Last Updated: 2019-04-01
The College Basketball Invitational battle between the South Florida Bulls (22-13) and the DePaul Blue Demons (18-15) will be played at Yuengling Center. South Florida opened as a 1-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 151.5 points. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, April 1, 2019, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
DePaul Blue Demons at South Florida Bulls Free Preview
The Blue Demons were victorious over the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in their last outing, 92-87. Max Strus was the game’s leading scorer with 24 points on 6-for-14 shooting. DePaul dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.393 (above their season average of 0.251) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 39.1 (above their season average of 33.0). Coastal Carolina was 0.162 and 27.0, respectively, for those same stats.
The last time the Bulls took the floor, they beat the Loyola Marymount Lions, 56-47. South Florida rallied around Alexis Yetna, who was the top scorer from either team with 11 points on 5-for-9 shooting. South Florida dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.319 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 (below their season average of 37.7). For those same stats, Loyola Marymount was 0.040 and 21.2, respectively.
The battle on the backboards could prove decisive, pitting strength against strength. The Bulls rank fifth in offensive rebounding percentage (37.6 percent), while DePaul ranks 37th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.3 percent). Furthermore, the Blue Demons rank 57th in offensive efficiency (110.6), while the Bulls rank 31st in defensive efficiency (96.0).
Of DePaul’s 33 games, 20 have finished over the projected point total, while 17 of South Florida’s 34 games have finished under the O/U total. The Bulls come into this game with a clear advantage in both straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 22-13 SU and 20-13-1 ATS, while the Blue Demons are 18-15 SU and 15-17-1 ATS.
DePaul Blue Demons vs. South Florida Bulls ATS Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – South Florida, ATS Winner – South Florida, O/U – Over
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The Blue Demons rank 154th in blocks per game (3.1) while the Bulls rank 223rd in blocks allowed per game (4.3).
South Florida ranks 27th in rebounds per game (38.9) while DePaul ranks 65th (37.6).
South Florida ranks 56th in three pointers allowed per game (20.1) while DePaul ranks 280th (25.5).
The Bulls average 8.2 steals per game, which ranks 20th in the NCAA. The Blue Demons rank 205th in steals allowed per game (6.9).
DePaul averages 14.5 assists per game, which ranks 76th in the country. South Florida ranks 166th in assists allowed per game (13.2).
The Bulls’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.6, down from 5.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Blue Demons have scored an average of 88.2 points per game (9.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 87.0 points per game (10.8 above their season average).