Bet DePaul -11 over Florida Atlantic

Jeff Grant

Thursday, December 12, 2013 1:07 PM GMT

The DePaul Blue Demons have faced a very challenge schedule in the early going, but it lightens up in facing the Florida Atlantic Owls Thursday night. Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball betting odds for this non-conference affair at Allstate Arena.

Streaking for the first time

Florida Atlantic has put together its first winning streak of the 2013-14 campaign, which includes an 83-63 home victory over Jacksonville last Saturday.

The Owls have two players averaging double figures, with senior guard Pablo Bertone leading the way in scoring 18.9 points a contest, while sophomore Jackson Trapp is pouring in 10.6.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 7-27 SU and 13-18 ATS on the road, with the UNDER going 12-5 in that situation.

Splitsville

DePaul has split its first eight games, as it attempts to bounce back from a humiliating 78-56 defeat to the Arizona State Sun Devils last Wednesday listed as 4.5-point home underdogs in the NCAA basketball odds.

The Blue Demons played that most recent affair without the services of senior guard Brandon Young, who is scoring a team-leading 16.3 points per game, but was unable to contribute due to an ankle injury.

Young is listed as probable on the most recent injury report to participate in this matchup.

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Taking better care of the basketball

College basketball handicappers may have an interest in backing the Owls, as their averaging 13.7 turnovers per game, which is down from 15.4 a season ago.

Florida Atlantic must take care of the basketball against DePaul—an opponent that likes to create scoring opportunities off opponents’ miscues.

Feast or famine

The Blue Demons are winning by an average of 17.0 points per game and losing by 16.2 points per game.

DePaul’s strength of schedule is ranked 14th nationally, with its four losses coming to teams that are a combined 33-4 SU on the year.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers add the Blue Demons to their NCAA basketball picks, as they’ve gone 26-12 ATS in their last 38 games versus Conference USA opponents.

College Basketball Pick: DePaul Blue Demons -11

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