Providence vs. DePaul - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Providence vs. DePaul - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

DePaul Blue Demons (15-15) at Providence Friars (18-12)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Dunkin' Donuts Center)

The Line: Providence Friars -9.5 -- Over/Under: 138 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The DePaul Blue Demons (15-15, 3-14 Big East) travel to Providence, RI to take on the Providence Friars (18-12, 11-6 Big East) in a Big East showdown at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The last time these two teams played on January 4, Providence beat DePaul 66-65 as a 1-point road underdog.

DePaul is 2-8 straight up and 4-6 against the spread in their last 10 games. DePaul is 0-8 straight up and 3-5 against the spread in conference road games this season. On the road, DePaul has scored 68.9 points per game and allowed 73.2 points per game to opponents, and the Blue Demons have shot 45% from the field, 33.5% from 3 and 64.3% from the free-throw line in those games.

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DePaul has gone 2-2 in its last 4 games, and the Blue Demons won their last game over Marquette 69-68 as a 5 ½-point home underdog. DePaul is ranked 88th by KenPom, with the 167th ranked offense and 52nd ranked defense in the country. DePaul is led by Junior guard Charlie Moore, who averages 15.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 6 assists per game, and Junior forward Paul Reed, who averages 14.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

Providence is 7-3 both straight up and against the spread. Providence is 6-2 straight up and 5-3 against the spread in conference home games this year. At home, Providence has scored 75.6 points per game and surrendered 62 points per game to opponents, and the Friars have shot 42.9% from the field, 36.7% from 3 and 70% from the free-throw line in those games.

Providence has won their last 5 games, and the Friars won their last game 80-74 versus Xavier as a 4-point home favorite. Providence is ranked 47th by KenPom, with the 85th ranked offense and 34th ranked defense in the nation. Providence is led by Junior forward Naji Marshall, who averages 16.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists, and Senior forward Tyrique Jones, who averages 13.7 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.

Providence is 6-4 straight up and 4-6 against the spread in their last 10 games versus DePaul, and the under is 6-4 during that stretch. The under is 6-4 in the last 10 games for both Providence and DePaul.

DePaul got a nice win over Marquette on their Senior Night, and I think the Blue Demons will be satisfied with that. Providence has been on a roll lately and looks like a team nobody wants to play in the NCAA Tournament, and they’re not losing to DePaul on Saturday. Give me the Friars.

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Erik’s Pick Providence -9.5

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