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Blue Demons open as college hoops underdog vs Musketeers

Xavier MusketeersDePaul Blue Demons
14-4January 20, 2014, 04:00 | Allstate Arena10-8

Allstate Arena will host DePaul Blue Demons vs. Xavier Musketeers action on Monday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

Supporters of the Musketeers have watched them go 14-4 and 12-4 ATS on the year, while the Blue Demons are at 10-8 and 9-7-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Blue Demons are 6-11, while the Musketeers have a 8-8 mark.

View Xavier Musketeers vs DePaul Blue Demons Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -4.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 203-rated Blue Demons and the No. 18-ranked Musketeers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Xavier won its last outing, an 80-67 result against Georgetown on January 15. They covered in that game as a 4.5-point favorite. Xavier earned an 80-67 victory over Georgetown on Wednesday, getting 18 points from Semaj Christon at Cintas Center.

DePaul was an 88-62 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Villanova. They failed to cover the 17-point spread as underdogs. DePaul was crushed on Saturday, getting blown out by Villanova and falling by an 88-62 score at Villanova Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features DePaul's No. 146-ranked scoring average of 72.21 PPG, against a Musketeers defense rated No. 66 and allowing 66.39 PPG. The Blue Demons FG% has averaged 43.42% to date this season, less than the Musketeers shooters have managed so far (47.38% per game).

Next up:
Xavier at Providence, Saturday, January 25th
DePaul at Seton Hall, Saturday, January 25th