It will be a battle between Big East opponents when the DePaul Blue Demons (13-5, 1-4 Big East) welcome the Creighton Bluejays (14-5, 3-3 Big East) to Wintrust Arena. The game starts at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, and will air on CBS Sports Network.
Creighton Bluejays at DePaul Blue Demons Betting Prediction
The Bluejays come in on a high note after topping the Providence Friars in their last outing, 78-74. The Bluejays made 20 of their 25 free throws (80.0 percent) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 53.6 (above their season average of 22.8). With 24 points on 8-for-10 shooting, Ty-Shon Alexander led Creighton in scoring.
In the Blue Demons’ last game, they beat the No. 5 Butler Bulldogs, 79-66. The Blue Demons knocked down 25 of their 32 free throws (78.1 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.600 (above their season average of 0.515). Paul Reed was the game’s leading scorer with 23 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the field.
DePaul may have trouble getting to the charity stripe in this matchup. The Blue Demons rank 162nd in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.229, while Creighton ranks 27th in FTA rate allowed (0.161). Also, the Bluejays rank 38th in effective field goal percentage (0.538), while the Blue Demons rank 55th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.456).
After the Bluejays won both matchups against the Blue Demons last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the last matchup, Creighton won 91-78. The Bluejays had a much better free throw rate (0.380 vs. 0.230) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.720 vs. 0.525).
Creighton Bluejays vs. DePaul Blue Demons Betting Pick
Basketball Prediction: ATS Winner – Creighton, O/U – Over
Creighton ranks 16th in steals allowed per game (4.8) while DePaul ranks 179th (7.7).
The Blue Demons rank 11th in blocks per game (5.9) while the Bluejays rank 172nd (2.2).
Creighton ranks 75th in three pointers attempted per game (24.6) while DePaul ranks 235th (18.8).
The Blue Demons average 38.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 64th in the NCAA. The Bluejays rank 204th in rebounds allowed per game (36.6).
Creighton ranks 64th in assists per game (14.6) while DePaul ranks 124th in assists allowed per game (12.6).
The Bluejays have been outscored by an average of 1.2 points in their last five games. For the season, Creighton has defeated opponents by an average of 8.1 points.
During their last five games, the Blue Demons have scored an average of 70.4 points per game (4.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 71.8 points per game (4.5 above their season average).