The DePaul Blue Demons (0-3) and the Portland Pilots (2-3) face off in the Phil Knight Invitational – Victory at Memorial Coliseum. The games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 142.5 points with DePaul set as an 8.5-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 26, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
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In the Pilots last contest, they were blown out by the Oklahoma Sooners, 93-71. Josh McSwiggan put together a good performance for Portland, contributing 13 points. Oklahomas 29.0 offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest advantage over Portland, who had a mark of 18.4. The Sooners mark was above their season average of 25.2, while the Pilots was below their season average of 29.0.
The Blue Demons are trying to rebound after their 89-79 loss to the Oregon Ducks in their last game. With 19 points and six rebounds, Eli Cain had a good game for DePaul. Oregon had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.573 vs. 0.455). DePaul, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (15.8 vs. 17.4).
Since last season, the Pilots are 13-25 straight up (SU) and 16-15-2 against the spread (ATS). Portland games have had a tendency to go under the O/U total since last season (57.6 percent).
The Blue Demons, meanwhile, have records of 9-26 SU and 15-20-1 ATS since last season. Just over half of DePauls games have finished over the projected point total over that same period.
Portland Pilots vs. DePaul Blue Demons Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – DePaul, ATS Winner – Portland, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Blue Demons average 11.2 assists per game, which ranks 294th in the NCAA. The Pilots rank 232nd in assists allowed per game (14.3).
- Portland ranks 116th in blocks per game (3.6) while DePaul ranks 132nd in blocks allowed per game (3.3).
- DePaul ranks 118th in steals per game (6.6) while Portland ranks 248th (5.2).
- The Blue Demons rank 143rd in rebounds allowed per game (34.7) while the Pilots rank 257th (37.4).
- DePaul ranks 229th in three pointers allowed per game (22.5) while Portland ranks 306th (25.2).