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#625 Butler -4 vs.
#626 DePaul 129.5
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 1:00pm EST
Written by Blake V.

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Butler will be looking to bounce back from a loss to No. 18 Seton Hall when the Bulldogs travel to DePaul on Saturday afternoon. The No. 5 Bulldogs had their six-game winning streak snapped by the Pirates on Wednesday night. DePaul has a 12-5 record, but it has lost each of its last four games.

Butler looking to bounce back from disappointing loss

Butler cracked the top five in the polls on the heels of a six-game winning streak that included victories against Southern, Purdue, Louisiana Monroe, St. John’s, Creighton and Providence. The streak was snapped in a 78-70 home loss to No. 18 Seton Hall on Wednesday night. It was not the first half that did the Bulldogs in, though. They jumped out to a 40-30 lead at halftime and were in control of the game. The second half was a completely different story, as Seton Hall outscore the Bulldogs 48-30 and left with an eight-point win. Butler is now sitting at 15-2 on the season.

The Bulldogs are led by senior guard Kamar Baldwin, who is scoring 15.1 points per game and is dishing out 3.0 assists per game. Baldwin is one of three threats from the perimeter, making 27 of 76 from downtown. Senior forward Sean McDermott is scoring 11.6 points per game and is grabbing 5.4 rebounds per game. McDermott has been the best 3-point shooter on the team, making 36 of 86 from beyond the arc for a 41.9 percent clip. Junior forward Bryce Nze leads Butler in rebounding with 7.0 boards per game to go along with 9.6 points per game. Junior forward Jordan Tucker is scoring 9.4 points per game and has made 30 of 76 from beyond the 3-point line.

Blue Demons on four-game losing skid

DePaul got off to a hot start this season, only dropping one game during non-conference play. It has been a different story once the Big East portion of the Blue Demons’ schedule started, as they have now lost four games in a row to drop to 12-5 on the year. Those losses have come to Seton Hall, Providence, St. John’s and Villanova. All four losses have been by single digits. It was a roller-coaster loss to the Wildcats on Tuesday night, as DePaul jumped out to an early 13-point lead. Villanova stormed back and led by 11 points with just over two minutes to play. The Blue Demons rallied to force overtime, but Villanova picked up the win in overtime.

The Blue Demons are led by junior guard Charlie Moore, who is scoring 16.5 points per game and is dishing out a team-high 6.7 assists per game. He has been one of the best outside shooters on the team, making 32 of 93 from beyond the arc. Junior forward Paul Reed is a force to be reckoned with, averaging a double-double. He is pouring in 15.5 points per game and is grabbing 11.4 rebounds per game. Junior forward Jaylen Butz is scoring 11.3 points per game and is adding 6.2 rebounds per contest. Senior guard Jalen Coleman-Lands is the final player in double figures, scoring 11.2 points per game.

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Butler got its wake-up call in the loss to Seton Hall. The Bulldogs are going to get the opponent’s best shot every night. DePaul does not have the athletes to match-up with the Bulldogs for 40 minutes. Butler is on a tear, covering at a 7-3 clip in its last 10 games. The Bulldogs have also won their last 10 games against the Blue Demons. DePaul is just 1-4-1 ATS in its last six games and 1-4 straight-up in its last five. Reed is going to meet his match when he faces McDermott and Baldwin is going to be too much for DePaul’s guards to handle.

Prediction: Butler -4

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This game has under written all over it. Butler has seen 11 of its 17 games go under the total this season. The Bulldogs play at an extremely slow pace, ranking No. 327 in KenPom’s adjusted tempo ratings. They are also an excellent defensive team, coming in at No. 9 in adjusted defensive efficiency. DePaul plays at a faster pace, but the Blue Demons earn their wins on the defensive end of the floor. They rank No. 103 in adjusted offense and are No. 48 in defense. I like Saturday’s game to go under the total.

Prediction: Under 129.5
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Written By Blake V.

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.