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Xavier Musketeers vs DePaul Blue Demons Preview

DePaul Blue DemonsXavier Musketeers
10-16February 19, 2014, 07:00 | Cintas Center17-8

The Xavier Musketeers hope to be lousy hosts on Wednesday as the DePaul Blue Demons pay a visit to Cintas Center on the college basketball betting menu.

The Musketeers currently sports a 17-8 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 14-9 ATS. The Blue Demons are 10-16 and 11-13-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Musketeers produce a 11-12 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Blue Demons have gone 12-13 against the number.

View DePaul Blue Demons vs Xavier Musketeers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Xavier in this one found them as -15-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Musketeers at No. 200 and the Blue Demons at No. 298 heading into this contest.

DePaul was an 84-61 loser in its last match on the road against Providence. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as underdogs. DePaul was run off the court by the Friars on Saturday as Providence routed them 84-61 at Dunkin Donuts Center.

Xavier lost its last outing, an 81-72 result against Marquette on February 15. They failed to cover in that game as a 4.5-point underdog. The Musketeers endured an 81-72 loss at the hands of the Golden Eagles on Saturday, despite a 20-point effort from Justin Martin at Bradley Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Xavier's No. 103 nationally ranked offense (73.2 points per game) against a Blue Demons defense that sits as the No. 223 at 75.27 PPG. The Musketeers have been averaging 47.28% from the field, more than the Blue Demons have managed so far this season (42.54% on average).

A few Blue Demons at Musketeers trends to consider:
DePaul is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
DePaul is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of DePaul's last 10 games
DePaul is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Xavier is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games
Xavier is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Xavier is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
Xavier is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
DePaul home to Marquette, Saturday, February 22nd
Xavier at Georgetown, Saturday, February 22nd