Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#4789 DePaul vs.
#4790 Georgetown
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 8:30pm EST
Written by The Admiral

(This game has been postponed due to COVID-19 issues on Georgetown)

DePaul Blue Demons (1-4) vs. Georgetown Hoyas (3-8)

It is a battle of two struggling teams in the Big East Conference on Wednesday when the Georgetown Hoyas welcome the DePaul Blue Demons. Georgetown has lost five straight games, including a 74-69 defeat against the Syracuse Orangemen on Saturday. DePaul is not doing much better, losing four straight games after falling to No. 25 Connecticut on Monday, 60-53.

The Blue Demons won the most recent contest between these teams, defeating Georgetown in February, 74-68. However, the Hoyas have won six of the last 10 overall. Georgetown is favored by 2.5-points.

Blue Demons Struggle Against Huskies

DePaul managed just 50 shots, falling to Connecticut, 60-53. That dropped the Blue Demons 20-4 in the Big East. DePaul held a one-point lead with a little over three minutes left in the game, but could not hang on.

Darious Hall led the team with 10 points, the only player to score in double digits. Three different Blue Demons players were tied for the team lead in rebounds with seven.

DePaul is averaging 72.6 ppg while allowing 77.0 per contest. They are shooting 46.5% from the field, including 37.1% from three-point range. They have not been a very good free-throw shooting team, hitting on 66.7% of their attempts.

Javon Freeman-Liberty leads the team in scoring at 14.2 ppg but he had just eight against Connecticut. Romeo Weems is third on the team in scoring at 10.3 points per contest and leads the team in rebounds at 5.8 per game. Oscar Lopez, who was fourth on the team at 10.0 ppg is listed as questionable for this game.

Late Surge Not Enough to End Hoyas Skid

Georgetown battled back from a 13-point deficit at the half, but was unable to complete the comeback, falling to Syracuse, 74-69. The loss was the fifth in a row for Georgetown, dropping them to 1-5 in the conference.

Jamorko Pickett led the team in scoring with 17 and added nine rebounds. Jayvon Blair was second on the team in scoring with 16, and lead with 10 assists.

The Hoyas are averaging 71.5 ppg while allowing 73.7 per contest. They are struggling from the field, hitting 41.9% of their shots, and 35.4% from three-point range. They are 15th in the country in rebounds per game at 39.2 and 52nd in blocks per game at 4.4.

Blair is the leading score adds 18.0 ppg. The leading rebounder is Pickett, averaging 8.7 per game and he is third on the team in scoring at 11.5 per contest. Qudus Wahab is second in scoring at 12.0 per game and second in rebounding at 8.1 per contest.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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There is no denying that both of these teams are struggling. Neither one of them is playing particularly good basketball right now and it may be a result of being out of rhythm. Besides the four-game losing streak, DePaul has had two games postponed as has Georgetown. With each team in a rut and facing some postponements, they may be inside their heads right now.

In a game of struggling teams, you look for the one advantage that a team has over the other, and right now that is the fact that the Hoyas are much better defensively. I like that Georgetown is doing a great job on the glass, outrebounding the Blue Demons by nearly 6 per game. DePaul is having trouble scoring right now, and I think this is where the Hoyas take advantage.

Prediction: Take Georgetown and give up the points -2.5 (-110)

Full-Game Total Pick

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The total is set at 145.5 and I find that number way too high. The Blue Demons have not scored better than 68 in any of their last three games and were basically shut down by Connecticut. Georgetown has not scored over 70 points in any of their last four games, so scoring should be at a premium in this contest. 

It is a bit of a head-scratcher why oddsmakers felt this game could reach that number. Traditionally, Georgetown-DePaul games have gone over that number, but this is not your older brother’s rivalry. This is a battle of struggling teams offensively, so the under is a smart pick. Take Georgetown to win, 70-64.

Prediction: Go over 131.5 (-110)
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