DePaul at Xavier - 3/11/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

DePaul at Xavier - 3/11/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

DePaul Blue Demons (15-16) at Xavier Musketeers (19-12)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 9:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: Xavier Musketeers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 134.5

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The DePaul Blue Demons (15-16, 3-15 CONF) and the Xavier Musketeers (19-12, 8-10 CONF) will meet on Wednesday, March 11th for the 1st Round of the Big East Conference Tournament. The game will be played at a neutral site at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. The game is scheduled for a 9:30 PM ET start time. 

DePaul ended their regular season schedule with a bad, 93-55 loss to Providence on the road. DePaul only won three conference games this season, two of which being in their last five games overall. Xavier lost a close and important game to Butler, 72-71 at home to finish their regular season. Xavier has some work to do, as this game is a must-win for them. 

DePaul scores 70.7 points per game on 43.6 percent field goal shooting this season. DePaul’s leading scorer is G Charlie Moore, who scores 15.5 points per game. The leading rebounder for DePaul is F Paul Reed, who earns 10.6 rebounds per game. DePaul allows 71.2 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a -.5 scoring differential so far this season. DePaul also earns 37.3 rebounds, 13.5 assists, 5.0 blocks, and 8.1 steals per game as a team. 

Xavier scores 70.8 points per game on 43.5 percent field goal shooting this season. Xavier’s leading scorer is F Naji Marshall, who scores 16.9 points per game. The leading rebounder for Xavier is F Tyrique Jones, who earns 11.2 rebounds per game. Xavier allows 67.5 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +3.3 scoring differential so far this season. Xavier also earns 39.0 rebounds, 14.4 assists, 3.6 blocks, and 6.2 steals per game as a team. 

DePaul is 13-17-1 against the spread this season and 3-7 against the spread in their last ten games. DePaul is also 0-0 against the spread in neutral site games so far this season. Xavier is 11-18-2 against the spread this season and 6-4 against the spread in their last ten games. Xavier is also 1-2 against the spread in neutral site games so far this season.

For some reason, the line has not been released for this game yet. I will make my final score prediction and update this article tomorrow morning. I think Xavier will control this game for the majority of it. DePaul has had some very poor showings as of late, and add that to the fact that Xavier just beat them by 11 not too long ago does not look like a recipe for success for the Blue Demons. Xavier wins 77-63. 

UPDATE: Now that the line has been released, my pick will be Xavier -4.5. 

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