Xavier vs. DePaul - 2/25/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Xavier vs. DePaul - 2/25/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

DePaul Blue Demons (14-13) at Xavier Musketeers (17-10)

College Basketball: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Cintas Center)

The Line: Xavier Musketeers -7 -- Over/Under: 135 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The DePaul Blue Demons (14-13, 2-12 CONF) and the Xavier Musketeers (17-10, 6-8 CONF) will meet on Tuesday, February 24th for a Big East matchup at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time. 

DePaul is coming off a 74-68 home win over Georgetown in their last game. That win snapped an eight-game losing streak for DePaul, who is currently ten games under .500 in conference play. Xavier is coming off a 64-55 home loss to Villanova in their last game. Xavier really could have used a big-time road win for their NCAA tournament hopes, which have gotten really tight as of late. Xavier will need to win this game by a good margin in order to keep their tournament hopes alive and well. 

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DePaul scores 72.5 points per game on 44.6 percent field goal shooting this season. DePaul’s leading scorer is G Charlie Moore, who scores 15.9 points per game. The leading rebounder is F Paul Reed, who earns 10.4 rebounds per game. DePaul allows 70.7 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +1.8 scoring differential so far this season. DePaul also earns 37.4 rebounds, 14.2 assists, 5.1 blocks, and 8.5 steals per game as a team. 

Xavier scores 70.6 points per game on 43.1 percent field goal shooting this season. Xavier’s leading scorer is F Naji Marshall, who scores 16.1 points per game. The leading rebounder is F Tyrique Jones, who earns 11.4 rebounds per game. Xavier allows 67.0 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a -3.6 point differential so far this season. Xavier also earns 39.9 rebounds, 14.4 assists, 3.6 blocks, and 5.7 steals per game as a team. 

DePaul is 12-14-1 against the spread this season and 4-6 against the spread in their last ten games. DePaul is 6-4 against the spread on the road so far this season. Xavier is 10-15-2 against the spread this season and 6-4 against the spread in their last ten games. Xavier is also 4-9-2 against the spread at home so far this season. 

I like Xavier to win a "must-win" game in front of their home supporters. Xavier has a lot more to play for, therefore they will not take DePaul for granted, and they will keep their foot on the gas peddle for the entire game. I will lay the seven points with the Musketeers of Xavier. 

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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