Free Picks - DePaul Blue Demons vs Xavier Musketeers

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 6:54 PM GMT

 

Xavier has struggled down the stretch and now finds itself as a proverbial NCAA Tournament bubble team. DePaul will look to salvage an otherwise brutal season by pulling off an upset or two at the “world’s most famous arena”.

  

DePaul Blue Demons vs Xavier Musketeers

 

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Xavier was a Top 25 team during the first half of this season and has descended to currently being on the NCAA March Madness periphery. Xavier’s win in their regular season finale put an end to a 0-6 SU&ATS skid. What’s really been alarming has been the Musketeers porous defensive play. Particularly since they’ve been perennially one of the better defensive teams nationally. Through the course of their last 5 games, Xavier has allowed a lofty 80.4 points per contest, and opponents have shot a disturbing 48.6% from the field.

Barring something short of a miraculous run to winning the Big East Tournament, DePaul won’t be included in one the NCAA March Madness brackets. Nevertheless, the Blue Demons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a double-digit underdog, and they pulled off an outright upset on one of those occasions. Ironically, DePaul concluded their regular season slate with a 13-point home loss to Xavier, and it put an end to a 5-game ATS win streak.

I believe Xavier will do just enough in this game to advance to Thursday’s quarterfinal round. Nonetheless, based on current college basketball odds, it’s just too risky to lay this sizable of a number on a team that’s faded badly during the second half of this 2016-2017 college basketball campaign.

 

Free NCAAB Pick: DePaul +9

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