Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Blue Demons vs. Musketeers CBB Odds
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2022 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(10-10) DePaul Blue Demons vs. Xavier Musketeers (16-5)
Date: Saturday, February 5th, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, OH
CBB Moneyline Odds: Blue Demons +240 | Musketeers -320
CBB Betting ATS Odds: DEP +9.5 | XAV -9.5 (Bet Now!)
CBB Betting Total: O/U 132.5
The DePaul Blue Demons will look to avoid the season sweep when they take on the Xavier Musketeers this weekend. The Blue Demons couldn’t hold off a late rally from the Musketeers a few weeks ago, losing 68-67.
Xavier will be heavily favored to win at home here.
DePaul Blue Demons
DePaul jumped out to a 9-1 start after handling a manageable non-conference slate well, with wins over Louisville and Rutgers standing out. The Blue Demons have started Big East play 1-8, but they Xavier very tough in the first meeting.
DePaul scores a healthy 72.8 points per game, and but the absence of hometown stud Javon Freeman-Liberty has left a glaring absence in the lineup. The 6’4 guard has scored 22 points or more six of the last nine games, including a career-best 34 points against Villanova, and his efforts have kept the Blue Demons afloat.
Freeman-Liberty ranked second in the Big East in scoring at 21.1 ppg, grabs 7.4 rpg and leads the Blue Demons in assists (3.1).
David Jones has enjoyed a bigger role in year two thus far. The 6’6 forward has been reliable offensively and he’s grown into a defensive menace. Jones scored 33 points and grabbed 14 boards in the win over Louisville, and he scored 26 points the win loss to Xavier on Thursday.
Jones is second on the team in scoring (14.4), and he leads them with 7.3 rpg. Minnesota transfer Brandon Johnson has meshed in well with his new team, and he’s third in both scoring (10.7) and rebounding (7.1)
Oregon transfer Jalen Terry exploded for a career-high 28 points in the loss to Xavier.
Xavier notched ten wins during non-conference play, including notable victories over Oklahoma State, and in-state foes Ohio State and Cincinnati. The Musketeers avoid a third straight conference loss after an impressive comeback road victory over Creighton last time out.
Paul Scruggs has been a mainstay in Cincinnati, and he leads one of the deepest teams in the nation for a fifth straight season. The 6’5 guard returned after setting the school single season assists record, and he’s averaging 11.7 ppg and a team-leading 4.4 apg.
Colby Jones and Nate Johnson join him in the backcourt. Johnson, a 6’4 senior, is third on the team in scoring (10.9), while Jones, a 6’6 guard, has been a stud on the glass. Jones double-doubled in the win over Oklahoma State, and he’s leading Xavier in rebounding (8.3), while scoring 10.7 ppg.
Jack Nunge was a huge pickup from Iowa over the summer. The 7′ big has come in and taken on a larger role early, posting a monster 31/15 line in the bad blood win over Cincinnati. Nunge is up to a team-lead 12.7 ppg and 7.2 rpg.
Andrew Kunkel has been an excellent spark plug, and he’s allowed the team to go small for extensive periods of time. The 6’5 guard scored 25 in the first matchup against Butler and the Belmont transfer is scoring 8.4 ppg.
Zach Freemantle had a bigger role last season, but Nunge’s arrival has toned things down a bit for him. Freemantle still remains a starter and a key piece to what the Musketeers do, and he’s coming off of a double-double in the win over Creighton.
CBB Betting Trends:
- DePaul is 4-8 ATS in their last 12 road games.
- Xavier are 8-4 ATS in their last 12 home games.
- Under is 5-2 in Musketeers last last seven games.
Free DePaul Blue Demons vs. Xavier Musketeers NCAAB Prediction: Xavier to Cover
Big East basketball is a beautiful thing once it’s in full swing.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Xavier -9.5
Life will continue to be tough for DePaul without Javon Freeman-Liberty. The Blue Demons have dropped four straight, and they likely won’t be able to replace his production going forward. Xavier will likely pick up their third straight win, and pour it on at the Cintas Center.
Take Xavier’s spread for this Big East battle, and view the under.
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