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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Blue Demons underdogs vs Friars at DePaul

Providence FriarsDePaul Blue Demons
15-6February 01, 2014, 01:00 | Allstate Arena10-11

The DePaul Blue Demons will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Providence Friars at Allstate Arena in NCAA basketball action.

The Blue Demons bring a 10-11 record (9-10-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 15-6 Friars, who are 10-9-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed DePaul go 9-11 so far and the Friars go 9-11.

View Providence Friars vs DePaul Blue Demons Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Blue Demons installed as 3.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Blue Demons at No. 253 and the Friars at No. 60 heading into this contest.

In their last action, Providence was a 61-50 loser on the road against Marquette. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. Bryce Cotton scored 20 points in a futile effort to lead the Friars to a win (they lost 61-50 to Marquette at Bradley Center on Thursday).

In their last action, DePaul was an 86-69 loser on the road against Seton Hall. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. Brandon Young scored 23 points in a futile effort to lead the Blue Demons to a win (they lost 86-69 to Seton Hall at Prudential Center on Saturday).

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and DePaul has the nation's No. 132-rated offensive output, at 72.14 PPG. The visiting Friars defense ranks No. 64 allowing on average 66.52 PPG. The Blue Demons FG% has averaged 43.28% so far, more than the Friars marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.39% per game.

A few Friars at Blue Demons trends to consider:
Providence is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Providence is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Providence is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Providence is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games on the road
DePaul is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
DePaul is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of DePaul's last 5 games
DePaul is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Providence home to St. John's, Tuesday, February 4th
DePaul at Georgetown, Monday, February 3rd