Big East foes will battle when the DePaul Blue Demons (12-2, 0-1 Big East) go head-to-head against the Providence Friars (8-6, 1-0 Big East) at Wintrust Arena. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 4, 2020.
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In the Friars’ last contest, they defeated the Georgetown Hoyas, 76-60. Alpha Diallo was the game’s leading scorer with 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Providence’s effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over Georgetown. The Friars had a rate of 0.635 (above their season average of 0.468), while the Hoyas posted a mark of 0.430 (below their season average of 0.522).
The Blue Demons are hoping for a better outcome after their 74-66 loss to the Seton Hall Pirates in their last matchup. Paul Reed led DePaul in scoring with 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting. Seton Hall did a fantastic job of converting from the charity stripe (21-30; 70.0 percent). DePaul, on the other hand, held the Pirates to an offensive rebounding percentage of 23.5 (below their season average of 29.2).
DePaul could have their way on the defensive side of the ball as they go head-to-head against one of the worst offenses in the country. The Blue Demons rank 53rd in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.449), while Providence is 273rd in effective field goal percentage (0.478).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after splitting two games last season. In the most recent contest, the Blue Demons won 67-55. The Blue Demons played a nearly perfect game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 41.2 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.439. The Friars were 27.5 and 0.348, respectively, for those same stats.
Providence Friars at DePaul Blue Demons Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Depaul, ATS Winner – Providence, O/U – Under
DePaul ranks 13th in blocks per game (5.8) while Providence ranks 106th in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
The Blue Demons’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.2, down from 10.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Friars have scored an average of 68.0 points per game (4.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 68.8 points per game (3.6 above their season average).