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DePaul Blue Demons Open as College Basketball Underdog vs Xavier Musketeers

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Cintas Center Saturday as the Xavier Musketeers look to beat the odds vs the DePaul Blue Demons in NCAA hoops betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Xavier Musketeers betting line as -17-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over/under total value at TopBet.

DePaul Blue Demons vs Xavier Musketeers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The DePaul Blue Demons will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Saturday; they are 7-5-1 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Xavier Musketeers are 11-3 ATS. DePaul Blue Demons are 7-6 on betting the total; Xavier Musketeers are 10-4.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Xavier Musketeers rated this week at No. 17 and the DePaul Blue Demons sitting at No. 112.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Xavier has the nation's No. 15-rated offensive output, at 87.21 PPG. The visiting DePaul Blue Demons defense ranks No. 129 allowing on average 70.54 PPG. The Musketeers FG% has averaged 52.13% so far, more than the Xavier Blue Demons marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.05% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Blue Demons endured a 103-85 loss at the hands of the Wildcats on Wednesday, despite a 20-point effort from Max Strus at Wintrust Arena.

Trevon Bluiett scored 23 points leading the Musketeers to a 91-87 victory over Marquette at Bradley Center on Wednesday.

Betting Trends
  • DePaul is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • DePaul is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • DePaul is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games
  • DePaul is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Xavier is 18-4 ATS in its last 22 games
  • Xavier is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Xavier's last 7 games
  • Xavier is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

DePaul home to Georgetown University, Tuesday, January 2nd
Xavier at Butler, Tuesday, January 2nd