In their final home game of the season, the DePaul Blue Demons (14-15, 2-14 Big East) host the Marquette Golden Eagles (18-10, 8-8 Big East) at Wintrust Arena. The game starts at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
Marquette Golden Eagles at DePaul Blue Demons Betting Prediction
The last time the Golden Eagles played, they were defeated by the No. 13 Seton Hall Pirates, 88-79. Seton Hall’s turnover percentage was their largest strength over Marquette. The Pirates had a rate of 8.3 (better than their season average of 16.9), while the Golden Eagles posted a mark of 10.8. Markus Howard was the game’s high scorer with 37 points on 12-for-20 shooting.
The Blue Demons were blown out by the Butler Bulldogs in their last matchup, 60-42. Butler’s 15.0 turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over DePaul, who had a rate of 22.8. The Bulldogs’ mark was better than their season average of 15.5, while the Blue Demons’ was above their season average of 17.7. With eight points on 4-for-5 shooting, Nick Ongenda was DePaul’s leading scorer.
This is the second game of the season between these two squads. Howard scored a game-high 31 points in the first matchup, in which the Golden Eagles defeated the Blue Demons 76-72. Marquette did a fantastic job of getting to and converting from the free throw line (29-35; 82.9 percent). DePaul, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (12.8 vs. 14.4).
The physical Marquette offense might be getting to the charity stripe a lot in this meeting. The Golden Eagles currently rank 14th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.291, while DePaul ranks 280th in FTA rate allowed (0.262).
Marquette vs. DePaul Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Marquette, O/U – Over
Marquette ranks 32nd in three pointers attempted per game (26.4) while DePaul ranks 264th (18.0).
The Golden Eagles rank 24th in rebounds per game (39.5) while the Blue Demons rank 218th in rebounds allowed per game (36.7).
DePaul ranks 24th in steals per game (8.3) while Marquette ranks 215th (5.1).
The Golden Eagles rank 38th in blocks per game (4.4) while the Blue Demons rank 154th in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
Marquette averages 13.6 assists per game, which ranks 107th in the NCAA. DePaul ranks 206th in assists allowed per game (14.0).
The Golden Eagles have been outscored by an average of 1.8 points in their last five games. For the season, Marquette has defeated opponents by an average of 6.7 points.
During their last five games, the Blue Demons have scored an average of 63.6 points per game (7.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 78.0 points per game (7.4 above their season average).