CBI Tournament Finals Betting Preview: DePaul Blue Demons vs. South Florida Bulls – Monday, April 1, 2019

by Mar 31, 2019NCAA Basketball

Matchup at a Glance

When: Monday, April 1, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Venue: Yuengling Center

Location: Tampa, Florida

Point Spread: South Florida Bulls -1

Betting Total: 151.5

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The South Florida Bulls will open up Game 1 of the CBI College Basketball Finals on Monday Night, April 1, 2019 against the Depaul Blue Demons.  

This game is being played at Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida with the tip-off scheduled to take place at 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time and can be seen on ESPN-U.

MyBookie has set the point spread for this game at South Florida Bulls -1 and put the betting total for Over/Under plays at 151.5 points.

DePaul Blue Demons

The DePaul Blue Demons enter the CBI Finals fresh off a 92-87 victory over Coastal Carolina as an 8-point favorite. DePaul got to the finals by going through Central Michigan, Longwood and Coastal Carolina.  

The Blue Demons are relying on their Senior presence to get them to the finals of the tournament and will look to continue that trend on Monday Night against South Florida.  

Their combination of Max Strus, Paul Reed, Femi Olujobi, Eli Cain and Devin Gage combine to score 97% of the Blue Demons points in their last 5-games.  The bottom line, if you want to stop the Blue Demons, you must stop the seniors!

The Blue Demons are averaging 78.6 ppg and are ranked 45th in the country on offense.  They are led by Max Strus, who scored 20.0 ppg on the season. Strus is the teams top 3-point shooter, attempting 281 on the year.

If you have turned on ESPN or read any article online, you know that when DePaul holds their opponents to 63 points or less, they are undefeated.  They are 5-0 when holding the opposition to that low number and that is exactly what they will try to do on Monday Night. Conversely, when they allow 63 or more points, they are 2 games under .500 with a record of 13-15.

The Blue Demons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.  They are also 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games, which really doesn’t give us a ton of hype for them.


South Florida Bulls

The South Florida Bulls are playing in the CBI Finals after knocking off Loyola Marymount by the score of 56-47.   David Collins has been the key focal point for South Florida and has taken over games for the Bulls.

The Bulls are one of the top defensive teams in the country.  They are only allowing 66.5 ppg and are ranked 54th in the country in points allowed.  

David Collins is the leader on offense.  Collins is averaging 15.7 ppg and shot nearly 40% from the floor on the season.  

South Florida have been strong in non-conference games.  They are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games however they are just 5-12 ATS against teams from the Big East.

South Florida has won their last three home games and have scored an average of 68 points per game.  That lines up with what we were saying earlier for teams that are scoring 63 or more points beat DePaul.  

Bulls Pick Up Win Over DePaul

DePaul has become reliant on shooting the 3-pointer.  Their top scorer, Max Strus, has hit 13 of the 3-pointers in the last 3 games, which has helped push them over the edge and get them the wins in all 3 games.  

The problem with that is they are now up against a South Florida defense, that is forcing the opposition to turn the ball over nearly 23% on possessions.  

Additionally, the last 8 times that USF and Depaul have played each other, the Bulls have won all 8 games, going 8-0 SU and ATS.  I think they keep this a low scoring game and get the win over DePaul!

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