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It’s a matchup of Big East opponents on the floor in the Hoosier State. The DePaul Blue Demons are on the road as they travel to face the Butler Bulldogs Saturday night. DePaul comes in off a 92-73 home loss to #10 Marquette in their last contest Tuesday night. Butler was edged 77-73 in overtime on the road Tuesday night in their previous contest. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 10-5 and have taken the last 10 meetings, including an 87-69 road win in the first meeting this season on January 16.
DePaul Blue Demons Look for Road Conference Win
DePaul had their two-game win streak snapped as they were knocked off at home by #10 Marquette. The Blue Demons enter this one tied for fifth in the Big East standings with a 5-7 mark, leaving them six games behind Villanova for the top spot. DePaul gave up a 16-5 run to close the first half to end up down 12 at intermission. The Blue Demons were unable to draw any closer in the second half of the contest. DePaul shot 38.3 percent from the field, including seven of 13 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 42-31. The Blue Demons were torched as Marquette shot 52.4 percent from the field in the contest. Femi Olujobi led DePaul with 19 points in the loss.
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The Blue Demons are solid on the offensive end of the floor as they put up 75.8 points per game on the year. DePaul pulls down 38.5 rebounds per contest and dishes out 14.4 assists a night this season. The Blue Demons are slightly below average on the defensive end, ranking 215th by allowing 72.9 points per contest. Max Strus leads the team with 17 points plus 6.5 rebounds per contest this year. Femi Olujobi (13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds), Eli Cain (12.3 points, 3.6 assists) and Paul Reed (11.7 points, 8.3 boards) are all scoring in double figures. Jalen Coleman-Lands, Devin Gage and Jaylen Butz each contribute at least 7.2 points a night on the season. Coleman-Lands has been out since December with a broken hand. DePaul shoots 46.1 percent from the floor as a team this season. The Blue Demons knock down 6.3 triples a night while connecting on just 32.5 percent from beyond the arc. DePaul is average when it comes to their free throw chances as they sink 72.9 percent of their opportunities on the year.
Butler Bulldogs Trying to Get On Track
Butler had their two-game win streak snapped as they lost to St. John’s for their fourth loss in six games. The Bulldogs dropped to 5-7 in the Big East, leaving them in a tie for fifth, six games behind Villanova for the top spot. Butler trailed by eight at the half and was down six with 5:42 to play before rallying to force overtime. The Bulldogs scored the first bucket in overtime but after a 5-0 run by St. John’s left them down three, they never got closer than one the rest of the way. Butler shot 41.8 percent from the field, including eight of 33 from beyond the arc, and won the rebounding battle 47-32 while committing 18 turnovers. Kamar Baldwin led the Bulldogs with 16 points in the loss.
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The Bulldogs put up an average of 72.8 points per game on the season. Butler pulls down 33 rebounds per contest and dish out 13.6 assists per contest. The Bulldogs are tied for 117th in scoring defense as they allow 68.9 points per game this season. Kamar Baldwin is leading the team with 17.2 points, five rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest. Paul Jorgensen chips in 11.9 points a night and Joey Brunk chips in 8.1 points a night. Sean McDermott (9.6 points), Nate Fowler, Aaron Thompson and Henry Baddley are solid secondary scoring options. Butler shoots 45.2 percent from the field as a team on the season. The Bulldogs knock down nine triples a night while hitting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc. Butler is capable at the charity stripe as they sink 73.5 percent of their chances this season.
- Bulldogs are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall
- Bulldogs are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big East opponents
- Bulldogs are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- Blue Demons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games
- Blue Demons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss
- Blue Demons are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a double-digit loss at home
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
DePaul has played better basketball in the Big East season than we’ve seen from them in several years as they are tied for fifth in the conference. The Blue Demons hope to get Coleman-Lands back soon, though it’s unclear when he is expected to return. Butler has lost four of their last six coming into this one but they are pretty good at home. The environment at Hinkle Fieldhouse is a hostile one and that gives the Bulldogs the upper hand in this contest. Look for Butler to come up with the win in this contest straight up but this is a tight game so if you’re playing the line, take the Blue Demons and the points.
Prediction: DePaul Blue Demons +6.5
Full-Game Total Pick
DePaul has rung up five conference wins already this season, which is their second-most in the last decade and the third-most Big East wins since joining the conference in 2005-06. The Blue Demons are efficient on the offensive end of the floor, ranking 108th in scoring offense, 98th in field goal percentage and 41st in rebounding. Butler has a big edge in perimeter shooting, especially as they are 99th in three-point percentage while DePaul is 283rd in three-point percentage defense (36 percent) this season. Can the Bulldogs get the win here by knocking down shots from the perimeter?
The under is 5-1 in the Blue Demons’ last 6 Saturday games, 4-1-1 in their last 6 road games, 4-1-1 in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 4-1-1 in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. Butler has seen the under go 4-0 in their last four after an ATS loss, 5-0 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 4-1 in their last five overall. The teams have stayed under the total in six of the last eight meetings: look for this one to follow suit.
Prediction: Under 145