Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs DePaul Blue Demons Odds
The DePaul Blue Demons will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Allstate Arena in NCAA basketball action.
The Blue Demons bring a 10-14 record (11-10 ATS) to this tilt against the 13-10 Scarlet Knights, who are 9-11 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed DePaul go 11-9 so far and the Scarlet Knights go 7-10.
Bettors looking to back visiting Rutgers before tip-off in this one found them as 1.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Blue Demons sit at No. 162 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Scarlet Knights sit at No. 110 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Blue Demons will win this game 72-70.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up DePaul's No. 49 nationally ranked offense (73.5 points per game) against a Scarlet Knights defense that sits as the No. 180 at 66.5 PPG. The Blue Demons have been averaging 43.6% from the field, less than the Scarlet Knights have managed so far this season (44.1% on average).
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Rutgers owns the country's No. 147-rated mark, allowing 68.4 points per game on the highway. DePaul, on the other hand, rates No. 97 in scoring at home.
Rutgers was a 57-55 winner in its last match at home against Seton Hall. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites. The Scarlet Knights got 14 points from Eli Carter as Rutgers ran past Seton Hall 57-55 on Tuesday at Louis Brown Athletic Center.
In their last action, DePaul was an 82-78 loser on the road against Notre Dame. They covered the 12-point spread as underdogs. The Blue Demons endured an 82-78 loss at the hands of the Fighting Irish on Wednesday, despite a 23-point effort from Cleveland Melvin at Joyce Center.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Villanova are 4-6
After playing Seton Hall are 2-8
After a win are 6-4
DePaul Blue Demons Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Georgetown are 4-6
After playing Notre Dame are 3-7
After a loss are 1-9
A few Scarlet Knights at Blue Demons trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Rutgers's last 5 games on the road
Rutgers is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of DePaul's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of DePaul's last 5 games when playing Rutgers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of DePaul's last 6 games at home
DePaul is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Rutgers
Rutgers at Villanova, Monday, February 18
DePaul at Georgetown, Wednesday, February 20