It’s a Big East battle coming to you live from the Windy City. The Providence Friars are on the road as they travel to face the DePaul Blue Demons Friday night. Providence snapped a two game skid by upsetting #5 Xavier 81-72 at home Saturday. DePaul broke a three game slide of their own as they took down St. John’s 91-74 on the road Saturday. The Friars hold a 28-10 advantage in the all-time series, including a 73-64 home win in the last matchup on February 28, 2017.
Line: Providence -2
Providence Friars Look for Road Win in Conference Play
Providence had dropped two in a row but came up with a big upset win over #5 Xavier at home their last time out. The Friars look to pick up a road win in conference play here: they come in 11-6 overall and 2-2 in Big East action. Providence took an eight point lead at the half and didn’t trail the rest of the way as Xavier drew no closer than two in the second half. The Friars shot 46.4 percent from the floor, including nine of 22 from three point range, and took care of business at the line. Providence knocked down 20 of 22 free throws in the game to help offset a 44-28 rebounding disadvantage. Kyron Cartwright had 19 points, nine assists and four steals to lead the Friars.
The Friars are above average on the offensive end of the floor as they are 116th in the nation with 77.2 points per game. Providence is 191st in rebounding with 35.8 boards a night and tied for 102nd in assists with 15.1 per game. The Friars are average on the defensive end, ranking 194th in the nation in scoring defense by allowing 72.6 points per game. Providence is shooting 46.7 percent from the floor as a team this season. The Friars are connecting on 7.2 threes per game while shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc. Providence is struggling at the charity stripe as they cash in just 68.7 percent of their chances. Rodney Bullock leads the team with 16.9 points plus 6.7 rebounds per contest. Alpha Diallo (11.1 points, 5.5 boards) is one of two other players scoring in double figures for the Friars. Jalen Lindsey, Kyron Cartwright (10.9 points, 6.3 assists), Nate Watson, Makai Ashton-Langford, Maliek White, Isaiah Jackson and Kalif Young each score at least five points a game for Providence.
DePaul Blue Demons Try to Climb Above .500
DePaul got back in the win column by downing St. John’s to return to .500 on the season. The Blue Demons are 8-8 overall and 1-3 in the Big East coming into this one so they look to climb above .500 overall with a win here. DePaul took the lead with 12 minutes to play in the first half and never trailed again. The Blue Demons led by four at the half and pulled away in the second half for the victory. DePaul shot 49.2 percent from the field and knocked down nine of 19 three point attempts in the contest. The Blue Demons sank 22 of 29 free throw attempts and won the rebounding battle 46-30. Marin Maric led DePaul with 25 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
The Blue Demons are a slightly above average offensive unit as they come into this one 142nd in the nation with 76.1 points per game. DePaul is 103rd in the nation in rebounding with 37.8 boards per contest and tied for 99th with 15.2 assists per game. The Blue Demons are average defensively as they come in 184th in scoring defense by allowing 72.4 points a night. DePaul shoots 43.6 percent from the floor as a team this season. The Blue Demons knock down 6.8 triples a night while connecting on just 32.7 percent from beyond the arc. DePaul is average when it comes to their free throw chances as they sink 72.7 percent of their opportunities on the year. Max Strus leads the team with 18.8 points plus five rebounds per contest. Eli Cain is contributing 11.3 points plus 4.1 rebounds while Marin Maric chips in 13.6 points along with 6.1 rebounds a night. Tre’Darius McCallum (11.8 points, 6.3 boards) is also scoring in double figures. Devin Gage, Justin Roberts, Jaylen Butz and Brandon Cyrus each add at least four points a night for the Blue Demons this season.
- Friars are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 vs. Big East
- Blue Demons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games
DePaul put together a solid road showing as they took down St. John’s their last time out. The Blue Demons will have a tough time as they take on a Providence team that has several experienced players and solid contributors. DePaul has the edge at the charity stripe and they have put some depth together with the addition of Maric as a transfer. Still, Providence is coming off a win over a ranked Xavier team which beat DePaul already this season. Look for the Friars to escape with a close victory in this contest.