The DePaul Blue Demons are on the road at Creighton University on Wednesday night looking to spring an upset. DePaul is coming off a big win over the St. John’s Red Storm on Saturday. It’s one of their biggest wins of the season, as they went on the road to upset St. John’s by a score of 88-83. DePaul was on a five-game losing streak heading into that contest, but were able to find enough in the tank for an upset. They also beat Marquette earlier in the season on the road, 68-61.
DePaul hasn’t had much to celebrate this season, but they’ve been good for a solid effort here and there. The Blue Demons bring a record of 4-10 and 2-10 in the Big East with them to Creighton. I will say that DePaul is slightly better than their record indicates. Maybe not by much, but DePaul has been competitive at times this season. We’ll see if they can build on their momentum from their win over the Red Storm on Wednesday night in Omaha.
DePaul already played Creighton once this season, with a 69-62 loss on January 30. That wasn’t at Creighton University, though, so a matchup on the road could prove to be a trickier situation. Creighton goes into tonight with a strong record of 16-5 and 12-4 in the conference. The No. 13 Bluejays are in the thick of the Big East race, with Villanova currently leading the conference with a record of 10-2 and 15-3 overall.
The Bluejays are capable of beating Villanova, as we saw recently on February 13 in their last outing. They were in terrific form in a 86-70 win, but didn’t see the Wildcats at their best in that contest. Creighton and Villanova will meet again on March 3 in what could be a revenge spot for the Wildcats. The Bluejays are coming off a bit of a layoff, so we’ll see how they respond. Baylor responded terrible after a long layoff last night. They needed a full half to get back into sync. Creighton hasn’t been off that, though. Head below for our free DePaul vs. Creighton pick on February 24, 2021.
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Which DePaul are we going to see on Wednesday night? After a big win over St. John’s on the road, the Blue Demons are back at it on the road in a spot where it might be difficult to keep that form. This is the third straight appearance for DePaul on the road. They haven’t played at home since a 57-47 loss against Providence on February 13.
A long road trip can begin to wear on a team, especially in a Covid season, where following all of the protocols can be a hassle when travelling. DePaul has been inconsistent this season, and seem to come and play when they want. Doing it consecutively has been a problem for the Blue Demons. Following a big win over St. John’s, I’m skeptical that the Blue Demons can continue the momentum at Creighton University on Wednesday evening.
DePaul has been mediocre offensively with 66.9 points per game for 281th in the NCAA, along with a field goal percentage of 42.4%. The performance for DePaul in their 88-83 win was an extreme outlier. That was only the second time this season that the Blue Demons have recorded at least 80 points. I could see DePaul getting hit with a dose of variance after that offensive surge.
The Bluejays have done a solid job at limiting teams from the field. Opponents are shooting just 40.1% from the field for 31st in the NCAA. They’ve conceded 69.1 points per game through 21 games this season. Their offense, led by talented senior, Marcus Zegarowski, is one of the better units in the NCAA. When they’re hot from the field, the Bluejays have the talent to pull away from an opponent in a hurry.
Creighton goes into Wednesday night with an average of 79.1 points scored per game for 38th and 48.7% from the field for 23rd. They are netting over 80 points per game at home, and should be able to produce something along those lines tonight. DePaul has conceded 75 points per game on the road. They likely need another big offensive performance, though I’m not confident in them duplicating what they did versus St. John’s. I’m on Creighton in a 81-63 type of ball game in Omaha.