Big East foes will clash when the DePaul Blue Demons (13-5, 1-4 Big East) challenge the Creighton Bluejays (14-5, 3-3 Big East) at Wintrust Arena. Action begins at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
Creighton Bluejays at DePaul Blue Demons Odds Preview
The Bluejays defeated the Providence Friars in their last outing, 78-74. Ty-Shon Alexander led Creighton in scoring with 24 points on 8-for-10 shooting. Creighton played a nearly perfect game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.385 (above their season average of 0.207) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 53.6 (above their season average of 22.8). For those same stats, Providence put up marks of 0.203 and 44.2, respectively.
The last time the Blue Demons played, they beat the No. 5 Butler Bulldogs, 79-66. With 23 points on 8-for-9 shooting, Paul Reed was the top scorer from either team. DePaul dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.556 (above their season average of 0.215) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.600 (above their season average of 0.515). Butler was 0.283 and 0.481, respectively, for those same stats.
DePaul could have difficulty getting to the charity stripe in this matchup. The Blue Demons currently rank 162nd in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.229, while Creighton ranks 27th in FTA rate allowed (0.161). Also, the elite offense of the Bluejays ranks 38th in effective field goal percentage (0.538), while the Blue Demons are 55th-best in the NCAA at effective field goal percentage allowed (0.456).
This is the first time these teams will battle this year, after the Bluejays won both games last season. In the last game, Creighton won 91-78. The Bluejays dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.380 and a fantastic effective field goal percentage of 0.720. The Blue Demons had marks of 0.230 and 0.525, respectively, for those same stats.
Creighton Bluejays vs. DePaul Blue Demons Odds Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Depaul, ATS Winner – Creighton, O/U – Under
The Blue Demons average 38.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 64th in the nation. The Bluejays rank 204th in rebounds allowed per game (36.6).
Creighton ranks 64th in assists per game (14.6) while DePaul ranks 124th in assists allowed per game (12.6).
Creighton ranks 16th in steals allowed per game (4.8) while DePaul ranks 179th (7.7).
The Blue Demons rank 11th in blocks per game (5.9) while the Bluejays rank 172nd (2.2).
Creighton ranks 75th in three pointers attempted per game (24.6) while DePaul ranks 235th (18.8).
The Blue Demons have been outscored by an average of 1.4 points in their last five games. On the season, DePaul has defeated opponents by an average of 8.0 points.
During their last five games, the Bluejays have scored an average of 70.2 points per game (7.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 71.4 points per game (2.2 above their season average).