DePaul vs. St John's
Sure the Blue Demons (a blue demon, seriously how intimidating is that - sounds like a little devil with pajamas) defeated the Red Storm (between my teenage daughter and my wife I've got my own monthly red storm to contend with but that's another issue) earlier this season but it's a new day and DePaul is atrocious.
The Demons have lost 10 of their last 11 but it's the eleventh game people will remember who may want to plunk down a few bucks on the doggie today. Yes, they snapped that 10-game shame spiral with a 65-60 win over Seton Hall as 4 ½ point home dogs in NCAA basketball odds on Tuesday night. But that just means they are due for another losing streak because this team is that bad.
St. John's on the other hand is a respectable 18-11 overall and had won 9 of 10 until they gamely battled Villanova as 8 ½ road pups but fell 57-54 a little over a week ago. Therefore it was not surprising they had a letdown three days later when they hosted Xavier as six-point home chalk only to get stunned 65-53.
The difference between these two teams is that DePaul understands only the pretty people go to the Big Dance and they're just too damn ugly this season while the Johnnies could very well be dancing the night away if they can string together a big win today and wrap up the season with a victory over Marquette on Saturday.
St. John's -15 rolls as one of my NCAA basketball picks. Get down at WilliamHill.com.
Purdue vs. Iowa
The Boilermakers are stumbling down the stretch. They have lost their last three games and four of their last five. While that sounds pretty bad we must take a peek at how Purdue handled their business last time out of the box when they tangled with Big Ten leaders Michigan. On Wednesday night the Boilermakers welcomed Big Blue as 5 ½ point home dogs and opened up a 13-point advantage at the half. Unfortunately for Purdue, Michigan fought back and forced an overtime that ultimately allowed the Wolverines to escape with a 77-76 victory.
Iowa, like Purdue, has lost three games in a row but stand at 12-3 at home. The Hawkeyes have seen their successful season come unhinged as they round the stretch towards the finish line but they are still putting up big statistical numbers. They rank fourth in the nation in both scoring and rebounding averaging 83.6 points and 42 rebounds per game. Last season they came away with a 10-point victory over the Boilermakers but I find it a bit reaching to use last season as any barometer for what will happen in a particular game.
So let's analyze this one as a piece of our NCAA basketball picks on Sunday. Iowa will certainly look to make this a winning effort after their most recent failures. And what's more is that they understand their top 20 national ranking will most assuredly be off the table unless they can beat up Purdue here. However, the number the oddsmakers are hanging on Iowa is a bit too steep for my liking. Purdue will be able to hang and bang on the glass as they average 39.2 boards per game which places them 19th in the country in that category. There aren't too many teams that can battle Iowa on the glass but Purdue can and that will allow the Boilermakers to hang around in this one. Iowa gets the win but Purdue gets the cover.
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