The No. 10 seed DePaul Blue Demons (10-22, 3-17 Big East) play in the Big East Tournament against the No. 2 seed Xavier Musketeers (23-8, 15-5 Big East) on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, starting at 7:00 PM.
Thursday’s matchup between the Musketeers and the Blue Demons features the Musketeers as double-digit 12.5-point favorites. A 152-point total has been set for the game.
Xavier vs. DePaul Odds
Point Spread for Xavier vs. DePaul
The spread for this matchup is set at 12.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Xavier as the favorite.
Xavier vs. DePaul Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Xavier has -850 odds to pick up the win, while DePaul is listed at +575 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 152 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Thursday, March 9, 2023
- Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: Fox Sports 1
- Location: New York City, New York
- Arena: Madison Square Garden
Xavier vs. DePaul Betting Trends
Xavier has 17 wins against the spread in 31 games this year. The Musketeers have been favorites in 22 games this season and have come away with the win 19 times (86.4%) in those contests. Xavier’s games this year have hit the over 20 times in 32 opportunities (62.5%).
In DePaul’s 32 games this season, it has 12 wins against the spread. The Blue Demons have compiled a 4-19 record in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 17.4% of those games). DePaul’s games this year have hit the over on 15 of 32 set point totals (46.9%).
Xavier vs. DePaul Key Players to Watch
Colby Jones posts a team-leading 4.6 assists per contest. He is also averaging 15.3 points and 5.3 rebounds, shooting 52.6% from the floor and 40.2% from beyond the arc with 1.4 made 3-pointers per contest. Souley Boum leads his team in both points (16.8) and assists (4.5) per game, and also puts up 4.2 rebounds. Defensively, he puts up 1.1 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.
Zach Freemantle leads the Musketeers at 8.1 rebounds per contest, while also averaging 2.9 assists and 15.2 points.
Javan Johnson is putting up 14.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest, making 42.6% of his shots from the floor and 41.5% from 3-point range, with 2.5 triples per game. Eral Penn is the Blue Demons’ top rebounder (6.8 per game), and he posts 8.5 points and 0.7 assists. The Blue Demons receive 10 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game from Da’Sean Nelson.
What you need to know about the Xavier Musketeers
Xavier has compiled a 12-8-0 conference record against the spread this season. The Musketeers are ceding 74.5 points per game this year (303rd-ranked in college basketball), but they’ve really shined on offense, posting 82.1 points per contest (10th-best). Xavier is grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game (37th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while allowing 29.1 rebounds per contest (61st-ranked).
Xavier ranks fifth-best in the nation with a three-point shooting percentage of 39.8%. It ranks 157th in college basketball by making 7.6 threes per contest. The Musketeers are 217th in the nation with 7.5 treys allowed per game this year. Meanwhile, they rank 311th with a 36.1% shooting percentage allowed from three-point land.
The Musketeers are 5-5 against the spread and 6-4 overall in their past 10 games. Five of Xavier’s past 10 contests have gone over the total. In its last 10 games, Xavier has been putting up 78.2 points per game, an average that’s a little lower than the 82.1 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. Xavier’s defense has been tougher lately, as the team has allowed 72.3 points per game during its past 10 compared to the 74.5 points per game its opponents average this season.
What you need to know about the DePaul Blue Demons
So far this season, nine out of DePaul’s 21 Big East games with an over/under have gone over the point total. In 2022-23, the Blue Demons are 195th in the nation offensively (70.8 points scored per game) and 17th-worst on defense (76.9 points allowed). DePaul is 301st in the country in rebounds per game (29.4) and worst in rebounds allowed (35.8).
In 2022-23, DePaul is 74th in the country in 3-point makes (8.3 per game) and 61st in 3-point percentage (36.5%). The Blue Demons are 195th in college basketball in 3-pointers allowed (7.3 per game) and 246th in 3-point percentage defensively (34.7%).
The Blue Demons are 3-7 against the spread and 1-9 overall in their last 10 contests. Five of DePaul’s last 10 contests have gone over the total. DePaul has fared worse offensively in its past 10 games, posting 69.3 points per contest, 1.5 fewer points its than season average of 70.8. The Blue Demons have played worse defensively in their last 10 games, ceding 80 points per contest, 3.1 more points their than season average of 76.9.
Xavier vs. DePaul Prediction & Pick
Our pick to win this matchup is Xavier, and we project that Xavier will cover the spread (Xavier -12.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 152 points.
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