DePaul Blue Demons vs Xavier Musketeers College Football Betting Odds and Free Sports Predictions


DePaul Blue Demons
DePaul Blue Demons
7-6 (1-1 V)
2:00 pm ET, Saturday, December 30, 2017
Cintas Center, Cincinnati
Xavier Musketeers
Xavier Musketeers
13-1 (9-0 H)
Fox Sports 1
 
DePaul Blue Demons vs Xavier Musketeers College Football Betting Odds and Free Sports Predictions

On the surface, everything appears rosy for sixth-ranked Xavier, which is off to one of the best starts in school history.

The Musketeers are 13-1 and have won eight straight games, including this past week at Northern Iowa and Marquette. The 13 wins equal Xavier's most through 14 games.

But, head coach Chris Mack always is looking for areas to improve. The Musketeers are prone to defensive lapses and they go through spells where they don't take care of the ball. In Wednesday's 91-87 win over Marquette, Xavier was bested on the offensive boards 12-9, and outscored 18-7 on second-chance points

In the physical Big East Conference, the Musketeers can't be timid when it comes to crashing the boards, particularly on the offensive end.

Xavier (13-1, 1-0 Big East) ranks second in the conference in rebounding margin, but is second from the bottom in offensive rebounding. It's something the Musketeers can begin to focus on Saturday when they host DePaul (7-6, 0-1) at Cintas Center

"We're not as good of a rebounding team as, maybe, we've been over the last two or three years," said Mack. "but it doesn't mean we can't be."

Mack gets the benefit of the doubt. His teams typically are much improved by March and this group of Musketeers already owns wins over Baylor, Cincinnati, and Wisconsin on its resume. As of Thursday, Xavier was No. 2 in the RPI behind Duke, with a schedule strength that was ranked 11th.

After a smattering of injuries around the holidays, Xavier entered Big East play with a healthy roster.

Trevon Bluiett is firing on all cylinders, now averaging 20 points to lead the team. He had 23 in the win over Marquette. But, the most impressive recent stretch of any Musketeers player has been that of graduate transfer Kerem Kanter, who, after a slow start to his Xavier career, has scored in double figures in four of the past seven games.

The Musketeers lead the all-time series 11-9, including six straight wins and victories in nine of the last 10 meetings. Xavier defeated DePaul three times last season, including 79-65 in the regular-season finale in Chicago, and 75-64 in the next game for both teams at the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. DePaul hasn't beaten Xavier since a 71-68 win at home on Jan. 3, 2015.

DePaul began Big East play this week with a loss to top-ranked Villanova. Max Strus leads the Blue Demons at 17.5 points per game, one of four players averaging in double figures. The issue for DePaul on Saturday might be depth, with six players averaging more than 24 minutes and no other player averaging more than 15.

DePaul averages 74.9 points while Xavier drops in more than 87.

 

DePaul Blue Demons vs Xavier Musketeers VDB Sport Betting Odds and Predictions

DePaul Blue Demons vs Xavier Musketeers Betting Odds

  Spread MoneyLine Total
DePaul Blue Demons +14 (-110) +800 156 (-110)o
Xavier Musketeers -14 (-110) -1700 156 (-110)u

Vegas Daily Betting Free Prediction: Xavier 89, DePaul 76

 


 

DePaul Blue Demons vs Xavier Musketeers VDB Sport Betting Matchup Report

 

Team Records

DePaul Blue Demons

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 7-6 6-5 1-1 7-5-1 6-4-1 1-1 74.92 70.54 4.38
Last 10 6-4 5-4 1-0 6-3-1 5-3-1 1-0 76.20 70.60 5.60
vs Conf 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 85.00 103.00 -18.00

Xavier Musketeers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 13-1 10-0 3-1 11-3 8-2 3-1 87.21 71.07 16.14
Last 10 9-1 7-0 2-1 7-3 5-2 2-1 84.30 74.10 10.20
vs Conf 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 91.00 87.00 4.00

Betting Odds Trends

DePaul Blue Demons

DePaul is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
DePaul is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
DePaul is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games
DePaul is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
DePaul is 2-19 SU in its last 21 games on the road
DePaul is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Xavier
DePaul is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Xavier
DePaul is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Xavier

Xavier Musketeers

Xavier is 18-4 ATS in its last 22 games
Xavier is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Xavier's last 7 games
Xavier is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games at home
Xavier is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Xavier is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing DePaul
Xavier is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing DePaul
Xavier is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against DePaul

Injuries

DePaul Blue Demons

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Devin Gage G out for season - Achilles - 12/12/17 Gage is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Xavier Musketeers

Player   Status/Updated Notes
No injuries to report.

Recent Meetings

Date Home Away Line ATS
3/8/17 XAV 75 DEP 64 -7.5/141.5 XAV/U
3/4/17 DEP 65 XAV 79 5/144.5 XAV/U
2/8/17 XAV 72 DEP 61 -14.5/143 DEP/U
1/30/16 DEP 65 XAV 86 10/147.5 XAV/O
1/12/16 XAV 84 DEP 64 -17.5/148.5 XAV/U
1/24/15 XAV 89 DEP 76 -12/148.5 XAV/O
1/3/15 DEP 71 XAV 68 10.5/152.5 DEP/U
2/19/14 XAV 83 DEP 64 -13.5/145 XAV/O
1/20/14 DEP 74 XAV 84 5.5/142.5 XAV/O
12/27/97 XAV 73 DEP 56 -25/- DEP/-

DePaul: Last 10 Games

Date vs Score Line ATS DEP FG Opp FG Reb
12/27/17 VILL 85-103 (L) 15/145 LO 29/71 38/70 47-30
12/21/17 M-OH 83-66 (W) -13/137.5 WO 30/62 23/55 27-33
12/16/17 NW 60-62 (L) 5.5/138.5 WU 22/53 24/60 33-34
12/11/17 AAMU 83-59 (W) -24.5/143 LU 31/58 21/59 33-30
12/9/17 @UIC 65-55 (W) -4.5/146 WU 25/60 15/49 33-34
12/6/17 CCSU 85-57 (W) -11/139 WO 34/69 22/59 43-25
12/2/17 YSU 89-73 (W) -16.5/150.5 LO 34/59 26/60 30-27
11/26/17 PORT (N) 82-69 (W) -9.5/145 WO 32/70 24/53 38-26
11/24/17 ORE (N) 79-89 (L) (OT) 12/147 WO 28/66 28/62 29-35
11/23/17 MSU (N) 51-73 (L) 13/148 LU 13/51 25/53 22-37

Xavier: Last 10 Games

Date vs Score Line ATS XAV FG Opp FG Reb
12/27/17 @MARQ 91-87 (W) -3/162 WO 31/61 32/69 33-33
12/22/17 @UNI 77-67 (W) -6/138.5 WO 25/48 23/57 33-26
12/19/17 MRSH 81-77 (W) -19.5/176 LU 27/59 27/69 44-29
12/16/17 ETSU 68-66 (W) -21.5/156.5 LU 25/66 25/67 43-35
12/9/17 COLO 96-69 (W) -17/155 WO 35/58 25/65 33-28
12/6/17 KENT 96-70 (W) -24/156 WO 33/62 24/59 34-25
12/2/17 CIN 89-76 (W) -3/147 WO 27/57 29/69 37-26
11/28/17 BAY 76-63 (W) -4.5/146 WU 25/56 24/56 36-27
11/24/17 @ASU (N) 86-102 (L) -6.5/165.5 LO 30/54 33/59 25-26
11/23/17 @GW (N) 83-64 (W) -18/149 WU 33/57 23/57 35-26

 

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