game while shooting 71.1% from the charity stripe. The Friars on the defensive side of the court are 162nd in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 69.7. The Providence defense gives up 29.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter (150 of 502) and their opposition knocks down 70.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 12.8 dimes and 36.0 boards per contest, ranking them 161st and 233rd in college hoops. They are forcing 11.4 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 43.5% from the floor (181st in D-1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Providence Friars walked away with a victory by a final of 54-52 against the Villanova Wildcats. The Friars snagged 28 defensive boards and 3 offensive boards totaling 31 for this game. They also coughed up the ball 10 times, while recording 3 steals for the matchup. The Wildcats committed 12 fouls for the game which took the Friars to the charity stripe for 9 shots. They were able to bury 5 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 55.6%. With respect to three-point shots, Providence buried 5 out of their 20 tries (25.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Friars finished shooting 22 out of 55 from the floor which had them shooting 40.0%. The Friars allowed the Wildcats to convert 17 of 52 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 32.7% in the matchup. They wrapped up this game 22.2% from beyond the arc by connecting on 4 out of 18 and finished the contest at 14 of 23 at the charity stripe (60.9%). In regard to rebounds, Providence allowed Villanova to get 35 in total (9 on the offensive glass).
David Duke ended up having an impact for the Friars in the game. He buried 8 of 21 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 38.1%, and accumulated 7 rebounds. Duke scored 20 points in his 39 mins of playing time and had 3 assists in this game. One more player that ended being a contributor for Providence was Nate Watson. He accumulated 1 assist in 37 minutes on the court, and he put in 8 out of 13 from the floor. Watson ended up shooting 61.5% from the field in addition to earning 20 points and 4 boards.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Providence (-6.5) and over 134.5 points
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