Looking to win big? The Wildcats and Blue Demons face off at 4:00 ET on FS1. The Blue Demons are hosting the game at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL. The Wildcats are the favored team in this Big East conference contest against the Blue Demons. The game’s over/under currently sits at 135 points.
VILLANOVA WILDCATS VS DEPAUL BLUE DEMONS BETTING PICK
The Pick: DePaul Blue Demons +12
This game will be played at Wintrust Arena at 4:00 ET on Saturday, December 23rd.
WHY BET THE DEPAUL BLUE DEMONS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-68 in favor of the Blue Demons.
- Not only will DePaul pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +12.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 135 points, and we like the over with a projected 142 points.
Can the Wildcats Pull Off a Win at Chicago?
Villanova comes into this game with a record of 8-4, having played 12 games. If they win today, Villanova will even their road record at .500, which is currently 1-2. As of today’s game, Villanova has a 5-5 record against the spread. When playing away, the Wildcats are 1-2 vs. the spread, while at home they are 4-3 ATS.
Villanova’s games have, on average, featured 139.6 points per game leading to an over/under record of 4-5-1. Their average over/under line is currently 138.8 points so far. Over the course of the last five games, the Wildcats’ games have averaged 129 points per game, along with an over/under record of 0-4-1.
In their previous game, the Wildcats’ offense finished with 71 points, which is right in line with their current average of 72.8 points per contest. The Villanova offense has been looking to get up shots from outside so far this season, averaging 29.1 three-point attempts per contest. Overall, they have connected on 32% of their looks from outside this season.
Villanova’s defense has been playing well, ranking 42nd nationally, with 64.0 points allowed per game. Villanova’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Kansas State offense to knock down 49% of their shots on their way to putting up 72 points.
Does DePaul Have What it Takes to Win as Home Underdogs?
As DePaul prepares to face Villanova in their 11th game of the season, they come in with a 2-8 record. In their last ten games at home, which includes games from last year, DePaul has gone 2-8. DePaul is currently sitting below .500 in terms of their ATS performance, holding a 1-7 record. Over their last five games, the team has gone 1-3-1 vs. the spread.
In 10 games, DePaul comes in with an over/under mark of 5-3-0, with their games averaging 150.4 points per game. The Blue Demons have an over/under record of 1-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 132 points per game.
Most recently, the DePaul offense finished with just 64 points vs. Texas A&M. For the game, they hit 8/16 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 54.8%. Chico Carter Jr. is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 14 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Jeremiah Oden brings a PPG average of 13 into the game.
At this time, the Blue Demons’ defense is positioned 215th in the country, permitting 74.9 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, DePaul’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 44.6% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.8% this season.