DePaul Blue Demons vs. Connecticut Huskies
The UConn Huskies and the DePaul Blue Demons kick off the Big East Tournament as they meet for a first round game on Tuesday. The Huskies are -10.5 point favorites over the Blue Demons with an over/under point total set at 149.
The UConn Huskies are out to defend their National Championship from a year ago but without at least a win in the Big East Tournament Jim Calhoun’s team may not get the opportunity. Connecticut was 8-10 in the Big East this season, 2-1 in neutral site games, and they finished tied for ninth place in the conference standings. Jeremy Lamb averages 17.6 points, Shabazz Napier averages 12.4 points and 5.9 assists, Ryan Boatright averages 10.3 points and 4.1 assists, and Andre Drummond averages 10.2 points and 7.8 rebounds. As a team the Huskies are averaging 68.8 points and they are shooting 45.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.1 points and their opponents shoot 38.7 percent. Last season UConn went on a big run that started early in the Big East Tournament and ended with them cutting down the nets after the NCAA Championship game and they hope to do the same this year.
The DePaul Blue Demons had a few positive moments this year but Oliver Purnell’s team had far too few of those good times this season. DePaul is 3-15 in the Big East, 2-1 in neutral site games, and they finished in 16th and last place in the conference standings. Cleveland Melvin averages 17.4 points and 7.3 rebounds, Brandon Young averages 14.8 points and 4.9 assists, and Jeremiah Kelly is averaging 8.9 points. As a team the Blue Demons are averaging 74.4 points and they are shooting 44.2 percent while defensively they allow 76.6 points and their opponents are shooting 48 percent. DePaul is coming in off of a blowout win, something they have been on the other end of more often than not.
UConn is 0-4 against the spread following a cover, 5-2 against the spread in their last seven Tuesday games, and 22-8 against the spread in their last 30 neutral site games. DePaul is 7-15-1 against the spread in their last 23 Big East games, and 0-8 against the spread following a cover. DePaul is 1-4 against the spread in the last five meetings of these two.
I like the Huskies to win here but they just don’t blow a lot of teams out and I this is a bunch of points.
DePaul Blue Demons +1-.5 UCONN Huskies