DePaul vs. Villanova - 2/19/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Villanova Wildcats (19-6) at DePaul Blue Demons (13-12)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Wintrust Arena)
The Line: DePaul Blue Demons +5 -- Over/Under: 141.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 12th ranked Villanova Wildcats will travel to Wintrust Arena to take on the DePaul Blue Demons this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The 12th ranked Villanova Wildcats won their 2nd straight game and improved to 19-6 (8-4 Big East) on the season after defeating the Temple Owls, 76-56, this past Sunday. Villanova led by just a 30-26 margin at halftime, however, dominated the Owls on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and had no trouble pulling away for the victory after taking a 59-45 lead with 6:24 left in regulation. Villanova shot 45.8% from the field and 47.2% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Collin Gillespie who had 29 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Villanova is averaging 73.6 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 9.7 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Villanova has been led by Collin Gillespie (16.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.3 spg), Saddiq Bey (15.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.4 apg), and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (11.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, Villanova is allowing their opponents to average 66.7 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 1.5 and a turnover margin of 1.2.
The DePaul Blue Demons lost their 7th straight game and dropped to 13-12 (1-11 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the 23rd ranked Creighton Bluejays, 93-64, this past Saturday. DePaul had no answers for the high-powered Creighton offense and couldn’t fight back after the Bluejays took a 60-31 lead with 16:10 left in regulation. DePaul allowed Creighton to shoot 57.9% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Blue Demons was Charlie Moore who had 20 points, 1 rebound, and 5 assists.
On the season, DePaul is averaging 72.5 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Blue Demons are averaging 6.0 three-pointers per game on 32.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, DePaul has been led by Charlie Moore (16.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 6.7 apg, 1.7 spg), Paul Reed (15.1 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 1.5 apg, 2.0 spg, 2.7 bpg), and Jalen Coleman-Lands (12.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.2 apg).
Defensively, DePaul is allowing their opponents to average 70.0 ppg on 40.5% shooting from the field. The Blue Demons have a rebound margin of 0.9 and a turnover margin of 1.6.
The Wildcats are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 February games and 4-3-1 ATS in away games on the season. The Blue Demons are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Villanova comes into this game ranked 114th in scoring offense, 175th in FG%, and 106th in scoring defense.
DePaul comes into this match-up ranked 135th in scoring offense, 195th in scoring defense, and 59th in defensive FG%.
It’s been a struggle for DePaul as of late as the Blue Demons have lost 11 of their last 12 games, however, DePaul did give Villanova a run for their money earlier this season in a 79-75 OT loss in mid-January. Villanova is a solid team, however, the Wildcats haven’t been amazing on the road, posting just a 5-3 road record, and as I think the DePaul offense will be able to have some success against Villanova’s 216th ranked defensive FG%, I’m taking the home team and the points in this one. Good Luck!