DePaul sports a 7-0 ATS streak while Rutgers is riding a 4-0 run at the window. One streak will end tonight when the Blue Demons host the Scarlet Knights at Allstate Arena.
DePaul and Rutgers may be on the bottom of the Big East standings, but they have made some profits for bettors as of late. The Blue Demons have gone 7-0 ATS despite a 1-6 SU run while the Scarlet Knights have won three of their last four amidst a 4-0 ATS streak.
Both squads will drop in class and face each other at Allstate Arena on Tuesday. The Blue Demons have not had a home game since being edged out by Syracuse, 59-57, on January 30, and covering ATS as 14 ½-point underdogs.
Since then, DePaul reeled off three more covers ATS in losses to Marquette, Connecticut, and Seton Hall.
Sunday, the Blue Demons fell behind, 50-35, against the Pirates at halftime, but battled back to lose, 79-71, to get the money as 14 ½-point dogs. The 150 combined points easily sailed ‘over’ the 138-point ‘total’ in Newark.
Will Walker led DePaul with 19 points, and played the full 40 minutes for a fourth straight game.
Teammate Mac Koshwal had his second double-double in three games with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Rutgers had their biggest surprise of the season with a win on Sunday over Georgetown, 71-68, as a 10 ½-point home dog.
The Scarlet Knights were outshot, 50.9-44.8 percent, and outrebounded, 30-28, but still came away with the upset thanks to connecting on seven of 18 three-pointers.
Jonathan Mitchell drained four of six from beyond the arc, and led Rutgers with 24 points.
The 139 combined points barely slipped ‘under’ the closing ‘total’ of 140.
Rutgers has cashed at 3-1 ATS in its last four meetings with DePaul despite the teams splitting SU during that stretch. ‘Totals’ have split, as well.
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DePaul could be out for some revenge after being crushed last season, 75-56, in Piscataway. Walker still had a big night for the Blue Demons with 23 points.
Allowing 50.8 percent shooting from Rutgers caused the lob-sided defeat with DePaul only mustering 20 baskets from the field in 58 attempts.
Bookmaker opened Walker and Company as four-point home chalk. Early Rutgers action at Pinnacle caused the Curacao shop to drop its number to 3 ½.
The ‘total’ was initially set at 127 ½, but has since gone north a point on most betting boards.
Matchups that DePaul has hosted this season have had the ‘under’ cash at a 5-1 clip, including several occasions at ‘totals’ less than tonight’s.
My selection will be to lay the points here with DePaul and hope the Blue Demons can make some green for an eighth straight time. Last place teams need to get their spirits up somehow, and DePaul looks to be in the right place and right time for a big home win.
Rutgers has been playing some better ball lately, but has a 1-8 SU record away from home, as well as an unprofitable 3-6 ATS. Mitchell’s squad should be due for a letdown here as beating the Hoyas may have been its season peak.
Look for Walker to have another big game for DePaul, and for the Blue Demons to cover ATS by a few buckets. Piling on some extra points after last year’s blowout loss to the Scarlet Knights would especially not be a surprise.
Get your reloads in and tune into ESPNU, who will broadcast this conference clash at 9 p.m. (ET).