12
JAN
2018

NCAAB January 12th

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NCAAB Yesterday: 2-0, (100.00%) +2.0 Units
NCAAB Season: 33-26-1, (55.93%) +4.4 Units

2-0 day yesterday brings me to 7-1 over the last 8 plays and now nearly 56% on the season. Things are starting to heat up and the trend of January being my best month the last few years is holding true again here in 2018. Here’s what I’ve got tonight…

DePaul (PK): Providence is coming off a nice home upset win over Xavier last weekend and has another big home battle on deck Monday when Butler comes to town. In between is this road game against lowly DePaul. Your textbook, classic sandwich spot. Coming off a big game and looking ahead to another big game on deck. Providence was obviously fired up for Xavier last weekend and you know they’ll be fired up for Butler on Monday. Will they be fired up for a road game against DePaul? I’m not so sure. Now DePaul I’ll admit is nothing special and they are probably the worst team in the Big East, keep in mind however that the worst team in the Big East could still end up being a top 100 Ken Pom team. This is one of those conferences where they are no easy road wins. In the third year under Leitao DePaul has picked up the pace a bit tempo wise, and even more so in the last 5 games where they are averaging 76.8 possessions per contest. They’ll likely try to speed this one up a bit and get the Friars playing faster than they’d like to. DePaul is one of those teams that really doesn’t anything great, but they don’t do anything terribly either. They are a little bit above average offensively, a little bit above average defensively, and they play faster than most teams like. Their strength is with their size and inside where do most of their damage offensively and do a very good job limiting their opponents paint points. Overall though this play isn’t nearly as much about X’s and O’s as it is the spot itself. I’m going to challenge Providence to be engaged enough mentally to follow up a big time win with another big game on deck. This is a team that’s only 1-3 on the road so far this year and I expect a test tougher than what it appears to be on paper for the Friars tonight.

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