Check out our free Villanova vs DePaul pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Chicago. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Villanova vs DePaul Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 10th Betting Odds
Wildcats vs Blue Demons Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Villanova Wildcats at DePaul Blue Demons
- Where: Chicago at Wintrust Arena
- Date: Tuesday, January 10th
- Betting Odds: Villanova -6, VILL -272 | DEPAUL +217 O/U 142.5
The Villanova Wildcats head into today’s game in what will be their 17th game of the season, posting a record of 8-8. So far, the Wildcats have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 3-4. This season, Villanova has been favored to win in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 8-6. For today’s contest, Villanova has a betting line set -6 points in their favor.
Villanova will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Caleb Daniels who is averaging 16.69 points per game for the Wildcats. Daniels is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Wildcats’ offensive game plan is the play of Eric Dixon who has hit 49.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.81 points per game.
Coming into today’s game, Villanova will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Wildcats are ranked 158th at 72.6 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 662nd ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Villanova is close to the NCAA average at 35.9%.
Blue Demons Preview:
The DePaul Blue Demons head into today’s game in what will be their 17th game of the season, posting a record of 7-9. So far this season, DePaul has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-2. For the season, DePaul has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 1-8. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Blue Demons being +6 point underdogs.
DePaul will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Javan Johnson who is averaging 15.88 points per game for the Blue Demons. Johnson is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Blue Demons’ offensive game plan is the play of Umoja Gibson who has hit 39.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.5 points per game.
On offense, DePaul is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.3 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 16 games, they have only hit 31.8% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 34.31% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: DePaul Blue Demons +6
After boiling down all the statistics and trends, it is clear why the oddsmakers have placed the Villanova Wildcats as the favorites to win. Not only do the DePaul Blue Demons have a mediocre record vs the spread at home of late 4-5-1, but Villanova also has the statistical edge in 3-pointers made per game and overall field goal percentage. Yet, our model shows that the current odds of -6 in favor of the Wildcats is too high and there is good value on grabbing DePaul vs the spread. While most bettors will likely be piling on the Villanova Wildcats as the favorite, we full good about taking the oppsite side and grabbing DePaul taking the points.