Depaul Blue Demons (8-4) vs Villanova Wildcats (9-4)Date : 01/02/2019
Time : 8:30 pm EST
Location : The Pavilion, Villanova, Pennsylvania,
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Depaul Blue Demons vs Villanova Wildcats
The DePaul Blue Demons will travel to The Pavilion in Villanova, Pennsylvania, in which to battle the Villanova Wildcats on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Wildcats were able to atone for a two-game losing streak, to where they lost both outings by a total of 6 points, in which to rebound versus the UConn Huskies in their last outing as they broke open a 30 all halftime tie in which to outscore the Huskies 51 – 28 in the second half en route to the much-needed victory, there 7th in 9 games, overall.
On the other hand, DePaul lost their second straight game as they were outmatch vs an Xavier Musketeers team in their last outing as DePaul shot only 40% from the floor while connecting on just three 3-pointers on the night. On the other hand, their defense allowed Xavier to shoot 46% from the floor while nailing 12 three-pointers in the meantime en route to the victory.
Depaul Blue Demons's Latest Performance :
DePaul certainly had a rough night shooting versus the Xavier Musketeers as they finished at 40% for the night while connecting on 3 or 14 three-point attempts, as stated. Paul Reed, however, went 5-9 from the floor while ending with 19 points along with nine rebounds for the Blue Demons in the deflating loss. On the other hand, Jaylen Butz went 5-6 from the floor while pumping in 16 points off the bench along with pulling down seven rebounds.
As stated, DePaul has certainly hit an offensive lull in their past couple outings as they are averaging only a tad over 63 points per game. This certainly comes as a surprise being that in their prior three outings, the Blue Demons had scored at least 80 points per outing. Nonetheless, they will be looking to come out of their funk against a Villanova team that has not been as potent as in recent years on the defensive end of the floor, yet, remains as one of the more solid teams within the nation in allowing teams to shoot only at a 43% clip on a nightly basis.
Villanova Wildcats 's Latest Performance :
Villanova was able to regain their form in their last outing versus the UConn Huskies as they picked up a quality victory while allowing Connecticut to shoot only 40% on the night while connecting on only 7 of 18 3-point attempts. Christian Vital along with Alterique Gilbert led the team with 18 and 14 points, respectively, as they each combined to go 6-10 from three-point range. Nonetheless, these players were the only two double-digit scores for the Huskies in the game as Connecticut was heavily outrebounded by a 35 – 21 margin while the Wildcats also got to the free-throw line 24 times compared to only 12 for UConn.
Eric Paschall had 21 points, five rebounds, along with four assists while Phil Booth finished with 18 points along with seven rebounds and eight assists for a Villanova team that committed 17 turnovers on the night. Nonetheless, Villanova will look to move forward after a rough patch of play while also increasing momentum from their second straight victory over a DePaul Blue Demons team that has suddenly hit a low on the offensive end recently as they are only averaging only 65 points in their last two outings, overall.
How Depaul Blue Demons & Villanova Wildcats Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
DePaul is 5 – 6-1 against the spread while the OU is 7 – 5
Villanova is 8 – 5 against the spread while the OU is 2 – 9
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an interesting matchup as the Villanova Wildcats will be looking to continue righting the ship after a rough stretch of outings versus Penn along with Kansas. On the other hand, look for the Blue Demons to also get things right as they look to halt a losing streak of their own to which their offense has been atrocious. One can certainly expect the Blue Demons to push the ball early and often in this matchup as they will certainly not want Villanova to get set on the defensive end of the floor.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Villanova Wildcats
My reason for the pick :
Look for Villanova to own to Blue Demons in this contest as they will certainly take advantage of the fact that the offense for DePaul is truly struggling at this point in the season. On the other hand, also look for Villanova to have success on the offensive end of the floor as well as they are coming off of a super performance versus a UConn team that simply could not compete with them on the offensive end of the floor in their last time out. In all, expect the Wildcats to pull away in the first half of this contest while cruising to victory in the end.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the over in this matchup as the Blue Demons have allowed opponents to average 85 points per game in their last two road outings, overall. With that being the case, I look for Villanova to have a carry-over effect from their hot shooting night versus the Huskies in which to put some points on the board early and often throughout this contest on Wednesday night.
Betting trends for Depaul Blue Demons:
- The Blue Demons are 2-6-1 against the spread in their last nine games
- The over is 4-2 in Blue Demons last six games
Betting trends for Villanova Wildcats :
- The Wildcats are 4-1 against the spread in their last five outings
- The under is 3-1-1 in Wildcats last five outings