After a 79-60 loss on the road to Stanford on Tuesday, DePaul will return home to AllState Arena where they will host in-state rival Northwestern.
DePaul has been streaky this season. After winning the season opener, they dropped three in a row, won the next four in a row and have since dropped the last two for a record of 5-5.
Northwestern will make the 30 minute car ride to DePaul sporting a 9-1 record and looking to extend their win streak to seven games.
The last time these teams met, in 2013, DePaul beat Northwestern at the buzzer on their home court in Evanston for a 57-56 win.
How to watch, listen or steam
Game time: 2 pm ET
TV: Fox Sports 1
Radio: ESPN 1000 (Chicago)
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go and the Fox Sports Go App
The line opened at Northwestern -6 but has since moved to Northwestern -3.5/-4 (depending where you look) according to OddShark.
Northwestern is 4-4-2 against the spread while DePaul is 3-6 against the spread this season.
The final score projections favor Northwestern here as OddShark has them winning 76-60 and KenPom has them winning 70-67.
Three things to know
The 3-point battle: Northwestern is 2nd in the Big Ten, making 10.1 3-pointers per game while DePaul only makes 5.3 shots from beyond the arc. It's no secret where DePaul's weakness on defense lies as Stanford was able to knock down 10-of-19 from behind the arc. With 46.2% 3-point shooter Bryant McIntosh coming to town, the Blue Demons will have to lock up their perimeter defense and try to make Northwestern beat them in the paint.
Protect the rock: DePaul turned the ball over 20 times against Stanford, the nation's 122nd ranked defense, and have averaged 15 turnovers a game. Coming into this game, Northwestern is the nation's 37th ranked defense and so the Blue Demons will need to be careful not to waste possessions and give Northwestern transition buckets. On the other side, Northwestern averages 18.9 assists per game (15th in the country) but just 11 turnovers. DePaul is going to need to disrupt passing lanes and keep up with switches and rotations to avoid a 3-point shooting barrage from the Wildcats.
Adjust for inflation: Yes, this is probably Northwestern's best chance to make its first NCAA Tournament and they definitely have the talent. However, they have beaten up on some of the worst teams in the country to build this hot start. Their only loss was to No. 9 North Carolina on a neutral site but since then, four of the last six teams they beat have a combined 9-35 record. At home against an in-state rival, DePaul may be able to catch Northwestern on their heels and send them home with a loss.