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Xavier vs DePaul Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 18th Betting Odds

Musketeers vs Blue Demons Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Xavier Musketeers at DePaul Blue Demons
  • Where: Chicago at Wintrust Arena
  • Date: Wednesday, January 18th
  • Betting Odds: Xavier -8.5, XAV -391 | DEPAUL +301 O/U 158.5

Musketeers Preview:

The Xavier Musketeers will be looking to pick up their 19th win of the season and are in the middle of a 11 game win streak. So far, the Musketeers have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 4-1. This season, Xavier has been favored to win in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 13-0. For today’s contest, Xavier has a betting line set -8.5 points in their favor.

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Xavier will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Souley Boum who is averaging 17.61 points per game for the Musketeers. Boum 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 Musketeers’ offensive game plan is the play of Jack Nunge who has hit 53.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.78 points per game.

On offense, Xavier is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.9 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 18 games, they have only hit 32.5% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 35.68% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Blue Demons Preview:

DePaul heads into this matchup having played 18 games and have an overall record sitting at 8-10. Currently, the Blue Demons have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 6-3. So far, the Blue Demons have been the underdog 11 times, going 2-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +8.5 underdogs on the spread.

DePaul will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Javan Johnson who is averaging 15.67 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 38.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.94 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 18 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 +8.5

If you’re considering whether to make a bet against the spread in this matchup, we suggest betting on the DePaul Blue Demons team as +8.5 point underdogs. One obstacle that often hinders teams who are significant underdogs is being matched up against a team that can control the pace of the game. However, both DePaul and Xavier come into today’s game with possession rates that are near the NCAA average. Given that the style of play won’t be a problem for the Blue Demons and they have a 2-1-2 record against the spread in their last 5 games as underdogs, we think they will cover the spread at home.

 


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