The DePaul Blue Demons (14-14, 2-13 Big East) can snap a seven-game road losing streak when they meet the Butler Bulldogs (19-9, 7-8 Big East) at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
DePaul Blue Demons vs. Butler Bulldogs Odds Preview
The last time the Blue Demons played, they fell to the Xavier Musketeers, 78-67. DePaul’s Paul Reed had a solid game, contributing 14 points and 16 rebounds. Xavier had a much better free throw rate (0.179 vs. 0.049). DePaul, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 44.1 (above their season average of 30.6).
The Bulldogs are trying to rebound after their 81-59 loss to the No. 15 Creighton Bluejays in their last game. Henry Baddley led Butler in scoring with 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting. Creighton made 15 of their 26 three pointers (57.7 percent). Butler, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 36.8 (above their season average of 28.6).
Butler appears to have the edge on the defensive side of the ball. The Bulldogs currently rank 49th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.463), while DePaul is 192nd in effective field goal percentage (0.496). It will also be a tale of two styles as the quick-paced Blue Demons rank 58th in possessions per game, while the slower-paced Bulldogs rank 347th.
These two teams have already met once this season. The Blue Demons won 79-66. The Blue Demons played a nearly perfect game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.556 and a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 0.600. The Bulldogs were 0.283 and 0.481, respectively, for those same stats. Reed was the game’s leading scorer with 23 points.
DePaul Blue Demons vs. Butler Bulldogs Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Butler, ATS Winner – Butler, O/U – Under
The Bulldogs rank 126th in three pointers allowed per game (21.1) while the Blue Demons rank 244th (24.1).
Butler ranks 155th in assists per game (12.8) while DePaul ranks 212th in assists allowed per game (13.9).
Butler ranks 14th in rebounds allowed per game (30.3) while DePaul ranks 211th (36.5).
The Blue Demons rank 21st in steals per game (8.5) while the Bulldogs rank 217th (5.1).
DePaul ranks 14th in blocks per game (5.2) while Butler ranks 164th (2.6).
The Bulldogs have been outscored by an average of 9.0 points in their last five games. For the season, Butler has defeated opponents by an average of 5.6 points.
During their last five games, the Blue Demons have scored an average of 69.6 points per game (2.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 81.2 points per game (10.3 above their season average).