DePaul Blue Demons vs UConn Huskies Prediction, 3/1/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: DePaul Blue Demons vs UConn Huskies
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Location: Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT
The DePaul Blue Demons (9-20) are hitting the road to Gampel Pavilion on Wednesday where they will compete against the UConn Huskies (22-7).
The DePaul Blue Demons played Marquette and ended up losing by a score of 90-84 in their last game. DePaul finished the game having earned a 51.7% field goal percentage (31 out of 60) and converted 7 out of their 14 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Blue Demons converted 15 of their 22 attempts for a percentage of 68.2%. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 33 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 21 dimes in the game while forcing 9 turnovers and having 6 steals. Pertaining to defending, DePaul allowed the other team to go 48.4% from the field on 30 out of 62 shooting. Marquette recorded 22 dimes and had 10 steals for the contest. On top of that, Marquette snagged 25 rebounds (9 offensive, 16 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Marquette finished the contest at 78.3% at the charity stripe by making 18 of their 23 tries. They also made 12 of their 28 attempts from 3-point range. When it comes to personal fouls, the Blue Demons finished with 21 while Marquette finished the game with 17 personal fouls.
Umoja Gibson is one player who came through for this game. He notched 20 points on 6 out of 12 shooting. He was on the court for 35 minutes played and also collected 2 rebounds. He finished 50.0% from the field and dished out 8 assists.
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DePaul will enter this matchup with a win-loss record of 9-20 for the campaign. They are losing possession via turnover 13.0 times per game and as a squad they are committing 18.4 personal fouls every game. As a unit, DePaul is snagging 33.1 rebounds per game and has accumulated 410 assists for the season, which ranks 125th in the country in terms of passing. The Blue Demons are hitting 36.2% on shots from 3-point land (244 of 674) and 74.0% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 71.4 points per game (184th in the country) while hitting 42.4% from the field.
Defensively, the Blue Demons are able to force 12.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 16.8 personal fouls. They currently rank 262nd in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 413 relinquished so far this year. The Blue Demons defense is giving up a FG percentage of 44.7% (782 of 1,748) and they relinquish 38.9 boards per game as a unit. They are giving up 34.4% on shots from downtown and they rank 339th in the nation in points per game allowed (76.7).
When they last stepped on the court, the UConn Huskies got the victory with a final of 95-86 against St. John's. In relation to rebounds, UConn allowed St. John's to get 28 in total (12 on the offensive side). They went 30.8% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 4 of 13 and finished the game at 22 of 29 from the free throw line (75.9%). The Huskies permitted St. John's to convert 30 of their 65 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.2% for the contest. When this game wrapped up, the Huskies ended up going 30 for 64 from the field which had them shooting 46.9%. With respect to shots from distance, UConn converted 9 of 25 attempts (36.0%). They were able to knock down 26 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 78.8%. St. John's was called for 23 personal fouls for the contest which got the Huskies to the free throw line for 33 shots. They also coughed up the ball 14 times, while getting 9 steals in the matchup. The Huskies were able to collect 21 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive boards for a total of 36 in this game.
Jordan Hawkins ended up being a major contributor for the Huskies in the matchup. He scored 20 points in his 34 mins on the court and had 3 dimes in this contest. He made 6 out of 18 in this matchup giving him a rate of 33.3%, and accounted for 2 rebounds.
UConn has a win-loss mark of 22-7 for the year. The Huskies commit 18.6 personal fouls per game while shooting 75.3% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 17.1 times per contest (9th in college basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.9 times per contest. UConn has earned 2,289 points for the season (78.9 per contest) and they pull in 39.2 boards per game. As an offense, the Huskies are shooting 45.6% from the field, which has them ranked 118th in D-1.
The UConn defense gives up 29.8% on 3-point shots (134 of 449) and their opposition makes 73.8% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 9.1 dimes and 30.1 rebounds per game, which is ranked 7th and 11th in D-1. The Huskies are ranked 54th in the country in PPG allowed with 65.2. They are able to force 13.6 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 41.2% from the floor (52nd in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take UConn
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