Big East foes will clash when the DePaul Blue Demons (13-9, 1-8 Big East) challenge the Xavier Musketeers (14-8, 3-6 Big East) at Wintrust Arena. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.
Xavier Musketeers vs. DePaul Blue Demons ATS Preview
The last time the Musketeers played, they were victorious over the No. 10 Seton Hall Pirates, 74-62. With 19 points and 18 rebounds, Tyrique Jones put together a good game for Xavier. The Musketeers, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.1, had a phenomenal mark of 45.2 and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.591 (above their season average of 0.483).
The Blue Demons are hoping for a better outcome after their 76-72 loss to the Marquette Golden Eagles in their last outing. Charlie Moore led DePaul in scoring with 21 points on 8-for-17 shooting. Marquette did an excellent job of converting from the free throw line (29-35; 82.9 percent). DePaul, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 12.8 (better than their season average of 18.0).
The offense of DePaul (195th in the NCAA with an offensive efficiency of 101.8) will clash against the elite defense of Xavier (94th in the country with a defensive efficiency of 95.7). The Musketeers figure to have the advantage on that end of the court. Furthermore, the Musketeers could control the offensive glass in this battle as they rank 57th in the NCAA in offensive rebounding percentage at 32.6 percent. The Blue Demons, meanwhile, rank 256th at securing defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 70.6 percent.
This is the first time these teams will meet this year, after splitting two games last season. In the most recent matchup, the Blue Demons won 74-62. The Blue Demons dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 36.8 and a turnover percentage of 14.6. The Musketeers put up marks of 23.5 and 20.8, respectively, for those same stats.
Xavier Musketeers at DePaul Blue Demons ATS Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – DePaul, ATS Winner – DePaul, O/U – Over
The Blue Demons rank 15th in blocks per game (5.4) while the Musketeers rank 98th in blocks allowed per game (3.2).
Xavier averages 14.4 assists per game, which ranks 75th in the nation. DePaul ranks 138th in assists allowed per game (12.8).
Xavier ranks 29th in rebounds per game (39.8) while DePaul ranks 200th in rebounds allowed per game (36.6).
The Blue Demons rank 24th in steals per game (8.6) while the Musketeers rank 167th (5.9).
Xavier ranks 138th in three pointers allowed per game (21.5) while DePaul ranks 237th (24.3).
The Blue Demons have been outscored by an average of 5.2 points in their last five games. On the season, DePaul has defeated opponents by an average of 4.8 points.
During their last five games, the Musketeers have scored an average of 70.6 points per game (1.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 73.0 points per game (5.4 above their season average).