Last Updated: 2017-03-07
The DePaul Blue Demons are traveling to Indiana in order to meet the Butler Bulldogs. The Blue Demons are coming off from another defeat, this time to the Villanova Wildcats at home, 75-62. The Bulldogs on the other side have defeated St. John’s at home on Wednesday, 110-86. Game tip-off is scheduled for Sunday, 01:30 PM ET.
The Blue Demons fall for the ninth consecutive game
The DePaul Blue Demons (8-18, 1-12) have won only one of their last 15 games including the last nine in a row without a victory. They’re ranked last in the conference with only one win that came against Providence at home on January 10th. The game against Butler will be their fourth straight versus ranked opponent. Against 2/2 ranked Villanova Wildcats, Docks-Harrison had most notable performance with 18 points, three rebounds and two assists from the bench. Eli Cain scored 12 (his 35th career game in double-figures) while adding eight rebounds and three assists. Brandon Cyrus contributed with eight rebounds and five points. All this wasn’t enough to match the Wildcats whose starters scored 69 points opposed to DePaul’s 27.
The Blue Demons outscored their opponents in the second half this season 995-975 but they get outscored 946-796 in the first half. Some reason for optimism can be found in the fact that DePaul players have totaled at least nine steals in seven of their last 15 games opposed to only four games in the entire last season. Eli Cain leads the team in statistical parameters with 15.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per match. Billy Garrett Jr. is just behind with 14.8 points and 3.2 assists per contest. He needs four treys (131 3fg) to pass Peter Patton (134 3fg) and move into seventh on DePaul’s all-time three-point field goal list. Tre’Darius McCallum is rounding up the Blue Demons players in double-figures scoring this year with 10.0 points per game. He also collects team-high 6.7 rebounds per game.
The Bulldogs look to gain some confidence prior to the Villanova match-up
The Butler Bulldogs (20-6, 9-5) finished the month of January with two defeats. February hasn’t been too successful either as they lost three of their last five games. Nevertheless, outstanding offensive performance against very good St. John’s team on Wednesday when they scored 110 points indicates that the Bulldogs are awakening. Avery Woodson and Andrew Chrabascz led the team with 20 points each while Woodson also collected four rebounds in his best performance in a Butler uniform so far. Tyler Wideman had a double-double performance (24 points, 10 rebounds) and Kethan Savage scored 11. Kelan Martin and Tyler Lewis had outstanding performances coming off the bench as Kelan scored 19 points and added nine rebounds while Tyler collected game-high nine assists followed with seven points. The Bulldogs tied the season-high 13 treys in this game while shooting 57.6 percent from the field.
Butler is ranked 24th in this week’s AP poll and 25th in the coaches’ poll. Martin leads the team with 15.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game this season. Andrew Charabascz averages 11.9 points and 4.7 rebounds in team-high 32.6 minutes on the floor. Tyler Lewis leads the team in passing with 4.0 assists per contest.
DePaul Blue Demons at Butler Bulldogs Game Trends & Prediction
The Blue Demons are 9-15-1 ATS overall, 7-9-0 home and 2-6-1 away. They are 12-12-1 against the Over/Under, 10-6-0 at home and 2-6-1 away. The Blue Demons are 1-3-1 ATS and 1-3-1 against the over/under in their last 5 games on the road.
On the other side, the Bulldogs are 10-11-3 against the Over/Under, 6-5-2 home and 4-6-1 away. They are 15-9-0 ATS, 9-4-0 home and 6-5-0 away. The Bulldogs are 3-2 ATS and 4-1 against the over/under in their last 5 at home.
The Blue Demons score 69.3 ppg and allow 74.3 ppg this season while the Bulldogs score 76.9 ppg and allow 68.3 ppg.
First meeting of the year between these two teams went Butler's way, 70-69 after overtime on January 21st, at the Allstate Arena. Since Butler joined the BIG EAST, Bulldogs have won six of seven meetings and two of those were decided in overtime. This will be the 14th all-time matchup (Butler leads 7-6) with the first ever game between these two occurring during the 1938-39 season when Bulldogs won 39-29. Advantage in this game certainly goes to the Bulldogs as they clearly represent a better team this year which is evidenced by their record.
My Pick: Butler Bulldogs -19