It will be a battle between Big East opponents when the DePaul Blue Demons (12-1) welcome the Seton Hall Pirates (8-4) to Wintrust Arena. The game starts at 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday, December 30, 2019.
Seton Hall Pirates vs. DePaul Blue Demons Betting Prediction
The Pirates will be hoping for a similar outcome after thoroughly outplaying the Prairie View A&M Panthers in their last matchup, 75-55. The Pirates knocked down 21 of their 29 free throws (72.4 percent), while the Panthers had a turnover percentage of 26.0 (above their season average of 18.5). Seton Hall rallied around Quincy McKnight, who was the game’s high scorer with 25 points on 8-for-16 shooting.
The last time the Blue Demons played, they were victorious over the Northwestern Wildcats, 83-78. The Blue Demons had a superb turnover percentage of 9.0 (better than their season average of 18.5) and held the Wildcats to an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.0 (below their season average of 25.4). Charlie Moore was the game’s top scorer with 25 points on 8-for-17 shooting from the field.
After the Blue Demons won both contests against the Pirates last season, these teams will battle for the first time this year. In the most recent game, DePaul won 97-93. DePaul won the rebounding battle. The Blue Demons had more offensive rebounds (16 vs. six), defensive rebounds (26 vs. 13) and total rebounds (42 vs. 19).
This contest figures to be low-scoring as a pair of the nation’s premier defenses square off. DePaul currently ranks 36th in defensive efficiency (89.4) and Seton Hall is 43rd (90.0).
Seton Hall vs. DePaul Pick
Free Prediction: ATS Winner – Seton Hall, O/U – Under
DePaul averages 38.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 54th in the country. Seton Hall ranks 206th in rebounds allowed per game (37.1).
The Pirates rank 84th in three pointers attempted per game (24.3) while the Blue Demons rank 225th (18.9).
DePaul averages 5.8 blocks per game, which ranks 11th in the NCAA. Seton Hall ranks 124th in blocks allowed per game (4.0).
The Pirates rank 45th in steals per game (8.5) while the Blue Demons rank 156th in steals allowed per game (7.4).
Seton Hall ranks 44th in assists allowed per game (10.8) while DePaul ranks 70th (11.5).
The Pirates’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 0.4, down from 10.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Blue Demons have scored an average of 75.2 points per game (2.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 68.4 points per game (2.9 above their season average).