Providence Friars vs DePaul Blue Demons Prediction, 2/13/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Providence Friars vs DePaul Blue Demons
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021
Location: Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Providence (-1.5)
The DePaul Blue Demons (3-8) play the Providence Friars (10-10) at Wintrust Arena on Saturday. The odds on this game have Providence as 1.5-point favorites. The total is set at 136.5.
Providence enters this matchup with a win-loss mark of 10-10 on the year. They have an average of 71.6 pts per game (177th in the country) while connecting on 43.7% from the floor. The Friars are connecting on 32.6% on shots from 3-point land (126 of 387) and 71.5% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Providence is pulling down 35.7 rebounds per game and is sitting with 285 assists for the year, which ranks 50th in college hoops in terms of passing. They cough up possession 11.6 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 17.1 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Friars have forced 11.6 turnovers every game while drawing 17.8 fouls. The Friars defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 44.3% (523 of 1,181) and they relinquish 35.4 boards per contest as a team. They are 297th in the country in allowing assists with 267 surrendered so far this season. They are conceding 30.5% on shots from distance and they rank 202nd in college hoops in PPG allowed (71.1).
The Providence Friars took the court against the Connecticut Huskies and took home the win by a score of 70-59 in their last contest. Providence ended the game having earned a 43.4% field goal percentage (23 of 53) and made 6 of 17 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Friars knocked down 18 of 27 attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. With regard to rebounding, they compiled a total of 35 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 14 assists for the game while earning 6 steals and 3 blocks. When it comes to defending, Providence allowed the other team to shoot 43.4% from the field on 23 of 53 shooting. Connecticut distributed 9 assists and had 6 steals for the game. In addition, the Huskies totaled 32 boards (9 offensive, 23 defensive) and got 3 rejections. Connecticut finished the game at 55.6% at the free throw line by burying 5 of their 9 attempts. They knocked down 4 out of their 20 shots from downtown.
David Duke is one guy who had an impact for the matchup. He racked up 17 points on 5 of 14 shooting. He played for 36 minutes played and totaled 6 boards. Duke ended up shooting 35.7% from the field and dished out 2 dimes. One more player that came through in this contest for the Friars was Nate Watson. He had 6 boards and accumulated 2 assists. He ended up going 75.0% from the floor for the matchup via 6-of-8 (17 points). When all was said and done, Watson was on the court for 32 minutes.
DePaul has a record of 3-8 for the campaign. When it comes to executing on offense, the Blue Demons are hitting on 42.3% from the field, which ranks 271st in Division 1. DePaul has scored 749 points so far this season (68.1 per game) and they grab 37.6 rebounds per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 12.9 times per game (198th in the nation) and they turn the ball over 15.7 times per game. The Blue Demons are committing 18.9 personal fouls every game and they go 65.7% from the free throw line. The Blue Demons defensively are ranked 222nd in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 71.7. The DePaul defense gives up 30.1% on 3-pointers (75 of 249) and their opposition makes 71.9% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 14.1 assists and 36.2 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 252nd and 236th in those defensive categories. They are able to force 14.9 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 42.8% from the floor (164th in college hoops).
The last time they took the hardwood, the DePaul Blue Demons took a loss by a final score of 68-58 against the Butler Bulldogs. The Blue Demons were able to corral 17 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards for a total of 26 in this contest. They also blocked 3 tries while recording 7 steals in the game. The Bulldogs earned 19 fouls in this matchup which got the Blue Demons to the free throw line for 16 tries. They were able to convert 9 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 56.3%. With respect to shots from downtown, DePaul converted 5 out of their 14 tries (35.7%). Overall, the Blue Demons ended up shooting 22 for 56 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 39.3%. The Blue Demons allowed the Bulldogs to make 18 out of 41 attempts from the floor which had them at 43.9% for the game. They finished 40.0% from beyond the arc by going 8 out of 20 and ended up shooting 24 out of 36 at the free throw line (66.7%). When talking about cleaning the glass, DePaul allowed Butler to pull down 24 overall (6 offensive).
Javon Freeman-Liberty ended up having an impact for the Blue Demons for the contest. He made 9 out of 15 for this game giving him a rate of 60.0%, which had him sitting at 26 points. Freeman-Liberty snagged 8 rebounds in his 34 mins and accounted for 3 dimes for the contest. One more player that was pivotal for DePaul was Romeo Weems. He totaled 8 points in his 30 minutes on the hardwood by going 4 out of 7 from the floor in the matchup. Weems ended up shooting 57.1% from the floor while totaling 2 assists and 3 boards.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take DePaul (+1.5) and under 136.5 points
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