DePaul Blue Demons vs. South Florida Bulls, College Basketball Invitational finals 2nd game. The first game was for the Bulls by just two points. The favorites as we said it was the Bulls, but the game was balanced from the beginning. Now the Blue Demons have the advantage of playing the next two games at home to stay with the title. The Bulls want to do whatever it takes to prevent the Blue Demons home advantage from playing against them.
DePaul Blue Demons: It’s now or never.
The Blue Demons lost the first game by just two points, 61-63 was the final score. The weakness of the Blue Demons was in the first half, the team lost that half 25-31. The second half was for the Blue Demons 36-32 but not enough to win. None of the Starters could score 20 points, only Eli Cain was close with 19 points in the game. From the bench the reserves only contributed five points in total.
The team keeps scoring, in the first game they scored 44% FG points, 20% Offensive rebound and 48.4% in the free throw shots. At home the average points this season is 81.0 per game, 27.29 FG points, 71.5% free throw shots, 6.94 three pointers and 14.82 assists. The defense allows up to 73.9 points, 25.47 FG points and 9.41 three pointers.
The ATS record is 10-11-0 at home, but also negative at CBI with 1-2-0. The only victory in the spread during this tournament was against Central Michigan being favorites -7.0 the team won by 14 points. The average points at home is -7.5 on the ATS in the overall season.
South Florida Bulls: We can not let them win.
The Bulls know that the first victory was very important. The message sent to the Blue Demons was clear: “we will not give in to you”. The Bulls dominated the first half, although they lost the second half, the important thing was to win the game. The key to victory was in the distribution of responsibilities, the Bulls used more than 4 reserves in the game. David Collins scored 23 points, Rideau 15, Brown 7 and Yetna 10.
The statistics in the first game were good for the Bulls with 51.9% FG points, 25% offensive rebounds. The problem with the Bulls is that the numbers on the road are negative with 4-6 overall. The average points are 71.2 per game, 24.11 FG points, 61.9% free throw shots, 7.78 three pointers, 13.67 assists.
The ATS on the road record is positive with 7-3-0, in the CBI the ATS record is 2-1-1 but those games were all at home. The average points on the road is +4.3 in the spread. 5-0-1 since 2010 against DePaul in the spread. Six wins in the spread was the best winning streak of the Bulls this season.
My Free Pick & Prediction for DePaul Blue Demons vs. South Florida Bulls 04/03/2019 is: take the South Florida Bulls +6.0 (Point Spread).
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