The DePaul Blue Demons (13-11, 1-10 Big East) look to put an end to their six-game losing streak when they go head-to-head with the No. 23 Creighton Bluejays (19-6, 8-4 Big East) at CHI Health Center Omaha. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
DePaul Blue Demons at Creighton Bluejays Betting Prediction
The last time the Blue Demons played, they were beaten by the Georgetown Hoyas, 76-72. Converting at the free throw line was one of Georgetown’s largest advantages. They were 18-19 (94.7 percent), while the Blue Demons were 11-15 (73.3 percent). Paul Reed had a solid outing for DePaul, finishing with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
The Bluejays beat the No. 10 Seton Hall Pirates in their last game, 87-82. The Bluejays knocked down 21 of their 25 free throws (84.0 percent) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.524 vs. 0.471). Damien Jefferson was Creighton’s top scorer with 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field.
This is the second game of the season between these two squads. In the first, the Blue Demons lost 83-68. Reed scored a game-high 22 points and also put up 12 rebounds. The Bluejays made 23 of their 31 free throws (74.2 percent) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.566 vs. 0.447).
Based on each team’s statistical profile, ball protection could play a key role in this showdown. Creighton commits the 14th-fewest miscues in the NCAA (turnover percentage of 15.6 percent), while the pesky defense of DePaul forces the 33rd-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 22.9 percent).
DePaul at Creighton Pick
Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – DePaul, O/U – Under
Creighton ranks seventh in steals allowed per game (4.6) while DePaul ranks 194th (7.6).
The Bluejays rank 62nd in three pointers attempted per game (24.8) while the Blue Demons rank 241st (18.6).
DePaul ranks 13th in blocks per game (5.3) while Creighton ranks 187th (2.2).
The Blue Demons average 38.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 59th in the country. The Bluejays rank 231st in rebounds allowed per game (37.2).
Creighton averages 15.2 assists per game, which ranks 34th in the country. DePaul ranks 150th in assists allowed per game (13.0).
The Blue Demons have been outscored by an average of 7.2 points in their last five games. On the season, DePaul has defeated opponents by an average of 3.9 points.
During their last five games, the Bluejays have scored an average of 78.0 points per game (0.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 72.8 points per game (2.9 above their season average).