Creighton Bluejays vs DePaul Blue Demons Prediction, 2/17/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Creighton Bluejays vs DePaul Blue Demons
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022
Location: Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL
Wintrust Arena is the location where the DePaul Blue Demons (12-12) will compete against the Creighton Bluejays (16-8) on Thursday.
The Creighton Bluejays faced off with Georgetown and earned the victory with a final of 88-77 in their last contest. Creighton wrapped up the contest with a 53.8% FG percentage (28 of 52) and buried 12 of their 29 shots from downtown. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Bluejays made 20 of their 27 attempts for a percentage of 74.1%. With regard to pulling down rebounds, they collected 36 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 20 dimes for this contest in addition to forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and getting 3 steals. When it comes to defense, Creighton allowed 37.7% from the floor on 26 of 69 shooting. Georgetown distributed 6 assists and had 6 steals for the contest. On top of that, Georgetown totaled 33 rebounds (12 offensive, 21 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. Georgetown ended up going 91.7% at the free throw line by knocking down 22 of their 24 attempts. They converted 3 out of their 19 shots from beyond the arc. When it comes to personal fouls, the Bluejays finished with 18 and Georgetown finished the game with 19 personal fouls.
Alex O'Connell is one player who was a major contributor in this matchup. He finished the game at 46.7% from the field and also totaled 5 assists. He was on the court for 38 mins played and also totaled 3 rebounds. He walked away with 27 points on 7 of 15 shooting.
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Creighton heads into this contest with a record of 16-8 this season. They are averaging 69.2 points per game (237th in the country) while hitting 45.3% from the field. The Bluejays are hitting 31.4% on 3-point shots (164 of 523) and 72.8% from the free throw line. As a team, Creighton is pulling in 38.3 rebounds per game and has accounted for 324 dimes so far this year, which is 187th in the country in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 14.6 times per game and as a group are committing 13.9 personal fouls per game.
Defensively, the Bluejays are able to force 11.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 15.3 personal fouls. They surrender 32.3% on 3-point attempts and they are 88th in the country in points per game allowed (66.0). The Bluejays defensively are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 39.2% (592 of 1,512) and they surrender 35.3 boards per game as a unit. They are currently ranked 84th in the country in giving up assists to their opponents with 278 relinquished this year.
When they last played, the DePaul Blue Demons took a loss by a final score of 73-71 when they played Butler. The Blue Demons earned 17 defensive boards and 16 offensive rebounds totaling 33 in this game. They turned it over 8 times, while recording 3 steals in this game. Butler committed 17 personal fouls for the contest which took the Blue Demons to the free throw line for a total of 16 attempts. They were able to knock down 11 of the free throws for a rate of 68.8%. In relation to shots from beyond the arc, DePaul buried 8 out of their 21 attempts (38.1%). In all, the Blue Demons finished the game shooting 26 out of 63 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.3%. The Blue Demons permitted Butler to convert 25 of their 50 tries from the field which had them shooting 50.0% in this contest. They finished 26.3% from 3-point land by shooting 5 of 19 and ended up shooting 18 out of 21 at the free throw line (85.7%). When discussing cleaning the glass, DePaul permitted Butler to get 28 in all (7 on the offensive side).
David Jones ended up having an impact for the Blue Demons for this contest. He buried 7 out of 14 in this contest for a rate of 50.0%, and accounted for 4 rebounds. He scored 17 points in his 32 mins on the court and added 4 dimes for this game.
DePaul has a record of 12-12 so far this year. When it comes to offense, the Blue Demons are hitting on 43.4% from the field, which ranks 218th in the country. DePaul has tallied 1,750 points on the year (72.9 per game) and they collect 38.6 boards per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 11.3 times per contest (305th in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 12.3 times per game. The Blue Demons are committing 15.3 fouls per game and they connect on 68.9% from the free throw line.
The Blue Demons defensively are ranked 224th in D-1 in points allowed per contest with 70.6. They are able to force 12.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 42.3% from the field (141st in college basketball). The DePaul defense concedes 34.3% on shots from distance (182 of 531) and their opposition makes 76.1% of their free throw attempts. They have conceded 12.4 dimes and 35.5 total rebounds per game, ranking them 166th and 233rd in D-1.
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take DePaul
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