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Cal Poly vs. DePaul, 12/21/2011 20:30
Point Spread: -3/-105 DePaul
The DePaul Blue Demons are a program on the rise under former Clemson head coach Oliver Purnell. They have opened 8-3 this year behind a veteran team that returned four starters from a year ago. I like the Blue Demons to cover this small number over Cal Poly-Slo at home tonight.
Players love Purnell's up-tempo style. DePaul is averaging 79.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting this season. Cal Poly will have a hard time keeping up considering they score just 63.5 points on 43.2 percent shooting, including 56.7 points and 39.9 percent on the road.
Cal Poly likes to play a slow-down tempo, while DePaul likes to push it. Playing at home tonight, I believe the Blue Demons will control the tempo, thus control the game. Which ever team controls the tempo will win tonight.
The Blue Demons have two absolute studs leading this team. Cleveland Melvin, who led them in scoring last year, leads them again in 2011-12 with 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Brandon Young is averaging 17.5 points and 4.6 assists from the point guard position. Jeremy Kelly (11.1 PPG, 4.4 APG) has also been productive in the early going.
DePaul is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 versus poor foul drawing teams - attempting