Last Updated: 2019-04-05
The College Basketball Invitational contest between the DePaul Blue Demons (19-16) and the South Florida Bulls (23-14) will be played at Wintrust Arena. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, April 5, 2019, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
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These two teams have already met twice this season, each winning once. In the most recent contest, the Bulls lost 100-96 but covered as 4.5-point underdogs. David Collins put up 23 points and six assists. The two teams combined to score 196 points, which was 52 points above the projected point total of 144 points. DePaul had a much better turnover percentage (12.5 vs. 18.9). South Florida, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (38.1 vs. 30.8).
The game should be a battle of strength against strength as the prolific offense of DePaul (57th in the NCAA with an offensive efficiency of 110.5) takes on the elite defense of South Florida (40th in the NCAA with a defensive efficiency of 96.8). Also, the Bulls rank seventh in offensive rebounding percentage (37.3 percent), while the Blue Demons rank 54th in defensive rebounding percentage (74.8 percent).
Of South Florida’s 36 games with betting action, 18 have finished under the projected point total, while 21 of DePaul’s 35 games have finished over the O/U total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Bulls have a clear advantage. They are 23-14 SU and 22-13-1 ATS, while the Blue Demons are 19-16 SU and 15-19-1 ATS.
Both teams have had a player trending in the right direction over their last five games. For the Bulls, it’s been Alexis Yetna, who has averaged 12 points,10.0 rebounds, while the Blue Demons have received solid contributions from Max Strus (25 points,5.6 rebounds).
South Florida Bulls at DePaul Blue Demons Betting Prediction
Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Depaul, ATS Winner – South Florida, O/U – Over
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The Blue Demons rank 79th in assists per game (14.5) while the Bulls rank 169th in assists allowed per game (13.2).
South Florida ranks 25th in rebounds per game (39.0) while DePaul ranks 67th (37.5).
DePaul is 10-12 ATS at home, while South Florida is 10-3-1 ATS on the road.
The Bulls have 8 overs and 6 unders in 14 road games.
Of the Blue Demons’ 22 home games, they have 15 overs and 7 unders.
South Florida ranks 55th in three pointers allowed per game (20.0) while DePaul ranks 283rd (25.6).
The Bulls rank 24th in steals per game (8.1) while the Blue Demons rank 191st in steals allowed per game (6.8).
DePaul ranks 96th in blocks allowed per game (3.1) while South Florida ranks 230th (4.4).
DePaul is 1-4 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under in its last five games.
Over its last five outings, South Florida is 4-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Blue Demons’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.8, up from 2.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bulls have scored an average of 72.6 points per game (2.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 68.8 points per game (3.3 above their season average).