DePaul Blue Demons vs Villanova Wildcats Prediction, 2/8/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: DePaul Blue Demons vs Villanova Wildcats
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Location: Finneran Pavilion in Villanova, PA
The Villanova Wildcats (10-13) will try to beat the DePaul Blue Demons (9-15) at Finneran Pavilion on Wednesday.
The DePaul Blue Demons stepped onto the hardwood against Seton Hall and took a loss by a score of 69-64 in their last contest. DePaul finished having earned a 40.0% field goal percentage (26 of 65) and knocked down 5 of their 21 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the free throw line, the Blue Demons converted 7 of 15 tries for a percentage of 46.7%. In relation to grabbing boards, they collected 33 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 12 assists in this game in addition to forcing 11 turnovers and getting 6 steals. With regard to defense, DePaul allowed their opponent to shoot 34.6% from the field on 18 out of 52 shooting. Seton Hall distributed 12 assists and had 10 steals in this contest. On top of that, Seton Hall snagged 40 rebounds (11 offensive, 29 defensive), but wasn't able to record a block. Seton Hall finished 66.7% from the charity stripe by converting 30 of their 45 shots. They converted 3 of 14 attempts from beyond the arc. Concerning fouls, the Blue Demons walked away with 29 while Seton Hall recorded 20 fouls.
Umoja Gibson is one guy who was a major factor in the game. He went 50.0% from the field and also earned 2 assists. He played 37 minutes and also pulled down 2 rebounds. He was able to score 21 points on 9 out of 18 shooting.
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DePaul heads into this contest with a win-loss record of 9-15 on the year. They cough up possession 13.0 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 18.7 personal fouls per game. As a unit, DePaul is grabbing 32.6 boards per contest and has accounted for 326 assists on the year, which ranks 151st in college basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Blue Demons are shooting 35.8% on shots from beyond the arc (201 of 562) and 74.9% from the free throw line. They average 71.3 pts per contest (181st in D-1) while shooting 42.3% from the field.
On defense, the Blue Demons are able to force 13.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.2 fouls. They are giving up 34.8% on shots from distance and they are ranked 334th in college basketball in points per game allowed (75.9). The Blue Demons defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 44.9% (635 of 1,414) and they concede 38.6 boards per game as a squad. They rank 257th in college hoops in giving up assists with 329 conceded this year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Villanova Wildcats took a loss by a score of 66-61 when they played Creighton. When it comes to rebounds, Villanova allowed Creighton to get 26 overall (7 on the offensive glass). They finished 29.2% from distance by connecting on 7 out of 24 and ended up going 19 out of 23 from the free throw line (82.6%). The Wildcats permitted Creighton to make 20 of 53 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 37.7% for the game. When the final whistle was blown, the Wildcats went 19 out of 49 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.8%. Regarding three-point shots, Villanova knocked down 7 out of 25 tries (28.0%). They were able to make 16 of the free throws for a percentage of 80.0%. Creighton committed 15 fouls for the game which took the Wildcats to the charity stripe for a total of 20 tries. They turned the ball over 10 times, while getting 4 steals for this contest. The Wildcats were able to corral 24 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards totaling 31 for the matchup.
Eric Dixon pitched in for the Wildcats in this matchup. He converted 7 of 18 in the game for a rate of 38.9%, and added 9 rebounds. He had 20 points in his 36 minutes on the court and had 1 assist in this matchup.
Villanova has a mark of 10-13 on the year. The Wildcats have committed 16.1 fouls per game while shooting 82.9% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 11.2 times per game (325th in D-1) and they turn the ball over 10.9 times per contest. Villanova has 1,604 points for the season (69.7 per contest) and they snag 31.5 rebounds per contest. As an offensive team, the Wildcats are shooting 43.7% from the field, which ranks 240th in D-1.
The Wildcats on the defensive side of the court are 156th in the nation in points allowed per contest with 68.6. They are able to force 11.4 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 44.0% from the floor (225th in college basketball). The Villanova defense surrenders 34.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (184 of 529) and their opponents are making 77.2% of their foul shots. They surrender 14.8 assists and 32.7 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 325th and 93rd in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Villanova
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