The DePaul Blue Demons (14-13, 2-12 Big East) will attempt to put an end to their six-game road losing streak in a matchup against the Xavier Musketeers (17-10, 6-8 Big East) at Cintas Center. The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
DePaul Blue Demons at Xavier Musketeers ATS Prediction
In the Blue Demons’ last outing, they defeated the Georgetown Hoyas, 74-68. DePaul’s 11.4 turnover percentage was their largest strength over Georgetown, who had a rate of 17.1. The Blue Demons’ mark was better than their season average of 17.6. Paul Reed had a good game for DePaul, contributing 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Musketeers were beaten by the No. 12 Villanova Wildcats in their last game, 64-55. Villanova’s 12.1 turnover percentage was the team’s biggest advantage over Xavier, who had a rate of 17.1. The Wildcats’ mark was better than their season average of 14.1. Xavier’s Tyrique Jones had a solid game, leading the team in scoring with 17 points on 5-for-13 shooting.
This will be the second game of the season between these two squads. Reed led both teams with 18 points in the first matchup, in which the Blue Demons lost 67-59. The Musketeers made 17 of their 24 free throws (70.8 percent) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (36.6 vs. 23.9).
Expect Xavier to own the offensive glass in this matchup. The Musketeers rank 58th in offensive rebounding percentage (32.1 percent), while DePaul ranks 268th in defensive rebounding percentage (70.4 percent).
DePaul Blue Demons at Xavier Musketeers ATS Pick
Pick: ATS Winner – Xavier, O/U – Under
Xavier averages 39.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 19th in the NCAA. DePaul ranks 219th in rebounds allowed per game (37.0).
The Blue Demons rank 19th in steals per game (8.5) while the Musketeers rank 167th (5.7).
Xavier averages 14.4 assists per game, which ranks 64th in the nation. DePaul ranks 191st in assists allowed per game (13.6).
The Blue Demons rank 14th in blocks per game (5.1) while the Musketeers rank 116th in blocks allowed per game (3.3).
Xavier ranks 170th in three pointers allowed per game (21.9) while DePaul ranks 247th (24.1).
The Blue Demons have been outscored by an average of 11.0 points in their last five games. For the season, DePaul has defeated opponents by an average of 1.9 points.
During their last five games, the Musketeers have scored an average of 64.8 points per game (5.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 64.2 points per game (2.8 below their season average).