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#633 DePaul 139.5 vs.
#634 Villanova -9.5
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 8:30pm EST
Written by Chris Kubala

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It’s a battle of teams from the Big East Conference in the City of Brotherly Love. The DePaul Blue Demons are on the road as they make the trip to face the #14 Villanova Wildcats Tuesday night. DePaul was defeated 74-67 on the road by St. John’s in their last game Saturday night. Villanova dumped Georgetown 80-66 at home in their last contest on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats own a commanding 28-7 edge in the all-time series between the teams. Villanova has won the last 18 meetings, including an 86-74 road win in the last matchup on January 30, 2019.

DePaul Blue Demons Looking to Recapture Early Season Magic

DePaul started the season 12-1 but three straight losses, all in the conference by a combined 16 points, has taken a little shine off their start. The Blue Demons now hope to get back on track as they are in the cellar of the Big East with a 0-3 mark. DePaul was within three with 1:24 to play in the first half but gave up an 8-0 run to trail by 11 early in the second half. The Blue Demons were unable to get closer than four in the second half as they suffered a tough defeat. DePaul shot 48 percent from the field, including three of 15 from three-point range, in the loss. The Blue Demons were unable to overcome missing 11 of 27 free throws and 19 turnovers. Jaylen Butz led DePaul with 17 points in the loss.

The Blue Demons are solid on the offensive end of the floor as they put up 75.1 points per game on the year, putting them tied for 108th in the nation in scoring offense. DePaul pulls down 39.2 rebounds per contest and dishes out 14.6 assists a night this season. The Blue Demons are above average on the defensive end, ranking 118th by allowing 66.6 points per contest. Charlie Moore leads the team with 15.8 points and 6.8 assists per contest this season. Paul Reed (15.4 points, 11.1 rebounds), Jalen Coleman-Lands (11.4 points) and Jaylen Butz (11 points, 6.2 rebounds) are each averaging in double figures. Romeo Weems, Devin Gage, Darius Hall and Markese Jacobs each put up at least 4.3 points a game for the Blue Demons. DePaul shoots 46.3 percent from the floor as a team this season. The Blue Demons knock down 6.2 triples a night while connecting on just 32.7 percent from beyond the arc. DePaul is struggling when it comes to their free throw chances as they sink 63.9 percent of their opportunities on the year.

Villanova Wildcats Try to Maintain Sorcery Over Blue Demons

Villanova earned their second straight win as they took care of business against Georgetown. The Wildcats improved to 3-1 in conference play, leaving them tied for third, one game behind Seton Hall. Villanova was tied late in the first half but utilized a 12-2 run to take a 10-point lead. The Wildcats didn’t let the Hoyas closer than five the rest of the way en route to the victory. Villanova shot 47.4 percent from the floor, including 15 of 29 from three-point range, and controlled the glass 36-30 in the game. Saddiq Bey poured in 33 points to lead Villanova in the win.

The Wildcats come into this contest 102nd in the nation in scoring offense as they put up an average of 75.5 points per game on the year. Villanova is 162nd in rebounding by pulling down 37.2 boards a night while the team is 55th by dishing out 15.7 assists per contest. The Wildcats are average defensively, ranking 135th in the nation by allowing 67.1 points per game. Saddiq Bey is leading the team in scoring with 15.3 points plus 5.3 rebounds per contest. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl puts up 10.6 points plus 9.5 boards a game while Cole Swider chips in 8.5 points a night. Justin Moore (11.5 points), Collin Gillespie (14.7 points, 4.6 assists) and Jermaine Samuels (10.1 points, 5.1 rebounds) are all big contributors for coach Jay Wright this season. Villanova shoots 45.2 percent from the field as a team on the year. The Wildcats connect on 9.5 three-pointers a night while shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc. Villanova is an excellent free throw shooting team as they connect on 77.4 percent of their attempts on the year.

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DePaul was terrific in non-conference play with their lone defeat a five-point setback at home to Buffalo. The problem for the Blue Demons is that they aren’t facing smaller programs that they could conceivably have an edge on. DePaul has had problems in conference play in recent years and the close but no cigar mentality doesn’t put wins in the books. Villanova is extremely tough but they are perimeter-oriented while running a short rotation. If the threes aren’t falling or they get in foul trouble, it can be a grind for the Wildcats. Playing at home works in Villanova’s favor as they earn the victory here to roll to a conference win.

Prediction: Villanova Wildcats -10.5

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DePaul has been quietly effective on the defensive end of the floor this season. The Blue Demons are 39th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (38.8 percent) and 100th in three-point field goal percentage defense (31 percent) on the year. DePaul has the ability to shoot the ball pretty well (62nd in field goal percentage) and they face a Villanova team that can be susceptible defensively (249th in field goal percentage defense at 43.9 percent) this season. The Wildcats are excellent at the free-throw line, ranking 13th in free throw percentage, so you know the potential for points late with a lead is there. Look for this one to end up just over the number.

Prediction: Over 139
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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.