When the DePaul Blue Demons (9-20, 3-15 Big East) and UConn Huskies (22-7, 11-7 Big East) met in Chicago, the Huskies were in control throughout.
For the Blue Demons that’s been par for the course lately, as that game was just a part of their active 10-game losing streak. DePaul is 10th in the conference standings this season, barely ahead of last place Georgetown. Road games have played a major part, as they’re just 2-11 away from home.
While UConn experienced turbulence in conference play too, they’ve seemingly righted the ship, hopefully just in time for a March run. The #14 UConn Huskies have won six of their last seven games, a stretch that began with beating DePaul 90-76 to end January. This will be their final home game, and between Gampel Pavilion and XL Center, the Huskies are 14-2 when playing in Connecticut.
While the first game was lopsided, there’s a reason teams play each game on the schedule. Let’s see if this game will be more competitive, or if UConn will cruise to another victory.
DePaul vs. UConn Betting Odds
|DePaul||+18.0 (-110)||Over 147.0 (-115)||+1000|
|UConn||-18.0 (-110)||Under 147.0 (-105)||-2100|
DePaul vs. UConn Match Details
Fixture: DePaul Blue Demons @ UConn Huskies
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 7:00 p.m. EST
Venue: XL Center
Blue Demons vs. Huskies Key Stats
The greatest takeaway from the first meeting between these teams is that UConn is much better on the glass. The Huskies outrebounded the Blue Demons 38-25 in that game, which UConn led for the entire second half.
In that game, the Huskies also managed to put up 90 points despite shooting 25.0% from three. UConn shot 50.9% from the field and hit 30 of 34 free throws, 88.2%. DePaul shot 44.6% from the field in that game but only hit 17 of their 28 free throws, 60.7%.
UConn is one of the most dangerous teams in the country. On offense, they average 78.9 points per game on 45.6% shooting and 35.6% from three. The Huskies hit 75.8% of their free throws too. On defense, they hold opponents to 65.2 points per game on 29.8% shooting from deep and 41.2% shooting overall.
DePaul isn’t on that level this year. Their defense allows 76.7 points a night on 44.7% shooting and 34.4% from beyond the arc. Offensively, they shoot 36.2% from distance, but only shoot 42.4% from the floor and score 71.4 points per game.
DePaul vs. UConn Betting Prediction
18 points is a lot, but UConn has been dominant at home lately. Their last home game was an 18-point win over #20 Providence in Gamepl Pavilion.
The last time they played in XL Center, they took down then-#10 Marquette by 15. Before the Marquette game, UConn’s last game in XL Center came against Butler, the team that’s probably the most comparable to DePaul in the Big East. UConn beat Butler by 30 that afternoon. The Huskies are clearly the better team on both ends and took down the Blue Demons by 14 on the road.
At home, the Huskies play better, and DePaul may be fatigued entering a second straight road game against another ranked opponent, this time in a different time zone. Take UConn to beat the spread.